Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gasps were heard across the Georgia Lewis Theater Wednesday night as playwright George W. Stewart invited the real Pamela and Eric Whitt (pictured) from the audience to the stage at the conclusion of "Isolated"—a stage play that chronicled the life of Pamela Whitt who survived domestic violence that could have killed her.
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College students, faculty, staff and community members experienced an emotional roller coaster Wednesday night as they watched the urban socio-drama stage play, "Isolated", which chronicles the life of Pamela Adams Whitt who survived domestic violence that could have killed her.
The two-act, five-scene play was preceded with an opening performance by gospel rapper “Righteous” of Memphis, Tenn.
During the play, in honor of October’s designation as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, audience members received information on ways to recognize, report and prevent domestic violence in-between scenes.
The plot, set in the 1980’s, recounts Pamela’s journey as a young woman who’s dreams and hopes for a successful life are derailed by an unplanned pregnancy and a subsequent abusive relationship that nearly cost her life.
After months of recovering physically, mentally and emotionally, Pamela finally finding peace and true love with her high school sweetheart, Eric.
Gasps were heard across the Georgia Lewis Theater when, at the conclusion of the play, playwright George W. Stewart invited the real Pamela and Eric Whitt from the audience to the stage.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Pamela recalled how the ordeal impacted not only her, but her family as well.
“This is my life—a life of isolation, abuse, batter. I was shot with my baby in my arms,” Whitt said. “I thank God for keeping me and my children because we went through a lot.”
She encouraged domestic violence victims to get out safely and as quickly as possible.
“You can’t speak from the grave. If you are in a situation like this, don’t sit on a lie—don’t play the blame game. If I can get through it, you can too.”
The event concluded with an open discussion between Whitt; Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Coordinator Tasheena Galmore; and audience members.
“I hope you all got the message,” said Stewart. “We wanted to show you that this is real—don’t play with your life. It is not natural or okay for anyone to abuse you physically, mentally or emotionally.”
The event was organized and sponsored by CCC’s Lyceum Committee.
CLICK HERE to more photos from the play on CCC’s Facebook page.