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Actor-comedian presents show on substance abuse

February 03, 2009 12:00AM

John Morello

John Morello will present "Dirt: A One Man Show of Substance Abuse and Choices" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in McCray Hall at Pittsburg State University.

Morello is an actor, comedian, and educator who has been performing for 15 years. When he was a teenager he witnessed friends and family members lose their lives to drugs and alcohol, leading him to the work he does today. Morello has also been a teacher in a treatment center for teens, where he saw many students repeat the family cycles of self-neglect and self-abuse.

Dirt connects with students and adults by depicting real characters making real choices. His characters provide a mirror for the audience to see themselves and the choices they make on a daily basis.

By using comical circumstances that appear in everyday life, Morello's show provides a serious message. Some of his segments and characters include: a World War II veteran reflecting on his choices in battle and sacrifices for the present generation; a teenage girl who drinks socially; a poetry festival gone hilariously wrong; and "Voices From the Dirt," characters telling their struggles with being and loving an addict.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Regional Prevention Center of Southeast Kansas and Gorillas In Your Midst, Pittsburg State University's peer health education group.

For more information, visit Morello's Web site at or contact JT Knoll at 620-235-4062.

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