This play opens up in the dimly lit home of James and Trisha Montgomery, who are a married couple. Trisha is living with a secret that her best friend’s, Candice and Daniel will soon find out about, due to the signs of domestic violence, of which she is a victim of.
Studies show that, one in four women will be abused in their lifetime. Since 2007, self-published author of four books, playwright, blogger, domestic violence survivor and advocate, Felicia T. Simpson, has used her creative writing skills to enhance the lives of others. It is the author’s intent with this play, using four on stage characters and an audio recording of the voice of God as a character, to raise awareness and educate the audience on the serious issues that domestic violence causes both women and men, with a comical twist.
Act 1 Summary
Trisha Montgomery is an African American, stay at home wife in her late 20’s who is married to James Montgomery, also an African American Man in his late 20’s, who is a successful businessman. James is verbally, mentally and physically abusive to Trisha whenever he drinks alcohol, which is often, and does not see that his drinking alcohol is a problem in their relationship. James also exposes some infidelity and does not believe in a higher power (God), but his wife, Trisha’s faith in God, is the link that has helped her stay in the relationship beyond the abuse. James manipulates Trisha beliefs in God as he often attacks her faith and makes promises that he doesn’t plan on keeping to strengthen their marriage. Trisha’s best friends, Candice and Daniel are introduced in this act as they are exiting a restaurant and begin discussing the absence of Trisha lately, the possible connection between Trisha and Daniel, and they begin educating the audience, about the warning signs of domestic violence and the beginning stage of the cycles of violence: tension building.
Act 2 Summary
James opens up this act intoxicated and begin talking to himself with male privilege ideologies that he learned from possibly his childhood as he reflects on the type of woman that his mother was and often compares Trisha to his late mother who passed away. There are cycles of violence and this act demonstrates the cycle of violence known as, “the explosion.” This is where the conflict arises for the main characters and the physical abuse begins in the home. Trisha belief, like most victims of domestic violence, that if James stop drinking, then the abuse will stop, which is not the case all of the time. James suspects that Trisha is having an affair with men at her church and/or with her best friend Daniel, which escalates the situation by the end of the act. Daniel introduces his heart felt feelings towards Trisha at the close of this act.
Act 3 Summary
This act is a demonstration of the last cycle of violence which is known as the honeymoon stage, where James and Trisha rekindle their love through temporary acts of kindness from James towards Trisha. James uses control tactics to persuade Trisha that he will continue these acts of kindness moving forward, but realistically doesn’t plan on changing his manipulative and destructive behaviors. Candice tries to have a heart to heart conversation with Trisha in hopes of convincing her that she is in an abusive marriage and needs to leave her husband, while educating the audience more on what the honeymoon stage consists of.
Act 4 Summary
After another violent incident between the couple, Trisha is forced to break her silence on what has been going on in her marriage to Candice, although Candice suspected domestic violence all throughout the play. This act is a continuation of Act 3, but more in depth and only with Trisha and Candice on stage. This is Candice’s final attempt to save Trisha from continuing to stay in this abusive relationship, by suggesting that the two of them go out for a night out. Trisha initially declines the offer because of her fear that James would not approve her sudden absence from the home without his knowledge, but eventually leaves the home with Candice.
Act 5 Summary
James opens the act slightly angry because he’s home alone, pondering where Trisha would be because she is never not at home when he arrives. Trisha suddenly appears in the home intoxicated but eventually tells James that she is leaving him and she begins feeling empowered as she informs him that their marriage has come to an end and her faith in God gives her the strength that she needed to overcome their toxic relationship. In this act, all of the characters are on stage due to the violent altercation first between James and Trisha, and then subsides once Daniel and Candice over hear the altercation outside and breaks into the home to rescue Trisha from James. The act closes with Daniel comforting Trisha as they exit the stage.
Act 6 Summary
This short act concludes the play and the setting is about three months after Act 5. Trisha is in the home praying to God about the new changes in her life since she left James and has begun dating Daniel. The audio of the voice of God in this act speaks to both Trisha and Daniel as they are the only characters on stage. Daniel closes out the play by Daniel questioning God if he hears wedding bells because of a deeper love he feels towards Trisha.