Young adult play approaches teen suicide with humor and poignancy

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 19‚ 2007) — Suicide is often an unspoken issue that many are afraid to touch‚…

Georgia (Jan 19, 2007) — Young adult play approaches teen suicide with humor and poignancy

Jeremy Craig

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 19‚ 2007) — Suicide is often an unspoken issue that many are afraid to touch‚ especially when such tragedies happen to teenagers.

But Kennesaw State’s playwright−in−residence‚ Aaron Levy‚ deals with the topic head−on through the mind‚ memory and imagination of a 17−year−old character‚ using humor without being preachy to reach young adult audiences.

A staged reading of this award−winning play‚ “Pizza With Shrimp on Top‚” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Carmichael Student Center. The reading is presented by the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project.

Levy‚ the university’s playwright−in−residence and an English education professor‚ said the reading is for all — educators‚ teenagers and college students.

“We like to think that the play is as much about life as it is about suicide‚” said Levy. “The play approaches the subject with a lot of humor‚ but it makes you think.”

In the play‚ Stuart‚ a 17−year−old high school senior has recently tried to kill himself by taking too many vitamins. The audience enters into a world of limbo with Stuart‚ to find a world with no pleasure and with physical wounds that never heal. Through interaction with his peers in limbo‚ he gains a better understanding and appreciation for life.

There will be a “talkback” session with the audience after the reading. Refreshments will follow‚ as will a chance to meet the new director of the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project‚ Dawn Kirby.

Copies of the play will be available at the event‚ and Levy will be available to sign copies after the reading. For more information about “Pizza With Shrimp on Top” and its author‚ visit Levy’s Web site at www.aaronlevy.net. For more information about the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project‚ visit www.kennesaw.edu/english/kmwp.

For further information‚ or to schedule an interview with Levy‚ please contact the writer of this release.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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