More than 3 million Americans are affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Even more concerning is the fact that approximately 25 to 30 percent of these individuals fail to benefit from empirically-supported interventions.
It’s also the root of the conflict in “Spring Awakening,” the Tony Award-winning rock musical that will be performed this spring at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Set in late-nineteenth century Germany, the musical focuses on teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.
For the play’s main character Melchior Gabor, sex is purely hedonistic and physical. That does not sit well with members of the older generation, however, who opt for a more conservative approach.
Tony Vallone, a professor of English at Penn State Dubois, will join members of the faculty and staff of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in sharing short selections of their poetry and prose during Behrend Reads. The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in Penn State Behrend’s Larry and Kathryn Smith Chapel.