We are underway on our fall tour and so far, it’s been great.
We opened the tour with the performance at Local Sprouts Cafe in Portland, ME last Wednesday to a packed house. We had a number of Portland-specific jokes and resource information in the script, including references to Otto Pizza and a question about which End was better. People were receptive and generous, and hopefully left the performance ready to have the conversation with their friends and partners.
After that, we packed up the minivan, borrowed Dave from Portsports for the weekend, and headed south to Haverford College outside Philadelphia. We were at Haverford in time to have a conversation and facilitation with their Peer Awareness Facilitators about the show, what to expect, and how to help them lead a conversation with first-years after the show. What an awesome group of peer educators! And then, there was the show Saturday morning. Loaded up with lapel mics and some delicious milkshakes from Wawa, we took the stage infront of their 300-person first-year class, as well as their Residential Life staff and the Peer Awareness Facilitators from the previous night. They were an incredible audience, laughing when appropriate and feeling the weight of the more serious parts as well. After the performance, we were able to have a conversation with a few staff members, as well as leaders from student-run resource groups.
After fueling up on Peace of Pizza and Hope’s Cookies, we were in the van headed back to Maine to avoid Hurricane Irene (for photos and updates from the road, see our Facebook page).
Sunday morning we braved the storm (now called Tropical Storm Irene) and headed westward to the University of Southern Maine at Gorham. The sheets of rain and questionable power outages kept many students in their dorms, but we had an awesome and interested audience, including a number of representatives from local resources (Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, SARSSM). We even overheard a number of students, after the performance, asking about how they could get involved with peer educator and sexual assault prevention groups on campus!
We have a couple days in Portland before leaving for Williams College on Wednesday, where we are excited to continue the dialogue. Keep checking back for more updates from the tour, and be sure to find us on Facebook!