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GRCC Players present 'From White Plains'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

616-234-4213

lnixon@grcc.edu

Feb. 24, 2015 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Grand Rapids Community College’s GRCC Players tackle bullying, compassion and suicide in their latest production.

GRCC theater program director Tom Kaechele will direct GRCC students in Michael Perlman's From White Plains (italics), which runs at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 to 28 at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE. A complimentary dessert reception will follow the opening night performance. This production is a collaboration with StandOUT, and part of the proceeds will benefit this GRCC student organization.

Admission is $5 for students and $10 for the public. Call (616) 234-3946 for information and to purchase tickets.

When a filmmaker calls out a bully from high school during his Academy Award acceptance speech, he begins an anti-bullying campaign that quickly spirals out of control. From White Plains examines compulsion and compassion through the eyes of four men connected to a suicide. GRCC students Robbie Ellis, Jerry Jones, Kenneth Judge and Myles Messinger-Platt star in the play.

“A lot of the enjoyment I get out of a show comes from working with new people that I wouldn’t normally work or hang out with," Judge said. "This show has had no shortage of new and amazing people and I’m grateful for that.”

The production staff includes: Alex Denison, assistant director; Bill Dunckel, costume design; David Johnson, light design; Kendra Jones, stage manager; Rachel Kieras, properties design; Steve Nardin, sound design; and Christian Poquette, set design.

GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation, or have questions about accessibility, please call the Spectrum Theater box office at (616) 234-3946 in advance of your visit.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.