By Andrea Sciamanna
The Grand Rapids Community College Players will be performing “Good Kids,” written by Naomi Iizuka at 8 p.m. Dec. 6-8 in the Spectrum Theater.
“Good Kids” is based on true events that took place in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012. The play takes place at a high school party involving the influence of alcohol and peers who abuse the value of consent. Carrie McNulty, director of the production, informed her cast on the details in order to connect more with their characters by talking out real world problems since the play itself leaves out the graphic details.
“This allowed us to talk openly about rape culture, consent and created a safe space for us to bring this important message to the stage,” McNulty stated in an email to The Collegiate. “We discussed how timely this conversation is and hope this will raise awareness and a call to action.”
Even though the production involves kids far from good, McNulty confirmed that her cast is the complete opposite.
“The cast of this play is truly filled with good kids,” McNulty stated. “They have developed such a strong bond with each other.”
After the showing of “Good Kids” on Friday, Dec. 7, a panel discussion will be held. The back panel will include discussion from audience members about the production and the issues represented.
“We are hoping to engage our audience to discuss these serious issues,” McNulty stated. All audience members are welcome to participate.
The production of “Good Kids” will start at 8 p.m. and runs Dec. 6-8 at the Spectrum Theater and the panel discussion will start after the Friday showing. Tickets start at $12 for the community and $5 for GRCC students.