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The Thanksgiving Play

by Larissa Fasthorse

Ripon College Fall 2022

The Great American Trailer Park Musical 

by Betsy Kelso and David Nehls

Ripon College Spring 2022

Everybody 

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Ripon College Fall 2021

No Answers: An Epidemic Art Project

The Ohio State University Fall 2020

A collection of films devised by the 2021 MFA Acting cohort that uses imagery, music, dance, and performance to create an artistic response to the current opioid epidemic in the state of Ohio. Inspired by our community-engaged work with patients at local addiction recovery centers, the project serves as a prism that reflects back how nine artists are responding to the complicated nature of this public health crisis. In this collectively created piece, we are seeking to highlight the small corners of a large problem in a way that is artistic, personal, and immediate. We hope this work serves to educate the public, foster discussion, and destigmatize substance use disorder in our community.

A Closer Look at the Process...
Interview with Steve Koczwara RN
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The United States makes up approximately 5% of the world’s population and consumes 80% of the world’s opioid supply. According to a study by Rembert, in 2015 there were an estimated 92,000 to 170,000 Ohioans abusing or dependent on opioids. Shockingly, the state of Ohio ranks 3rd in the nation for overdose-related deaths, it also leads the country in overdose deaths per capita.

Rina Hajra, a member of the OSU 2021 Acting Cohort, had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Koczwara, a registered nurse working on the front lines of the opioid epidemic in Columbus, OH. We worked closely with Steve while devising No Answers. He routinely provides care to individuals suffering from substance use disorder. One of his main goals, as a medical professional, is to destigmatize substance use as a means of closing the empathy gap amongst medical professionals. In the interview, he says, “When you think of 80% of all people that are addicted to substances like heroin, using that as an example, they got there through mismanagement of pain medication. And when I say mismanagement, I mean mismanagement of how they were prescribed”.

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