Edison offers domestic violence play

Staff report

PIQUA —The one-act play, “Choices,” will be performed at noon and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua campus of Edison Community College and at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, in the Mayflower Arts Center, Main Street, Troy.

Admission is free to all performances. Only people 14 and older will be admitted.

Domestic violence starts the story, and the horror of combat adds the second chapter with the third and final one resulting in unspeakable acts.

Adrian Miller, a graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in theater, stars as one of the nameless, 22 veterans who kill themselves each day in the U.S.

Domestic violence rears its ugly head as Edison faculty Debra Williamson and Thomas Martinez play a couple in a dysfunctional relationship where the woman and her son, played by Owen Swigert, are the recipients of violence.

Pianist and Edison professor William Loudermilk will present selections prior to the play, including one he wrote especially for “Choices” titled “Nobody Cares.”

Jayson Grigsby, of New Bremen, directs.

“Choices” was written by Morganzie Green, a native of Colorado and an AT&T employee in the Minneapolis area. She holds a degree in theater from Brigham Young University. Green indicates that it is her hope that the play “calls attention to two pressing issues in the U.S.: veteran suicide and domestic violence.”

Following the performances, Barbara Holman, executive director of the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County; Carl DeSantis, Vietnam combat veteran and Edison faculty member in communication; and Tristan Weis, Iraq combat medic, will facilitate a discussion with the audience on the responsibilities Americans have in insuring that these issues are addressed appropriately.

For information, email vblevins@edisonohio.edu or call 937-778-3815.

Staff report