Show combines music, monologue to trace journey from small town

Diving deeper than football Saturdays and hollers of “S'ko, Bucks!,” Drew Eberly seeks to articulate a more complex pride in his Columbus home with Available Light Theatre's “Dear Piqua.”

The memoiristic show, directed by Matt Slaybaugh and written and performed by Eberly, is a reflection on the phenomenon of leaving small towns for big cities.

“A whole generation of people are here in Columbus, and they moved from small towns, and I was really interested in looking into what that was and how that affected us,” Ebrly said.

In “Dear Piqua,” Eberly charts what was gained — and lost — in his journey from Piqua, Ohio, to Columbus. Told through a combination of song and monologue (a reflection of Eberly's theater and singer-songwriter backgrounds), the show will also become an album, to be released in early 2019.

“Dear Piqua” will open Thursday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. and run through Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Columbus Dance Theatre.