Arts preview: 'Good Kids' takes a candid look at sexual assault on campus

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Commissioned by the theater departments of Big Ten universities, Naomi Iizuka's "Good Kids" is loosely based on the events of the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, rape case. A candid look at sexual assault on college campuses,"Good Kids"will include a post-performance discussion with the cast and a rape crisis specialist following each performance.

"The play doesn't answer the questions it asks, but hopes to provoke a conversation into what consent looks like, what sexual violence looks like," assistant director Elizabeth Wellman said.

The production team partnered with representatives of the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio whilepreparing to stage "Good Kids."

Iizuka's play is the first commission of the Big Ten Theatre Consortium's New Play Initiative. The piece received its premiere at the University of Michigan last fall. Wellman said the initiative encourages new work from women playwrights and also provides university theatre departments with plays featuring roles close to the actual age of student actors.

The show runs Wednesdays through Sundays, closing Nov. 1.

Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21

1849 Cannon Drive, Campus