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Opening night of “Distracted” includes talk-back with actors, faculty

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Psychology and theatre faculty are hosting a noncredit Verandah opportunity and Q&A after the Thursday, Oct. 20, opening night production of “Distracted.” The play will be staged this weekend at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Madden Theatre.

Directed by Carin Silkaitis, North Central College assistant professor of theatre, “Distracted” is a powerful comedy by playwright Lisa Loomer about parents, kids and doctors, and the choice between medicating or not. Jesse is a central character and what some parents would call “a handful.” Getting the 8-year-old to go to school is a hassle, and his teacher Mrs. Holly has had enough of the distractions he causes. Convinced that he has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Mrs. Holly sparks a quest for Jesse’s parents to confirm a diagnosis for his condition.

Following the performance, Silkaitis and psychology faculty members—including Karl Kelley, professor of psychology; Trish Schacht, assistant professor of psychology; Leila Azarbad, assistant professor of psychology; and Sharon Gilbert, adjunct instructor of psychology—will discuss issues and questions raised in this play, such as, what’s the difference between sad and depressed, excited and hyperactive, being prone to distraction and having attention deficit.

A few free tickets are still available for students and faculty to attend this play and talk-back. Visit Karen Jones in the psychology department, Goldspohn Hall, room 16, to reserve your free ticket. Otherwise, call the box office at 630-637-7469 or drop by the Fine Arts Center to reserve your seat, which is free with your NCC Activity Pass. Click here to learn more about the show.

Photo: Hannah Toriumi ’12 as Mama and Jack Detwiler as Jesse