Talaya Heard

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Scott Cole

Degree Award Date

Spring 2014


Dramatic play, domestic abuse, race, ethnicity


Creative Writing | Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Playwriting | Race and Ethnicity | Theatre and Performance Studies


"The Bright Smile" has been an artistic piece of work that took over four years to write. Since this is no ordinary honor's project, this will be told in the first person so that people can understand that this is a reflection of the most destructive, darkest and disturbing time of my life. Every section will discuss the raw and honest emotions of this entire process. "The Bright Smile" is a self-discovery that will make you laugh, make you cry, and also tell the story of many women and men who are afraid to speak up.