Larry Dooley says folks can expect a story of triumph when they come to see "Reawakening Rebekah: The Gift of the CLAMOR Girls."
The play, an adaptation of the book by Georgia author Deidre Ann deLaughter, will be presented by the Columbus State University Department of Theatre the next two weekends. The story is about a woman's battle with depression and the memory of childhood sexual assault.
"It is the story of women who have faced up to the abuse in their lives and have come out not only as survivors, but as thrivers," said Dooley, the department's chair. "As part of the production, we hear their stories and we see how they were able to help one another move forward."
Dooley said he and the author collaborated for over a year to adapt the book into a play.
"Students at CSU have been an intricate part of the process, giving their insights, impressions and feedback," she said. "One of the privileges of academic theatre is that we do have the opportunity to do some rather unusual projects, including bringing our students into the creation process. New works are always exciting."
The cast is an ensemble of 10 actors, each sharing the spotlight throughout.
Reviews are featured on the book's website.
Examining the book on which the play is based, author Terry Kay, wrote, "The peeling away of layers of buried horror and painful memory leaves a revealing story of such insight it simmers in the reader's mind as something terrifyingly real, yet triumphantly hopeful."
And Sally Sheppard, the director of The Cottage: Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center, wrote, "Reawakening Rebekah is an accurate description of what some survivors of childhood sexual abuse experience within their healing process."
The play is described on the CSU theater website as a story that "celebrates triumph over great loss and testifies to the resilience of the human spirit, revealed not so much in grand acts as in the many small decisions to get even by learning to live well."
IF YOU GO
What: The Columbus State University theatre production of "Reawakening Rebekah: The Gift of the Clamor Girls," an adaptation of the book by Georgia author Deidre Ann deLaughter.
Where: Riverside Theatre at the corner of 11th Street and Bay Avenue.
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 and a 2 p.m. show on Feb. 14.
Admission: $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and active military and $12 for children 12 and under. The box office is open Monday-Friday noon-6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by telephone at 706-507-8444.
Parent Guide: The show has an adult theme.