GRCC Players production of ‘Good Kids’ features panel discussion

Dec. 4, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. The GRCC Players production of Naomi Iizuka's "Good Kids" explores the topic of sexual assault, with a panel discussion following one performance.

Carrie McNulty will direct the play, which is based on the 2012 Steubenville High School rape case. It starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 to 8 at GRCC's Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE.

The panel discussion -- featuring Lina Blair, GRCC's director of Student Life and Conduct; Kimberly DeVries, the college's director of Equal Opportunity Compliance; Campus Police Officer Robin Kritzman; Deven Swanigan, from GRCC's General Counsel Office; and Mara Furlich, the YWCA's program director of Prevention and Empowerment Services -- will follow the Dec. 7 performance.

"This show deals with sexual assault and rape, and can be triggering for anyone who is a survivor and to friends and family of survivors," said Spectrum Theater manager Michelle Urbane. "Conversations need to happen, and, on top of the talk following the Dec. 7 performance, we will have resource tables in the lobby in case anyone wants to reach out over the phone or schedule an appointment to talk with one of our counselors or anyone at the YWCA."

GRCC students Veronica Paige, Marissa (Bird) Schutter, Alexus Voss, Savannah Scheid, Eva Ramos, Esther Banks, Hope Swanson, Yesenia Cotto, Marck Kiselevach, Elijah Lewis, Will Korest and Anthony Snead are in the cast. Alumna Joni Hodsdon serves as stage manager.

McNulty said she is proud of how those involved in the production have handled its challenging themes.

"We have had to tackle some tough conversations regarding consent, sexual assault, and the very real case this play is based on," she said. "The cast has been open, supportive, and mature in bringing this sensitive subject to the stage."

Tickets cost $5 for GRCC students and $12 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for tickets and more information.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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