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Ohio University graduate student, playwright and actress Bianca Sams is drawn to exploring social issues through what she calls "found stories."
Her work touches on such issues as race relations and the struggles of American servicemen and women. For her latest play, Rust on Bone, Sams interviewed survivors of military sexual assault and men and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
During two periods in the 20th century, Idlewild, Mich., was a popular resort community for the black middle class, attracting intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois during the 1920s, and entertainers like Jackie Wilson, The Four Tops and Della Reese during the 1950s.
Today the Lake County town has become an "idle place," according to Ohio University Associate Professor Ronald Stephens, author of Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town.