Local play brings domestic abuse out of the shadows

(Last Updated On: September 29, 2014)

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Retired police officer turned playwright, Don Dotson, deals with the subject of domestic abuse through the eyes of children in his sophomore stage play “When Children Pray.”

The community is invited to upcoming performances at 8 p.m. on May 17 and 5 p.m. on May 18 at World Harvest Outreach, 10800 Scott St., Houston, Texas 77047.

On the fourth leg of his local tour, Dotson calls the coming production “bigger and better” with a variety of enhancements and recent additions to the cast.

The two-act play opens on the character of Narh, whose faith has a major impact on her friends as she encourages them to join forces to pray for one another and their family’s challenges each morning at the school bus stop.

For Dotson, “When Children Pray” is more than a gospel stage play, but a form of ministry designed to bring awareness and healing to some of the “unspoken” issues that plague families from all walks of life.

The play is attracting a growing following as it takes audiences on a journey intermingled with sadness, bursts of unexpected laughter, and tears, as three families find their way back to wholeness at the foot of the cross.

In the play, Dotson addresses domestic abuse with a masterful combination of forthrightness and innocence through an ensemble cast of performers as he raises the curtain on the lives of three girls bonded by friendship and adversity, and changed by their childlike faith and prayers.10252010_313532298802916_8882577891507723620_n

Victoria Baynes Lopez (Pearland) portrays Narh and is joined by actresses, Raven Victoria Jackson (Houston) and Hannah N. Harrison (Katy), along with a talented cast of local performers, who bring the issues of domestic violence, parental absence and the challenges of single parenthood to life.

Nearly three decades as a Houston police officer brought Dotson in contact with countless numbers in the community who were in despair and paved the way for the birth of No More G Ministries, a production company that uses drama to infuse faith into some of the hopeless situations that many individuals and families are facing.

According to the Texas Council on Family Violence 188,992 incidents of domestic violence were reported in Texas in 2012. Recent U.S. Census data also shows that 43 percent of children are in homes without fathers, another issue Dotson touches on in his play.

Dotson has plans to take the production on the road to bring the play to a wider audience and to release “When Children Pray II,” in the fall of 2014.

For more information, visit http://nmgmprodondot.wix.com/nmgmproductions.