CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –It was perhaps the darkest, most violent case of teen domestic violence in Cleveland. In 2007, a young woman was stalked and shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend. She survived and years later, her amazing story is now on stage.

Johanna Orozco-Fraser was there for the Friday night premiere of the show that chronicles her life and struggles. In her words, the show is “beautiful…intense, but beautiful.”

This weekend, the Cleveland Public Theater had three sold out premiere shows ofJohanna: Facing Forward. The CPT even raised money to fly Johanna and her family back from Germany, where her husband is stationed in the Army.

We caught up with Orozco via Skype on Monday. She’s already back home in Germany.

“On my way to the show, I was extremely nervous and I was, as well, excited,” described Orozco.

The play was written using The Plain Dealer series on Johanna written by Rachel Dissell. It starts off with the March 2007 incident where Johanna’s ex-boyfriend, Juan Ruiz Jr., used a shotgun to shoot her in the face while she was in her SUV.



Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

Picture Courtesy of Johanna Orozco-Fraser and WOIO 19 Action News

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