Local play works to show tough issues teens face

News 12 This Morning/Thursday Feb. 20, 2014

(WRDW)--"It holds up a mirror to our society. And, it reflects some of the tough stuff that teenagers are going through today," said Tony Baughman.

Baughman, a co-founder of the Edgefield County Theater, is talking about "Dog Sees God," a play that attempts to unmask some of the real issues students are going through today.

"Things are different today then they were when I was going through high school 30 years ago," said Baughman.

"Everybody in this cast has been bullied at some point," said Woodward.

Woodward, a college senior, plays the main character and says he's no exception.

He tells me when he read the script four years ago it changed his life.

"At that time, I had just gotten out of situations where I was being bullied," he explained. "And where I wasn't really the most popular kid and I had just gotten out of high school."

He tells me he hopes this production can help teens come out of their shell and accept themselves no matter who they are and what issues they may be dealing with.

"Teenagers who've dealt with this, I hope they get across that it's okay to be yourself and it doesn't really matter who's judging you and that it doesn't matter how many friends you have...it's what kind of friends you have," Woodward said.

"I think [it's also] sort of a clarion call not to just stand by and be complacent when they see bullying," said Baughman. "To step up to say something and to defend those being targeted."

It deals with several issues aside from bullying, including depression, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual orientation.

And, Woodward says they're issues he feels most students come in contact with at some point.

"Not every kid's abusing drugs or cussing a sailor, but these are things that go on," he said.

Showtimes are Friday February 21 and Saturday February 22 at 8pm at the William Miller Bouknight Theater on Main Street in Edgefield.

Because of language and some of the themes, children under 12 will not be seated and ages 12-17 must be with an adult.

For tickets, call 803-637-3833.

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