PublisherThe University of Arizona.
Abstract“Why Stay” is a play about an abusive relationship from the end to the beginning. People often ask women or men who have been in abusive relationships, “Why stay?” By showing a relationship in reverse chronological order, the intent of the piece was to delve into that question and show a new perspective. This piece was created by interviewing women who are currently or have been in domestically abusive relationships. By using their answers, the main two characters were then crafted. The piece culminated in a staged reading and was attending by faculty and students from the school of theatre, film and television. This piece is important because Tucson is a community with Emerge, a domestic abuse shelter, and yet people are not comfortable discussing their situations. They often feel ashamed of their past, so this play is a chance to change that perception.