Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Domestic abuse awareness takes center stage in Owatonna February 16, 2018

This graphic from the Little Theatre of Owatonna Facebook page promotes its current show, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”


WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE remaining in the national spotlight, most recently via accusations against a former staff secretary to President Donald Trump, it’s important to remember that this issue reaches beyond DC and Hollywood. In every corner of our country—from rural to city—abuse happens. To think otherwise is to turn our eyes from the problem.

That’s why I so appreciate efforts to discuss domestic violence locally. Little Theatre of Owatonna is tackling the topic as it presents Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The storyline of this Pulitzer Prize winning drama deals, in part, with domestic abuse.

Rather than simply practice, perform and then move on to the next production, LTO is seizing the opportunity to educate its audience on domestic abuse. The theatre troupe will provide information from the Crisis Resource Center of Steele County at each of its shows. And following the 2 p.m. matinee this Sunday, February 18, Jeffrey Jackson addresses how he approached the subject of domestic abuse in his director’s role.

I applaud this director, this cast, this small town Minnesota theatre company for taking that extra step to create awareness of domestic abuse and violence. It would be easy enough for them to let the curtain fall and walk off stage. But they are choosing to make a difference, to care, to educate, to enlighten. They understand this is their issue, too, not just something that happens in DC and Hollywood. But in Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesota. They understand that domestic abuse happens across the street, across the aisle, across town and perhaps even within their own families and/or circle of friends. They get it. And for that I am grateful. Awareness breaks the silence, brings hope and help to victims, to survivors and to those who love them.



9 Responses to “Domestic abuse awareness takes center stage in Owatonna”

  1. Sheri Eichhorn Says:

    Audrey, I have never seen the play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” but now I might try to go this weekend. Domestic abuse needs to be out in the open, and anything that does that deserves attention. Thanks for keeping this topic in the forefront .

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    The dark heart of Godless men (and women) are found everywhere. I am so thankful that there is a Cure provided……..without cost to the recipient……that would change the condition!

  3. Valerie Says:

    I have not seen this play. I will be curious to hear more about it. I’m glad the theater company is doing more than just performing but discussing the subject too, and bringing more attention to this important topic.

  4. Go Grandma Says:

    The more we talk about it the more it will be recognized for what it is. It takes a lot of bravery to admit you’re a victim. It’s also important to know how to recognize and “be there” for the victim. Thanks for talking about it.

    A Streetcar Named Desire))))
    Domestic Abuse to the MAX.
    With both sisters.

    xxx I'd love to see that play…I've watched the film several times.

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