One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her life. That's according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. But Augustana College is using the arts to put a spotlight on the problem.
A group of Augie students is putting on a play by author Sam Shepard called "A Lie of the Mind." It deals specifically with domestic violence and the actors hope it gets their audience thinking.
It's, at times, an emotional show to watch, "A Lie of the Mind" centers around an incident of domestic violence and through the play we see how it affects the families involved. Director Jayna Fitzsimmons says, "it's a really realistic depiction of the subject matter, I think."
The Augie actors decided to take on this subject matter, because, Nathan Hults says they want people to realize domestic violence and abuse are serious problems. He says, "they're issues that need to be addressed, because they don't get addressed very often."
Fitzsimmons says aside from shining the spotlight on this issue, the troupe will help the Children's Inn in Sioux Falls as well. She says, "they help women and children who are leaving domestic violence situations." They're asking audience members to bring donations of children's toys and pajama's to give to the inn. Nathan says, "it's always nice if you can pair the theatre with something in the community, it's always a fun experience."
And Nathan says aside from helping in the community, the hope is to use theatre, which is meant to entertain, as a learning tool. He says, "although it's entertaining, it's nice to have people thinking afterwards," thinking, talking and maybe looking for a change.