For Profit examines the exploitation of the American student through the eyes of an unwilling admissions adviser at a for-profit college. A Q&A session will be held after each performance. The play’s main character, Aaron, is a recent college graduate with large student loan payments to make. He takes a position as a college recruiter but finds the job is really a high pressure sales position – one that requires him to lure people into indebtedness for education that offers them little chance at success.
Daniel Luzer of the Washington Monthly wrote: “The question Calafato asks is perhaps central to how this whole system functions. Calafato was willing to work as a recruiter for a proprietary college—peddling expensive programs to people who might not be able to service their student loans with the degrees they might obtain—after all, because he himself had student loans, from his time at Bowling Green State University, to pay off. This is what debt does to people.”
The Occupy movement sees similarities in the way that secondary education is financed and the sub-prime mortgage problems. Many believe that student debt presents a similar risk to the economy, and Occupy Student Debt was formed to focus specifically on this issue. Aaron Calafato is an actor, writer, and storyteller. He is a recent recipient of a 2012 Emerging Artist Grant from the Puffin Foundation. He has been featured on NPR (WCPN), RT American, The Chronicle for Higher Education, Campus Progress, WEWS Channel 5, The Fiscal Times, The Hill, and Washington Monthly, and FSLD.com He’s also a contributing writer for Pluck Online Magazine and Occupy Student Debt FOR PROFIT previewed in Cleveland, Ohio and made its New York City premiere in March at the Seeing Place Theater. The show is currently on a year-long multi-city tour.
Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30, and Sunday’s matinee is scheduled for 4:30. A donation of $9.99 per ticket is suggested for all performances. Advance tickets available at:
Ghostlight Coffee, 1201 Wayne Ave. Dayton
The Reiki Room of Dayton, 848-B E. Franklin St. Centerville
Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St. Dayton.
(submitted by For Profit in Dayton Team)