When It Happens to You
Produced by The StoryPlant and EclayRossie Productions
October 2 - November 10, 2019
Written by Tawni O’Dell
“The first time I held my daughter after she was born I made a silent promise to her I would always protect her,” says Tawni O’Dell. “Then came a night in our future when that promise was shattered. I couldn’t protect her from the man who stalked her through the streets of her beloved New York City, broke into her home, and assaulted her,” says Tawni O’Dell. “During the next few years, her life fell apart and so did my own as I tried to help her deal with the fallout from this awful crime. As a way to help make sense of what we were going through, I did what writers do: I wrote about it. I didn’t know if I would ever share our story with the world, but I’m proud to say my daughter has decided that we should in the hopes that we might be able to help other victims and their families. Rape touches just about every one of us. More women are sexually assaulted in this country than are affected by heart disease and breast cancer combined. To say it is an epidemic, is not hyperbole.”
In When It Happens to You, O’Dell is joined on stage by actors E. Clayton Cornelious, Connor Lawrence, and Kelly Swint. When It Happens to You features scenic design by Rob Bissinger and Anita LaScala, lighting design by Daisey Long, costume design by David Woolard.
Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels including Back Roads which was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection and was recently made into a film with a screenplay adapted by Tawni. She also wrote and co-produced the popular audio drama, “Rewrites.” Her novels have been published in over 40 countries. Tawni grew up in western Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Northwestern University.