African Community Theatre Fall 2009 ProductionPosted Nov, 2, 2009
The African Community Theatre of Kent State University will present its first production of the 2009-2010 season. The drama, “For Better or For Worse,” is written by Cleveland playwright Dwayne M. Williams who has harnessed the essence of domestic violence through the characters’ dialogue.
“For Better or For Worse” sets the scene of a household ravaged by violent outrages, mental frustration and child abuse. Sophia is a wife, mother and daughter caught in a cycle of abuse by her alcoholic/gambler husband, William, while struggling to maintain her family. Williams’ deep-seeded anger manifests itself in the destruction of his family through self-pity and resentment of a loss of freedom. William’s successful jazz career takes a back seat to gambling away the family income.
According to the American Medical Association, as many as one out of three women has suffered from domestic violence. Domestic violence does not discriminate. It can happen in financially secure or economically disadvantaged families.
Directing “For Better or For Worse” is Kent State University’s Dr. Fran Dorsey, artistic director of the African Community Theatre. Dorsey is known for his numerous socially conscious and sometimes controversial productions in community/university theatre.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students and senior citizens. The play does contain adult themes and is not recommended for children. Production dates are Nov. 13-15 and 20-22. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. For further information and reservations, call 330-672-2300 or 330-672-0151.