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A new Lafayette College student theater group dedicated to educating fellow students about important health issues will make its debut with a production on alcohol awareness and other wellness topics at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the snack bar of the Farinon College Center.
Called “Played Out,” the group uses the power of theater to provoke creative, fruitful dialogue on important topics that college students often find difficult to discuss, including alcohol and drug abuse, sexuality, AIDS, and others.

Two students, Kate Cimino, a first-year student from Midland Park, N.J., and Tiffany Folmer, a junior from McGraw, N.Y., spearheaded the group's formation. First-year students Sandy Veresink of Easton, Pa., and Andy Bostian of Seekonk, Mass., and sophomore Dwayne Thomas of Brooklyn, N.Y., are also involved in the flagship production.

“Played Out” is a collaborative effort of students, faculty, and administrators. The advisers are Cindy Adams, Lafayette's health education coordinator, and Suzanne R. Westfall, an associate professor of English who has directed many student theatrical productions at Lafayette.

“Theatre has always existed to delight and to teach, to 'mix profit with your pleasure' as Renaissance playwright Ben Jonson put it,” Westfall said. “What better way to educate about harmful behaviors than to entertain?”

“This offers students a new, provocative way of approaching health education,” Adams says.

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