women prepare for a performance in El Salvador

Theater troupe carves out healing path by tackling unspoken taboos

The performances by women in El Salvador aim to initiate difficult conversations—from abuse to forced motherhood—and provide an emotional release from tragic experiences.

Before performing on stage, Egly Larreynaga asks other members of La Cachada theater troupe to imagine they are pulling themselves up out of a bad situation with a rope. "Up there is the exit," she tells them. "Up there is the light." The community performances, mostly for Salvadoran audiences, aim to initiate difficult conversations and provide an emotional release in a country where stigma and deficient services for mental health issues often mean traumas are buried rather than confronted.

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