Wow, what an incredible show with a wonderfully supportive audience!
We were thrilled to pack almost 80 people into the downstairs bar at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland on Thursday night. Sandwiched between two live musical acts upstairs, it was pretty incredible to see a silent and attentive bar crowd, totally engaged in the show. Cara Courchesne filled in for longtime Speak About It actor Laura Armstrong, who was stealing the show in a dance performance at Bowdoin College. Amy Taylor from SARSSM was in attendance as a resource, as were Mat Robedee (former Speak About It actor) and Chris Dalphe from the Frannie Peabody Center. Around 15 students made the trek down from Bowdoin College as part of Consent is Sexy Week. It was a unique and rewarding experience to have an audience full of familiar and excited faces.
Thanks to the Frannie Peabody center (and Mat!) we were able to give out almost 200 Speak About It condoms at Empire, and later at STYXX for the after-party. Both places were great about drink specials, and people seemed to love our “Safe Sex on the Beach” cocktails!
It was such an honor to bring this conversation to Portland, and quite the change of pace from our usual audience of college students, but I think it’s fair to say that we left everyone with a bit of knowledge, a couple laughs, some supportive resources, and an encouragement to continue the dialogue about consent and safe sex, no matter your age or relationship status. We want to extend a huge thank-you to everyone who made this show possible, including our resources and everyone who lent us an hour of your time. There are many ways to continue the dialogue, and one way is through sharing a story with us. We also want to thank everyone who, throughout this process, has shared their story with us, either in person or in writing, for continued use in the development and growth of the show. We couldn’t do this without you, and we’re so appreciative of your honesty and courage.
Does this sound like something you’d like to bring to your college or university? Medical or law school class? Graduating high school seniors? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!