by ANJALEIGH HART
Recently, Tiffin University put on the play "Good Kids", written by Naomi Iizuka. The play was put on by Tiffin University’s Dragon Den actors.
The play is one of the most progressive and one of the most controversial plays that has ever been put on by the Tiffin University’s Dragon Den. The play has strong language and it depicts scenes that involve acts of sexual violence and is intended for mature audiences only.
The director of the play was Mika Gibson, who always works at The Ritz Theater, and also works with the local high schools theater departments, stepped in to help out Tiffin University. The previous director of the fall plays at Tiffin University recently retired, which does leave a bit of question as to who will become the new permanent director of the fall plays.
The show also did something different that had never been done after a play at Tiffin University, which is a talk-back. This means that after the show ended, there was be a few cast members and others who are qualified to answer any of the questions that the audience had on the show. This was one of the first of its kind at Tiffin University. The talk-back segment lasted about fifteen to twenty minutes after the show. Some of the cast members also shared their own comments and thoughts and personal stories that related to the concept of the play.
The play includes four male football players who are the ones who carry out the sexual assault on a girl who crashes a party on the other side of town. The play is narrated by a girl who is watching the entire assault play out on social media and is tracking the movements of each high school student involved with the incident. There are four male characters and eight female characters in the show.
by REBECCA KIELBASA
The Diane Kid Gallery featured a Veterans Day show that chronicled 145 drawings, depicting a veteran’s story drawn during 50 weeks of art therapy.
“One Soldier’s PTSD Story”, by G.A. Hunt, a former U.S. Army Major, are black ink drawings, except for a couple pieces that are in watercolor.
Hunt served from 2003 through 2017, deploying three times. In 2017, she returned to the United States and received 50 weeks of treatment in Fort Belvoir, Virginia for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hunt was medically retired in 2019 for PTSD and has since been partnered with a service dog through K9’s for Warriors.
During Hunt's 50 weeks of treatment, art therapy was used to try and work through her memories and traumas. The art dates range from September 2017 until September 2019, and are not in chronological order of Hunt’s story, but what memories she worked through and when, according to Joseph Van Kerkhove, gallery director and Tiffin University professor.
Hunt is unable to leave her home due to her PTSD and did not offer comments on the work.
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