Breaking Her Silence
Twenty-year photojournalist Deb Cram turns the camera on herself in her new show, “Click,” a story of domestic violence and child abuse. Directed by author, playwright and Eagle-Tribune freelance writer Lars Trodson, Cram’s work arose from an ordinary assignment for the Portsmouth Herald at Sexual Assault Support Services.
“As I listened to Det. Rick Labell of the Raymond Police Department share his story of family alcohol and sexual abuse, saying he uses his knowledge and experience to help kids who are abused, I thought I might be able to do the same thing,” Cram says in a story appearing on seacoastonline.com.
“I got in my car, found a scrap piece of paper and started writing.”
The results were a series of written images from her childhood published in column form in the May 18 Portsmouth Herald, entitled “We Need to Talk About Abuse.” Each memory begins with the word “Click”:
“Click,” she writes, “I saw him at the end of the driveway in the dark. He was holding his rifle and as he took a drag on his cigarette, I could see the bright red embers glowing. As he paced and waited for my mother to return home, I prayed she would never come. She didn’t that night.”
Trodson helped Cram embellish the piece and adapt it to the stage. The show will be performed as part of ScreenWright Playhouse’s first season on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Cram encourages audience participation in her monologue and Q&A that follows.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.seacoastrep.org or by calling 433-4472. Proceeds benefit SASS, A Safe Place and PPMtv.
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If you want to laugh you can take your pick of three solid acts around the region this weekend.