'A Ripple in the Pond'

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University School of Jackson students wrote a play in collaboration with Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP) about a family in an abusive home.

All proceeds from tickets sales and donations went to WRAP.

The story follows the actions of children who witness a father physically abusing his wife. The sixth-grade son begins to hit and disrespect his teacher and other students, and the daughter, who is a senior, enters a mentally abusive relationship with her boyfriend.

“This play is different because we are doing monologues for each character, from the teacher to the abusive husband,” Upper School Theater teacher Erica Davidson said. “They are giving us a peek into their motives and feelings.”

Then the students replayed the same scenes with certain characters reacting differently – from taking a stand to helping a victim with the right words. “The ending is much different this time around than the first,” Davidson said.

The play, directed by Davidson, starred Molly Maroney and Seth Weiss. Playwrights included Davidson and USJ students Amanda Holloway, Madison Perchik, Clare Robertson, Rebekah Sears and Adam Sills.

Daryl Chansuthus, executive director of WRAP, said “A Ripple in the Pond” illustrates the damage of an abusive relationship and how it impacts an entire household. “But it also illustrates how family members can change the pattern of abuse and end the spread of violence before it trickles beyond the home and into the community.”

She thanked Davidson and her students for exploring the subject of family violence in an original play. “WRAP appreciates their creativity and support. We are fortunate to have this talented group of students working with WRAP to share this important information with the community.”