Tri-C Theater Production by Rocky River Playwright
When Rocky River playwright Greg Vovos started researching the heroin epidemic, his expectations were immediately challenged. He expects audiences to leave his new play — "Well Beings" — with the same feeling. “I was blown away by how misguided my original conception of the user was,” said Vovos. “I was struck by how smart, caring, funny and self-aware these people were.”
The play, which Vovos describes as “kind of like Our Town, but with heroin” is a sometimes absurd, sometimes all-too-real drama examining one of the biggest crises facing society today. The play frames the issue through the life stories of several characters in different stages of heroin addiction. Looming over all these characters is the Gravedigger, who buries the dead.
"The college chose 'Well Beings' to draw attention to the heroin epidemic that is ravaging families in Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio," said Robert Ellis, theater coordinator at Western Campus. “The accessibility of heroin combined with its low cost has made it the drug of choice in our area and around the world,” notes Ellis, who is also an assistant professor of theater at Tri-C. “We are proud to offer our production as part of the dialogue necessary to combat this scourge and raise awareness of the issue.”
Vovos has taught playwriting and theater at Tri-C, Baldwin Wallace and elsewhere. Over the last several years, he has penned plays for the Willoughby Fine Arts Theatre for Healthy Living, a program that produces work aimed at the issues of young people. He was awarded a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Playwriting for Complete and Total, a play that travels to area high schools to warn about the dangers of opiate abuse.
"Well Beings" will have an 8-day run at Tri-C's Western Campus Theatre, located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. The play will be presented on November 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and on November 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Tri-C faculty and staff, and free for Tri-C students. For more information, call 216-987-5536.
John Horton is Media Relations Manager at Cuyahoga Community College.