Somehow, through the format of a musical, an awareness rises within an audience and a dialogue begins amongst a larger demographic. In “Broken the Musical,” a new art performance written, produced and debuting in Dallas, the story unfolds with familiar dramatic themes – tragedy, justice and healing. But the conversation it inspires is new territory for musical theater: how does one recover from the trauma of a sexual assault, and what is society’s role in that process?
With original music by Aaron Fryklund, a fixture in the local theater scene, Broken follows the path of Mona, played by Molly Pope, as she suffers a sexual assault and then grapples with repairing her shattered life. Part of that process includes her pursuit of justice through the legal system, spotlighting some of the common challenges faced by many in a similar position today that inspired Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Monica Martino to raise the curtain on an often overlooked reality. “I was just sitting at home watching the news and heard a story about how many untested rape kits there are in the country,” said Martino. “I thought ‘Wow. Something really needs to be done about this.’”