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The Thanksgiving Play

by Larissa Fasthorse

Ripon College Fall 2022

Director: Lillian Brown 

Scenic/Lighting/Sound: John Dalziel 

Costumes: Andrea Williams

Stage Manager: Rebecca Steinkamp

Cast Members

Logan: Inesha Wiseman                              

Jaxton: Christian Schmidt*                         

Caden: Connor Elliot                                

Alica: Summer Schlieckau 

Plot: A troupe of "terminally woke" teaching artists devise a play that celebrates both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month. 

The Great American Trailer Park Musical 

by Betsy Kelso and David Nehls

Ripon College Spring 2022

Director: Lillian Brown 

Music Director: Dr. Erin Bryan

Scenic/Lighting/Sound: John Dalziel 

Costumes: Andrea Williams

Stage Manager: Lindsey Wigand 

Cast Members

Betty: Lucie Hodgkins
Linoleum “Lin”: Alli Slowiak
Donna “Pickles”: Summer Schieckau
Norbert: Evan Jensen
Pippi: Abbe Lane
Jeannie: Inesha Wiseman
Duke: Andy Ratayczak

Plot: Trouble ensues when a run-a-way stripper starts a love affair with a married man. 

Everybody 

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Ripon College Fall 2021

Director: Lillian Brown 

Scenic/Lighting/Sound: John Dalziel 

Costumes: Andrea Williams

Stage Manager: Lindsey Wigand 

Cast Members

Katelyn Dano: God
Maricarmen Dorantes: Cousin/Time
Brooklyn Hogan: Death
Billy Stiggers: Everybody
Summer Schieckau: Love
Lanie Kish: Friendship 
Anjelika Dombrowski: Kinship 
Adam Scholze: Stuff

Plot: A modern adaptation of the 15th-century morality play Everyman

No Answers: An Epidemic Art Project

The Ohio State University Fall 2020

Short Film: The Month of May

Director: Lillian Brown 

Stage Manager: Tamera Fraley

Scenic: Lillian Brown 

Sound: Jesse Tack

Lighting: Tom Dugdale

Ensemble Members

Rina H. Gjoka

Matthew Greenberg

Kylie Logan

Erin Parsons

Inspired by community-engaged work with patients at local addiction recovery centers, the project served as a prism that reflects how artists are responding to the public health crisis. The Month of May is about a group of healthcare workers who experience fatigue and a loss of empathy amid a consistently increasing caseload.

A Closer Look at the Process...
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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 H. Gjoka, 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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