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'THURGOODE': CCHS thespians tackle tough topics in play

November 5, 2013

Columbia City High School will present its fall play production of “Thurgoode” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The dramatic presentation features Ashley O’Connor who plays a teenager with multiple personalities. Pictured is O’Connor (center), as Charlie Parker, trying to get a grip on the many facets of her personality. Kiersten Thomas (left) plays Kate and Josh Graham portrays a darker character named Jack. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

COLUMBIA CITY — Dealing with multiple personalities that range from childish innocence to dark deviants, “Thurgoode” is a play that will challenge theater goers and their perspective.

Columbia City High School’s fall production is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available from any cast member or at the door on production nights.

“Thurgoode” tells the story of Charlie Parker, played by CCHS senior Ashley O’Connor, who struggles with dissociative identity disorder, more commonly known as multiple personality disorder.

She has eight others “living” in her head, affecting her every move, always there and always listening.

“This role has been really difficult for me,” said O’Connor. “However, it’s been fun getting to act out different personalities that are not like me.”

Each of Parker’s personalities is unique and takes over when she is faced with different circumstances.

O’Connor said she found an underlying message in the middle of interacting with the different facets of her character.

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