The theater provides an escape to another world, for both the performers and the audience. However, it is not always about song and dance. The heater program at Lorain County Community College provides an even more diverse experience.
“In general, every year, we try to pick plays that give students the opportunity to experience what they may have not experienced before,’ said Jeremy Benjamin, LCCC Director of Theater. “We’ll do a Shakespeare show every couple years, and last year we did a musical.”
The week of Oct 10-15, the theater program will be hosting a department residency centered upon actress and playwright Joanna Rush’s show “Kick”. The residency will begin with “Kick the Ignorance!”, a workshop geared towards building a community free from sexual violence and the impact it has. Rush, along with Tony-nominated director Lynne Taylor-Corbett, will be speaking on the topic of sexual assault. They will also be sharing some of the techniques Rush herself used to overcome her own experience with sexual assault. The workshop is free and open to everyone, and will be taking place in the LCCC College Center’s Commons CC106 on October 11th from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
“It will be more of an informative session. We’ll hopefully have a representative from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center there, and one from Lorain’s as well,” said Benjamin.
The next event consists of acting workshops for college and high school students on October 12. Students will be working with Rush, learning new techniques for their own stagecraft. Pushing past their comfort zones to create a whole new level for stepping into character. Spaces are available and the cost is free. Spots can be reserved by contacting Jeremy Benjamin.
On October 14th, in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre at 8pm, Rush will be performing her one-woman show “Kick”. The costs of admission tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for LCCC students with valid ID, children 18 and under, faculty, staff, and seniors 65 years and older. The show is a memoir filled with fiction and hyperbole, and takes the audience through the years of an ex-dancer’s trials following her own sexual assault.
“The play [“Kick”] shows how theater can be utilized to help tell stories to society that are important, and share themes that people need to be aware of such as sexual assault,” Benjamin stated.
Rounding out the week, on October 15th, Rush and Taylor-Corbett will be working with LCCC theater students and professional actors to put on a staged reading and world premiere of Rush’s newest play “Accidental Mummies”. The show deals with change and how a young woman copes with it after everything in her life begins to change in an effort to be more sustainable. This final workshop will be free and open to the public.
“This entire residency is being made possible by a campus grant from the LCCC Foundation and contributions from the Beth K. Stocker trust. We’ve received great funding from both these subsidies of the college,” said Benjamin.