Press Releases

March 31, 2003
Southampton College Troupe Continue Their HIV/AIDS Awareness Program

Southampton Players Present "Better Choices, Better Chances: Round Three" to Area High Schools

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The Southampton Players Outreach Theatre, or S.P.O.T., will be presenting their popular, straightforward sex-ed series, "Better Choices, Better Chances: Round Three" to local high schools during the week of April 7th to the 11th, 2003. The program is supported in part by Southampton Hospital and the David E. Rogers Center. The program depicts issues relevant to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases in language that the students speak and hear. In previous incarnations, the Players have staged mock dating games, spoken-word "rap-style" monologues and incorporated quiz shows that address sex issues in a frank and honest voice. The vignettes are informative through their theatricalities. "We do not attempt to be idealistic," quoted Disher. "We are realistic and realize that children are having sex. We do not preach or judge; we inform with the hope that wise choices will be made. We also provide options, resources and brutal consequences." The segments are written by the Players themselves under the guidance of Michael Disher, the director of the heralded theater program at Southampton College. The performances are interactive, enlisting audience participation, and includes a question / answer period and an optional condom demonstration at the end of the program. "What is unique about this particular event is that it is ever changing. No two shows are ever alike," says Disher. "They are based upon the opinions and the voices of the performers in each production. As the performers and the statistics change, so do the productions. It keeps the show fresh and always with a different approach." "Better Choices, Better Chances: Round Three," is currently scheduled to perform at Westhampton High, Southold Senior High, Mercy High School, Mattituck Middle and High School, Bridgehampton School and the Ross School. The program is produced by Southampton Players and their outreach troupe, S.P.O.T. (Southampton Players Outreach Theatre). For further information regarding this production and future performances, call Michael Disher at 287-8088.