"Casualties" is a drama written by Paul Lewellan in response to the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Colorado. This week's Living In Iowa meets with the Bettendorf High School English teacher and his students about the play and the reaction they have received form the community. The program airs on Friday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Iowa Public Television.
"Casualties" is a drama about a fictional school shooting, in which Lewellan included violent behavior and profanity to make it realistic. Support from the community has been overwhelming, he says, with students, parents, and educators confronting their fears about violence and discussing how to avoid incidents such as Columbine.
Lewellan says what he and his students hoped to accomplish with the drama was to give people an opportunity to look within themselves and see what prejudices they have, or how they treat others.
Also this week, Living In Iowa meets Des Moines residents Bill "Lefty" Bell and Ernie "Schoolboy" Johnson, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the early 1950s. During their time in the Negro League, they played with such legends as Ernie Banks, Henry Aaron and Willie Mays. Bell and Johnson say their time in the league was exciting, but that the importance of it wasn't evident to them until they were far removed from the game.
Living In Iowa also updates viewers on Mary and Pat Brooks of Marshalltown, who competed in the 1997 "Peking to Paris Challenge" in a 1949 Buick Super "Woody." The Brooks revved up the Buick again this summer to participate in the "Around the World in 80 Days Rally."
Living In Iowa, with host Morgan Halgren, airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. on Iowa Public Television station Channel 27 in Sioux City.
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