Edison to present one-act, ‘Choices’

PIQUA — The one-act play “Choices” will be performed at noon and 7 p.m. at Edison State Community College on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus.

An additional performance will be held Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 at the Mayflower Arts Center on Main Street in Troy. Admission is free to all performances.

Only those ages 14 and older will be allowed admission to this one-act play.

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

Domestic violence rears its ugly head offstage as Edison faculty Debra Williamson and Thomas Martinez play a couple in a dysfunctional relationship in which 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 “Nobody Cares,” which he wrote especially for “Choices.”

Area theatregoers know Jayson Grigsby as an actor who has played many roles in Shakespearean works as well as more modern fare produced at Edison. This time around, he is the director, using his extensive knowledge of theatre through his hands-on experience as well as his formal education and training.

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

“Choices” is being funded by the Miami County Foundation, The Alliance for Employee Growth, Inc. and Edison State Community College.

For more information, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins at vblevins@edisonohio.edu or (937) 778-3815.