FSCJ Press Release – FSCJ’s dramaWORKS to Present “A Patch of Earth”

For Immediate Release: March 11, 2016
Contact: Jill Johnson, (904) 632-5016

FSCJ’s dramaWORKS to Present “A Patch of Earth”

 

WHAT: Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) dramaWORKS will present the northeast Florida premiere of “A Patch of Earth” by Kitty Felde. “A Patch of Earth” is based on the true account of Drazen Erdemovic, the first person to be brought to trial for war crimes in the Bosnian Civil War during the mid-1990s. This production is a complement to this year’s FSCJ Author Series featuring Kenan Trebincevic’s memoir, “The Bosnia List.”

The FSCJ dramaWORKS production of “A Patch of Earth” features 14 student actors and more than 10 crew members from all areas of the First Coast, with set and lighting design by Johnny Pettegrew and directed by Professor of Theatre Ken McCulough.

For information and ticket reservations, please call (904) 646-2222.

COST: $10 for the general public
$5 for FSCJ faculty, staff and students (two tickets per valid ID)

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville, South Campus
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

About the play and production:
The playwright, Kitty Felde, was a correspondent for National Public Radio in the 1990s and covered the trial of Drazen Erdemovic at The Hague in the Netherlands. Erdemovic was the first person to be brought to trial under The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for war crimes committed during the Bosnian Civil War. This trial was the first international tribunal for war crimes since World War II. Erdemovic actually confessed to his crime, which involved his participation in the massacre at Srebrenica where he personally executed an estimated 70 boys and men.

An estimated total of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed at Srebrenica in July 1995. Ironically, Erdemovic’s testimony provided valuable information to the international community about the extent of the genocide in Bosnia, as well as names of his superiors who were later brought to justice. “A Patch of Earth” explores the terrible events which occurred in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, but also delves into more personal issues of guilt, conscience and accountability for one’s actions.

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