Dionna Duvall’s love for the stage developed when she was a child. Her family regularly took her to plays at Clowes Hall, and her desire to take part in the world of theater grew. Today she is a member of KaidyDid Productions, where she works as both a writer and performer. Formed in 2015 by Kila Adams, KaidyDid Productions aims to create family entertainment with a message of hope.
Though the group’s goal is to create plays that families can enjoy, the company tackles mature subjects that affect the Black community. Their debut performance, “Till Death Do Us Part,” focuses on the topic of domestic violence.
“There is a lot today in theater that is not kid appropriate or is overpriced for families. We want to make it affordable for families. Even though this is a realistic subject matter, we want people to know it’s for all people,” Duvall said.
Duvall and Adams co-wrote “Till Death Do Us Part,” and the story is inspired by real events. Adams personally knows a woman who lost her life due to domestic violence, and Duvall says the subject matter has affected her and her friends.
“This topic is important because I would have friends in the church or in a business atmosphere that I thought were fine. Their lives were great, and monetarily they were doing well, but they were being abused. I had no idea, and I felt helpless,” said Duvall.
Duvall hopes her play will encourage victims of domestic violence to seek help.
“I am saying this from my own experience: In an abusive relationship, there is no way to pack your bags and go, because he knows your route and your people,” she said. “She is told, ‘He’s got money, he’s taking care of you, he is the best thing that’s ever happened to you.’ Will history repeat itself, or will she take a stand and stop the trend?”
Duvall thinks people should see the play for its entertainment value and the positive message it sends in the midst of very negative times.
“It’s a message to the community, and right now our community is really in an emotional place from a political standpoint and from a monetary standpoint,” she said. “This play brings hope and restoration. It’s going to make you laugh and cry. The singing is phenomenal. The spoken word is there. We cover all aspects of theater.”
Audiences can watch “Till Death Do Us Part” on Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Indianapolis’ Athenaeum Theatre.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at tddup.brownpapertickets.com.
About Kaidydid Productions
KaidyDid Productions is a production company with the goal of creating family
entertainment with a message of hope.
The performers are advocates of exposing the destruction of abuse, addictions and depression while expressing liberty, healing and redemption through stage productions.
Their debut performance, “Till Death Do Us Part,” aims to raise awareness of domestic violence.
For more information, visit kaidydidproductions.com.