Co’Riyah (Tifphanie Darity, left) isn’t sure who she sees in the mirror in Truth Be Told, a new play that speaks about sexual abuse. Photo: Monica McDaniel

Truth Be Told

Co’Riyah (Tifphanie Darity, left) isn’t sure who she sees in the mirror in Truth Be Told, a new play that speaks about sexual abuse. Photo: Monica McDaniel

Sexual abuse can take many different forms and can affect two different people two very different ways.

In Truth Be Told, written and directed by local playwright and poet Monica McDaniel, two one-act plays display the struggles of sexual abuse and the aftermath, which is healing.

“This play is my response to the #metoo movement, though it is not necessarily affiliated with the movement,” said Monica McDaniel, playwright who will also direct. “It was important to me to speak the truth for the voiceless.”

In Truth Be Told, the stories of two different women, Serenity and Co’Riyah, are told. These stories speak the truth—or a truth, their truths—about going through the harsh and mind blowing journey of sexual abuse. This powerful show has a bold message with a light at the end of the tunnel.

Truth Be Told will open the 2019-20 35below season and is also the inaugural play in Asheville Community Theatre’s Artistic Horizons program, a program that gives local artists the opportunity to pursue new creative paths in the theatre.

In the 2019-20 season, Artistic Horizons will feature four productions created by new, emerging, or established writers who are expanding their craft to include playwriting, or are helmed by first time directors who want to workshop a piece before committing to a full performance run.

Truth Be Told is produced by WinniesChild Productions, in partnership with 35below and Asheville Community Theatre.

Performances of Truth Be Told take place Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. through September 21, 2019. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, over the phone at (828) 254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office, 35 East Walnut St. in Asheville.

 

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