If you live in the Charlotte, NC area, give yourself a gift this weekend and go and see PETIE, now playing at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. Written by Lori Fischer and presented by Starving Artist Theater Productions, PETIE is a smart and deeply moving play that seamlessly weaves the themes of family, forgiveness, and grace with the difficult topics of mental illness and domestic abuse. Hilarious at some times and heartbreaking at others, PETIE is one of the bravest theatrical productions I have seen in a long time.
A special shout out to my friend Walker Dixon, who plays the title role of Petie, a young victim of domestic abuse. This is a heavy role for a 10-year-old actor, but Walker pulls it off brilliantly. The rest of the cast is amazingly talented as well, and the black box theater promotes an intimate interaction with the story.
Walker Dixon plays the title role of Petie
The final two showings of PETIE are Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m. Following the Friday night performance, there will be a “Spotlight on Domestic Abuse” panel discussion with partners from LoveSpeaksOut and Safe Alliance, domestic abuse survivors, and the playwright.For more information, visit http://astarvingartistproduction.com.