A new offering by the local talent who wrote 2013's Workshop smash A Green River, this unflinching yet hopeful tale was developed in collaboration with the Quad Cities' Family Resources program Braking Traffik, and the show's six-person cast was composed of both veterans of the theatre company and performers making their Workshop debuts.

Having explored the effects of a returning soldier's post-traumatic stress disorder in A Green River, Randolph took an incisive, empathetic look at the subject of human trafficking, with Broken focusing on the life of a young woman whose first romance leads to a nightmarish world of confusion, desperation, and violence. With the protagonist's former and present selves enacted by two different actresses, Broken followed the actions and choices of this young woman, her mother, and the significant men in her life over a period of several years, and in the process delivered a stinging drama that still managed to provide pockets of comedy, joy, and hope.

Produced in collaboration with Braking Traffik – the local organization devoted to eradicating human trafficking in Iowa and Illinois – Broken was developed over the course of a year.

Broken was supported by a grant from the Regional Development Authority.

Half of all proceeds from the show will directly supported Braking Traffik's educational and outreach programs.


Not only was Broken an artistic success, but it broke the Workshop's record for the most-attended production in its five-year history.


August 25 - September 17

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm


Jessica Denney

Laila Haley

Michael King

Keenan Odenkirk

Jennifer Popple

Thomas Alan Taylor

Creative Team

Playwright: Aaron Randolph III

Director: Tyson Danner

Production Stage Manager: Lis Athas

Lighting Designer: Alexander Richardson

Scenic Painter: Emma Brutman

Dramaturg: Laura Bergren