Mount Union student play ‘Beau’ addresses mental health, identity

ALLIANCE – Professor Kevin Kern recalls first hearing University of Mount Union student Siv Street read dialogue from a script the student had written.

Kern was so impressed with it that he urged Street to use the script for “Beau” as the basis of their senior culminating experience project.

“I really, really liked the scene, and I thought it had all the things necessary to make a good play… and I saw the script, and I said, ‘This has legs,'” the instructor said.

The main character of “Beau” is a 17-year-old boy who recently stopped speaking following his parents’ divorce. After being admitted to a group home for adolescents, Beau meets other characters who help him explore recovery while learning to express himself.

Subject matter includes mental health, suicide, sexuality and being transgender.

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