23 Bruises

23 Bruises

The answers for parents everywhere.


This play is a true story about John and Linda King and their daughter, Lisa, whose life was cut short from abuse. The audience becomes a part of the drama as she and her parents struggle. It will touch your heart as you watch what this young woman experiences in her quest to find happiness, save the man she believes loves her, and finally as she frantically seeks to save her own life!

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This is the true story of a girl.

No matter how tough, the audience reacts with empathy.


23 Bruises is a powerful and harrowing inside look at what a family goes through when dealing with the confusion and frustration of domestic violence.  This is an inside look that never makes it to the newspapers, but has lessons that every family member can learn to identify the signs and what can and cannot be done to help.  These lessons can even save a life.

We want people to avoid the same mistakes.


The play focuses on three key areas:

  • Mistakes made by parents and friends in their attempts to help the victim.
  • Tactics used by abusers to trap victims into a rigidly controlled relationship.
  • Points out to abusers the pain and misery they bring to the lives of others through their actions.

23 Bruises
  • Show Length
    50 minutes
  • Performance Price
    $2,000 + Travel
  • Post Performance
    A 15 min Q&A after the show.
  • Survey
    We offer a short survey to the audience to help us improve.
  • Case Studies

Community Impact

“I watched #23Bruises last week. Could not fight back my tears. Beautifully directed, makes me wish I could go to film school just to learn the art of how to tell a difficult story with multiple characters and events spanning many years using just 2 talented actors, a long sheet of purple cloth, a pair of glasses, a handbag, a hat, and 3 or 4 chairs. Apart from the artistry, it’s a tragic and important story that needs to be told a 1000 times so that it sinks in- women in DV situations need support and help, but their abuser is usually a master at “isolating” them from their family and friends so that the abuser can exert complete control on every aspect of the victim’s life. Bravo Linda King and your husband, John, for telling the the story that everybody needs to hear.”

Anne Kelleher

“A moving and powerful story that makes an unbelievable impact. This really needs to be out in the communities as much as possible. This play relays this personal story and the universal problem in a very important way. Thank you for the opportunity to see this very special performance and take part in the talk back. And thank you to the Kings for continued dedication to this crucial topic.  Job well done, Fix the Hurt, Jori, Kirby and David!”