Performers Hope to Bring Awareness to WWU

William Woods University will welcome a different type of theatrical production to its stage later this month.


On Feb. 28, Troubling Violence Performance Project (TVPP) will perform narratives of actual stories about living with and escaping violence in abusive relationships. The group, consisting of University of Missouri faculty and students, has found a way to make domestic violence real, down-to-earth and hard to ignore.


Their performance, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. Following their performance, the actors will take the stage and allow the audience to openly discuss the stories and issues raised during the performance. This event is free and open to the community.

TVPP is a performance troupe that performs real stories dealing with abuse and violence in relationships. Their performances are an attempt to open conversation on a subject that has been considered taboo for so long. Through this, the group aims to bring awareness and an opportunity for healing and safe discussion about a topic that is often a private issue for victims.


TVPP was founded in 2003 by Dr. Heather Carver and Dr. Elaine Lawless. The two professors formed a performance group that would perform narratives from Lawless’ book, “Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment Through Narrative.”


For more information about the event, contact Loree Monroe, WWU nurse practitioner, at 573-592-4222 or