JOHANNA: FACING FORWARD

Johanna: Facing Forward explores the topic of domestic violence, community response, and personal resilience through the story of Johanna Orozco. At age 18 Johanna survives a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend. Recovering with the help of her extended family, a committed medical team, and a new friend in journalist Rachel Dissell, Johanna ultimately must choose to face her attacker in order to move forward in...
Johanna: Facing Forward explores the topic of domestic violence, community response, and personal resilience through the story of Johanna Orozco. At age 18 Johanna survives a brutal attack by her ex-boyfriend. Recovering with the help of her extended family, a committed medical team, and a new friend in journalist Rachel Dissell, Johanna ultimately must choose to face her attacker in order to move forward in her life. After her assailant is sentenced, Johanna’s advocacy helps close loopholes in her state’s laws to protect and support other young people facing intimate-partner violence. Johanna: Facing Forward was inspired by the investigative journalism of Rachel Dissell of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the personal writings of Johanna Orozco (now Orozco-Fraser). All three individuals endorsed the creation of this play, supported its development, and attended its world premiere at the Cleveland Public Theatre in 2015.

Update 12/23/15: The play was awarded second prize in the 2015 Repertorio Español MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition.
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JOHANNA: FACING FORWARD

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Cleveland Public Theatre
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Repertorio Español
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    Cleveland Public Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • University
    ,
    The University of Kansas
    ,
    2015

Awards

Judges' Choice
,
Latinx Plays for College Theatres
,
2018
Runner Up
,
MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition
,
Repertorio Español
,
2016