About the Show
Speak About It is a performance-based presentation about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships that is designed specifically for a mature high school or college audience. Using a combination of humorous yet provocative skits, interactive dialogue, and powerful monologues, Speak About It is an hour-long performance that addresses consent, sexual assault, and bystander intervention. Each of the actors in the five-person show undergoes sexual assault training and speaks passionately, onstage and off, about the importance of sexual assault prevention. Speak About It is the wisdom of an array of mistakes, misfortunes, successes, and perspectives; a compilation of true stories that captures what healthy sex can and should look like, and how to spark dialogues about it. Speak About It recognizes that everyone has a story about their experience with sex, and we help to validate those differences by sharing a range of true stories that represent a number of different attitudes and histories around sex, from long-term monogamous relationships to same-sex assaults and what the healing process can look like for survivors. The performance is inclusive of all genders, sexualities, and choices, and our skits and monologues use language to reinforce that inclusivity.
Speak About It works to incorporate information and resources specific to each institution. Customizing the show as much as possible creates a connection with the audience, engaging them through familiarity and humor and allowing us to discuss sexual assault and consent with an interested audience. We realize that we are tackling issues that can be emotional for some audience-members, so we ask that representatives from local sexual assault support groups as well as on-campus resources be available throughout the performance, should students need them. The cast is also available for pre- or post-performance facilitations or discussions with student groups or members of Residential Life, and we recommend partnering the performance with our facilitation program. Our goal in delivering the facilitation is to enable students to discuss the material of the show, and their reactions to it, in a safe and comfortable setting. The final product is an audience who feel inspired to eradicate sexual assault on their own campus through communication and peer education.
Our program can be performed for first-years, upperclass students, athletes, campus leaders, high school juniors and seniors, or any variation thereof. We realize that as a performance, we are only on each campus for a relatively short period of time. As a result, the presentation is designed to engage and empower audience-members to continue the conversation with each other long after the performance has ended. We provide tools and suggestions for different ways to make sure students have gotten consent, especially when alcohol is involved, as well as realistic and applicable ways to be an active bystander, leaving students feeling educated, entertained and empowered to change their campus culture. Since our inception in 2010, we have presented to over 20,000 high school and college students, sparking dialogue and encouraging change.
Since branching away from Bowdoin in early 2010, Speak About It has performed at high schools, colleges, and universities across the country, including Bates College, Brown University, Colby College, Cornell University, Hamilton College, Haverford College, Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Trinity College, the University of Puget Sound, the University of Southern Maine, and Williams College. Performances have been part of Orientation programming as well as supplemental programming for upperclassmen to help create a dialogue about sexual assault prevention.
Speak About It operates under Speak About It, Inc, a 501c3 organization, with Creative Commons rights from Bowdoin College.
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