The play is about "the crybaby," also known as Drazen Erdemovic, a young Bosnian Croat solider who has managed to fight for three different armies during the Bosnian war, never having taken the life of another. The 24-year-old is a survivor and the only witness to the atrocities that followed the destruction of Srebrenica. He stands before the International Criminal Tribunal — and may do the one thing that may conquer his demons, according the The Theatre Company, the hybrid Equity and undergrad troupe at The University of Detroit-Mercy.
Performances began Feb. 3 and continue to Feb. 13. Felde will be on hand the final weekend to speak and answer questions after performances.
Felde was a trial reporter who covered what she called "the real trial of my century — a trial that affected not three families, but three million families." A Patch of Earth is Felde's sixth play, winning the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition in 1999.
Arthur J. Beer directs a cast that includes UDM theatre students Jenny Altimore, Patrick O'Connor Cronin (as Drazen), Curtis Green, Matt Klug, Jessica Lake, David Legato, Sarah Shirkey and guest artists Mary Bremer, Alan Madlane and Robert Skrok.
Performances play at the Marygrove College Theatre Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday afternoons at 2 PM. For tickets and additional information call (313) 993-3270.