Emma here updating you on our Fall 2011 tour. After some much needed sleep this weekend we packed the minivan up once again and set the GPS to Williamstown, Massachusetts: here we come Williams. We arrived in time to have a delicious Thai dinner with justin adkins, head of the Gender and Sexuality Center at Williams, and two students involved in RASAN (Rape and Sexual Assault Network). We were able to talk to them about the culture at Williams and how Speak About It will contribute positively to the great work they are doing. We discussed our itinerary for the next 24 hours, finished our pad thai, and made it back to the hotel to get prepared for Thursday and celebrate Nick’s birthday!
Thursday morning we had a tech rehearsal and sound check after breakfast and we were all amazed at the performance space at Williams. Everyone was helpful and enthusiastic about our show which gave us lots of energy throughout the day. We met up with justin again for a quick debrief before heading into a facilitation with the Junior Advisors who serve as mentors/RAs to the first-years. The JAs were paired with RASAN members to facilitate conversation after the performance. We helped prepare the JAs for what they were about to see and how to have a focused and productive conversation about sexual assault and consent on Williams’ campus. We were able to putz around in the afternoon for a couple hours and explore the campus slash take a nap before we had a read through and prepared for our first show! Williams splits their first-years into two dorms so we were lucky enough to perform TWICE on Thursday evening. Both shows went so well and we received great support and feedback from the JAs and the Williams newcomers. We were on such a high after the shows, we grabbed dinner with some of the stage managers of the theater and justin and sat for hours talking about the content of the show, our origins, and how Williams will now be able to use Speak About It as a launching point for further conversation.
Friday morning we were Maine bound again. Mat and Laura had left early in the morning and we dropped Nick off in Massachusetts, so Shana and I continued back home just the two of us, enduring Labor Day traffic and eating the rest of the snacks. We are home in Maine now for a while as we celebrate Labor Day with back to back shows performing at Bates on Monday and Colby on Tuesday. I’m so excited to visit Lewiston and Waterville in hopes to spark some good conversation and change!
Stay tuned for new updates to come. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the tour!