This essay employs performative writing to introduce the Troubling Violence Performance Project, a troupe that seeks to open lines of communication about issues of domestic violence through performance of personal narratives. Performative writing is a way of embodying the complexity of the issues. Experimental in nature, the paper attempts to demonstrate how story is used to educate audiences about social issues. Neither the stories of abuse nor the description of the troupe’s work is polished or neat, and there are certainly no tidy endings. The women’s stories and the work itself are a messy business, but through the power of story they are attempts to change lives.
Carver, M. Heather
"This Is the Story of ... The Troubling Violence Performance Project,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol4/iss2/3