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"The Green River" Flows Smoothly

October 2010

Returning alum Aaron Randolph III has many reasons to be pleased. On September 9, the SAU Theater department held a staged reading of his original script, "The Green River," in the Studio Theater, where it was welcomed with open arms. A group of eight actors – students, alumni and professors – read Randolph's script in front of a crowd of students, parents and even a couple military veterans.

The drama dealt with the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition that plagues many soldiers who have witnessed and experienced horrible acts of violence while overseas. The audience is invited into the mind of the main character, Erik, who is now riddled with pain and guilt while trying to deal with day-to-day responsibilities.

Audience members were encouraged to give their responses during an hour-long session, mediated by Dr. Cory Johnson, where they expressed several points of view. "Overall, I feel like the reaction was positive, which is always what you hope for as a creative artist, but I also got lots of constructive criticism to give me fuel for my next revision." Randolph commented. "The work ahead of me is fairly daunting but it also excites and energizes me."

As for the future, Randolph hopes to rewrite and do one more reading before sending the script to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's national playwriting contest. Hopefully one day, we'll see this wonderful script produced onstage for all to see!

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