Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of WAR will be performed at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center, 7847 VOA Park Drive in West Chester, at 7 p.m. Friday.
WAR, by Canadian playwright Dennis Foon, examines how aggression and violence permeate youth culture as four young men struggle with the pressures of competitiveness, anger and vulnerability.
“WAR is a powerful and rich play that explores the ways in which boys use warfare as a metaphor for their lives: in sports, with their peers, in academics and in their relationships with others, particularly women,” said Mark Lutwak, Cincinnati Playhouse director of education.
“Contemporary ‘manhood training,’ as laid on young boys by popular culture, adults and peers, is wildly out of sorts with the kind of maturity that we expect and need from the our next generation. This play raises important questions that will be discussed long after the performance is over.”
At the end of the play there will be a time for facilitated talkback to help students articulate and respond to the issues of the play. One of the cast members will remain in character to respond to questions from the audience, joined by two Miami University Hamilton faculty members, Dr. Michelle Abraham and Gina Patterson.
Abraham, assistant professor of Psychology, studies the psychological experience of social relationships in regard to child development. Her research focuses on how early attachment relationships and other social relationships affect personal development, studies on adolescent romance, friendships and self-esteem, and the impact of multiple births on attachment development.
Patterson is a visiting assistant professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Miami University Hamilton. Her research and teaching interests include Working Class Studies, LGBTQ Studies, and English Studies. She has received both departmental and university recognition for her teaching and influence on students, and is the faculty advisor for Stage Left: Miami University’s Musical Theater Organization.
The performance is recommended for audiences age 11 and up, and parents are encouraged to attend with their children. A study guide from Playhouse in the Park and directions to the Learning Center are available online at http://www.regionals.muohio.edu/voalc/news/news_events.html.
The performance is free and open to the public.
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