Is it possible to use a passion for theatrics to bring awareness to dating abuse? A Nevada high school theater group is doing just that during Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM).
Members of Hug High School’s drama club are putting on a play titled “Fuddy Meers” in order to educate their fellow students.
Structured as a comedy, the play follows a girl named Claire who suffers from a medical condition called psychogenic amnesia. Because of this disorder Claire wakes up every morning with no memory of what happened the day before, or of the abuse that she is suffering.
In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal Jauna Rodriguez, a student at Hug, said that the play shows a relationship that seems healthy at first, “but then the get out of hand.” She and her fellow students have seen many relationships like this.
After every performance the actors are joined by advocates from local domestic violence programs, Safe Embrace and the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, for a Q&A session. The drama club hopes that this play will bring attention to this issue and wants to provide an outlet for students to ask questions and speak their minds.
“One of the concerns we have is, after the play is presented, there may be some students that identify themselves as victims,” said Cindy Heldenbrand, of Safe Embrace, when interviewed by the Reno Gazette-Journal. “So, we want the students to be aware of how to handle these situations in case it’s one of their friends in one of those situations, but also give the faculty some information.”
The actors at Hug hope that their play will spread awareness in their school. They were able to turn their passion into a play to help give information to their fellow students.
If you like acting you could talk with your drama teacher about putting on a play at your school. If you’re not an actor, you could organize a forum with abuse advocates in your area and invite your classmates. There are plenty of ways that you can get involved during TDVAPM.
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