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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 11:45 am

A local couple will take the stage Saturday at the Wonderama Theater in Tempe in a performance that underscores this month as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The husband and wife will perform all six roles of their drama, "Control.Assault.Delete," as they have since the show debuted last year.

"We say that rather than have professional actors to tell our story, we've chosen those that know it best - ourselves," Linda King, 63, said about performing with her husband, John.

The story spans their daughter Lisa's nine-year "off and on" relationship with an abusive partner, Linda said.

The cycle of domestic violence ended when Lisa died in 2001 in El Paso, Texas, followed by a trial for her ex-husband in 2004. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

John, 74, who was Lisa's adoptive father, adapted the story for "Control.Assault.Delete." The six characters portray the Kings, their daughter, a judge, a bailiff and Lisa's ex-husband.

The performance is one of three productions that the Kings produce through Fix the Hurt, the nonprofit organization they founded in 2005 to promote domestic violence awareness. The Kings don't perform in their other two productions, which are musicals.

But the Kings always have a role at the end of any Fix the Hurt performance, when audience members usually have 30 to 60 minutes worth of questions, Linda said.

"I just feel like there's so much more that you can do (by) using the performing arts, than you can by standing up and presenting a power point," she said.

"Maybe you cry when you're presenting a power point, or telling a story. Maybe there's some emotion involved. But not the depth that you get when you're on stage and telling a story that way. It's just a better method for us."

Saturday's performance will benefit the National Advocacy and Training Network, as well as the Support, Education, Empowerment and Directions (SEEDs) Program.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Cup O' Karma, 1710 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa, or at Wonderama Theater, 930 E. University Drive in Tempe.

For more information about Fix the Hurt, visit http://helpfixthehurt.org.

• Kiali Wong is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.

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