SLUT - The Play
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Across the country, in middle schools, high schools, and on college campuses, "slut" is a word to live or die by. It's simultaneously a badge of honor and the scarlet letter, and young women everywhere struggle to walk the line.
Missoula, MT UM Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program and UM Student Advocacy Resource Council (SARC) present SLUT The Play, a one-act play written by playwright and activist Katie Cappiello and developed at The Arts Effect NYC, and innovative theatre arts school for teens in New York City. The Missoula production is directed by UM graduate Hillary Sea Bard, and is cast entirely with teen actors from local Missoula high schools.
UM WGSS and SARC invite you to attend as they bring SLUT The Play to The Crystal Theater for its first production in Missoula. This production brings audiences, activists, and artists together, and uses storytelling and theatre to amplify the vital and compelling voices of teens in the ongoing discussion of sexual assault and slut-shaming in Missoula, across the United States, and in many other communities and nations throughout the world today.
Produced by special arrangement with The Feminist Press
Made possible with a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 9, 7:30pm
October 10, 7:30pm
October 16, 7:30pm
October 17, 7:30pm
October 18, 2:00pm Matinee
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On a cold night in January, 16-year-old Joey rushes home from dance team practice at The Elliot School in NYC to get ready for Connor Hershall's party. She decides to meet up with her longtime friends Luke, George, and Tim for a little "pre-gaming" before heading uptown. She has a drink...in fact Joey and the guys down an entire bottle of Absolut. They dance. They hang out. They have fun. And then they squeeze into the back of a cab and head to the party...
45 minutes later, Joey's best friend, Jane, finds Joey locked in the bathroom at the party. She's on the floor, covered in her own vomit, with her underwear in her hand.
Within days, The Elliot School community is turned upside down. Luke, George, and Tim have been arrested and put on academic probation, and Joey has yet to show up for classes. Facebook, Instagram, and ASK.FM are flooded with photos and posts detailing what (or who) went down in that taxi.
Homes and hallways are thick with rumor, gossip, and blame:
"She wanted it."
"Did she say no?"
"She was drunk and out of control."
"She deserved it, did you see what she was wearing!?"
"The guys wouldn't need to force her!"
"Why did she have condoms in her bag?"
"She gave them all blow-jobs."
"Why didn't she stop the cab?"
"She prides herself on being a slut."
While her parents pace in the waiting room, Joey sits in a small office and makes her statement to the assistant district attorney. As she painfully recounts the events of that night, her story is intertwined with glimpses of the community's response.
In a culture where silence, judgement, and over-sexualization allow sexual violence to thrive, will Joey find support and justice? When past choices and actions come back to haunt her will her voice be heard? How will one night in a cab shape the sexual lives of Joey and the students at Elliot?
Crystal Theater, Missoula, Montana (View)
515 S. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802
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