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UNG staff member's novel comes to life on stage

DeDe deLaughterplaywright
Dede deLaughter, director of learning support, turned her 2013 novel into a play this year.

Dede deLaughter, the director of learning support for University of North Georgia (UNG), was a first- time novelist when her book, "Reawakening Rebekah: The Gift of the CLAMOR Girls" was published in 2013, and now she is a first-time playwright.

deLaughter collaborated with Columbus State University’s (CSU) Theatre Chair Larry Dooley for over a year to adapt the book into a play. And in February 2016 CSU premiered a play adapted from her novel with an ensemble cast of 10 actors.

Her novel is a story about four women in a support group for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The main character, Rebekah Wilkens-Standifer, has repressed the memory of her abuse, but it still haunts her and threatens to dismantle the world she has so carefully constructed. Only when she unlocks her childhood secret is she able to reclaim her life.

"I wrote this novel as a story that celebrates triumph over great loss and testifies to the resilience of the human spirit," said deLaughter.

deLaughter received dual BA degrees in psychology and religion from Emory University and a Masters of Adult Education from University of Georgia. She has been a University System of Georgia employee since July 2002. Her primary responsibilities at UNG include assisting students, faculty and staff with Learning Support policies, programs and procedures that result in successful retention, progression and graduation. 

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