DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--“Broken the Musical” is a story about tragedy. And about justice. But most of all, it’s a story about the power of the human spirit to overcome one of the most deeply personal and damaging events one can endure, rape.
With an original story by Monica Martino and music by Aaron Fryklund, Broken follows the path of Mona as she suffers a sexual assault and then grapples with repairing her shattered life. It’s an inspirational story told through cutting-edge theater that stars up-and-coming local performers Molly Pope, Jonathan Hardin and a cast of talented actors, singers and dancers.
Martino was inspired to write Broken after hearing a news story about the loss of thousands of untested rape kits that were to be used as evidence in sexual assault cases.
“After hearing the news report about the lost rape kits I thought to myself, ‘That’s just not right,’” said Martino, executive producer of Broken. “Don’t these perpetrators know that no means no? It was then that I came up with the ‘No Means No Tango,’ which turned out to be one of the leading performances in the musical. ‘Strike A Chord’ was also based on a poem that I previously wrote. The words for Broken just showed up; I channeled it.”
A self-proclaimed “techie,” Broken is the first musical Martino has written. In fact, Martino doesn’t have any theater experience but is the CTO of local telecommunications company Accudata Technologies. With 13 patents bearing her name and 20 pending, Martino has been named a DBJ Top 25 Women to Watch and most recently an honoree of the inaugural North Texas Women in Technology Awards presented in partnership by the DBJ and TeXchange DFW.
Gilley’s Dallas will host Broken from July 25-Aug. 17. The performance is the first musical the venue has held. Innovative in design, the Lone Star Room will be transformed into three stages. Actors will perform on each stage and amongst the audience.
The opening night of Broken will serve as a Black Tie Gala and charity event with 50 percent of ticket sales benefiting the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. The center’s mission is to provide survivors and their loved ones the resources they need to reclaim their lives.
“Broken brings real issues facing our community to life through the theater. The musical is about healing after tremendous circumstances. It’s also about educating viewers about the challenges sexual assault victims face within the judicial system,” Martino said. “In Dallas alone, 4,000 rape kits have not been tested. Although conditions have improved during the last five years, it’s still a major problem that needs to be addressed. For many, finding out the results of the test kits brings healing and closure to deep wounds.”
Ticket and Showtime Information
- Opening Night Black Tie Gala, Friday, July 25 at 8 p.m. All seats are $100 with 50 percent of ticket proceeds benefiting the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center
- Location: The Lone Star Room at Gilley’s Dallas, South Side Event Center, 1135 S Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75215
- Run of Show: July 25 through Aug. 17
- Run of show tickets are $27.50, $39.50 and $49.50, depending on the seat
Tuesday through Thursday shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 8 p.m.
Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2 p.m.
Mondays are dark.
Broken contains mature themes, sexual situations and strong language. No one under 17 will be admitted.
About Broken the Musical
Learn more about “Broken the Musical” and its cast at www.brokenthemusical.com. Like the production on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrokenTheMusical and follow it on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BrokenMusical to get the latest show scheduling and ticketing updates and learn more about the heart of its story.