KSU playwright‚ Cobb County high school teachers to tackle suicide‚ stigma and prevention

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 8‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University playwright−in−…

Georgia (Aug 8, 2007) — KSU playwright‚ Cobb County high school teachers to tackle suicide‚ stigma and prevention

Jeremy Craig

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Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison
770−423−6203
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Contact: Jeremy Craig‚ 770−499−3448 or jcraig19@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 8‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University playwright−in−residence Aaron Levy and educators from Cobb County high schools will tackle an often unspoken‚ tragic issue this week — suicide — through the staged reading of an award−winning young adult play.

The staged reading of Levy’s “Pizza with Shrimp on Top” will be held for more than 300 high school English teachers from all 17 Cobb County high schools on Thursday‚ Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. at an annual teacher in−service session. The session will take place at Sprayberry High School‚ 2525 Sandy Plains Road‚ Marietta.

“Aaron Levy establishes a powerful connection with young people through his production of ‘Pizza with Shrimp on Top‚’ ” said Allison Toller‚ executive assistant to the superintendent of Cobb County Schools. “The play is meaningful‚ and one which students will remember for a lifetime.”

Every 17 minutes in America‚ someone commits suicide‚ and according to information released by the Georgia Department of Human Resources last week‚ an estimated 850 Georgians die by suicide each year. According to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Georgia‚ reducing stigma about suicide and its causes provides society with the best chance for saving lives.

Theatres in Atlanta are taking a serious look at this play. Published by Dramatic Publishing‚ “Pizza with Shrimp on Top” is a funny play‚ but one that makes teens think about their lives and the decisions they make. “Pizza with Shrimp on Top” has just been nominated for the 2007 Distinguished Play Award in the category of Middle School and Secondary School Audience plays presented by The American Alliance for Theater in Education (AATE).

For more information about the play and the staged reading‚ contact Levy at alevy2@kennesaw.edu‚ or by phone at 770−423−6132.

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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.



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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