We’ve all been waiting for it, and now we’re super excited to announce the release of our official highlight video. A huge thanks goes out to Houston Kraft for all of his hard work and patience with us through this process. Please take a minute (or six) and see what we’re all about. Enjoy!
After briefly misplacing the camera after the Colby performance, we now have pictures from the show! Well, pictures of us goofing around before the show. We’ve also updated the About the Cast and the About the Show sections of the website, so check that out!
And keep your eyes peeled for the release of our official video!
I was just sent a link to this segment from a Boston NPR program about hostility, especially sexual violence, against women on college campuses across the country. If you have 5 minutes, 20 minutes, 45 minutes, take some time to check out this segment. It mentions the talk that VP Joe Biden gave at the University of New Hampshire a few days ago, where he said, among other things, that “no means no means no.”
Here is a link to Mr. Biden’s speech at UNH on April 4th.
Sexual assault on college campuses is a huge reality. During the NPR segment, one of the guests said that we talk so much about numbers.. that statistically, one in four (1 in 4) college-aged women will be sexual assaulted while at college. That is one in four daughters, one in four sisters. And people are not outraged? She went on to say that if one in four laptops were stolen on a college campus, there would be an uprising.
Food for thought.
A HUGE thank-you to everyone who helped with the production at Colby College on April 6th. This means: everyone who came to our dress rehearsals at Bowdoin College and gave us awesome feedback, Megan and Annmarie from the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center in Winthrop, Lydia Bolduc-Marden at Colby College, Houston Kraft for his amazing posters, Dave Surkin of PortSports Social Club for his incredible direction (again), Anna Ausubel for her insight as our Assistant Director and Facilitation Programmer, our wonderful actors Laura Armstrong, Branden Asemah, Shana Natelson and Nick Smith (for more information about our actors and directors, please see the “About the Cast” section of our website), and everyone who came to see the show at Colby College.
Also, please check out our “Testimonials” section on the website to see what people have been saying about our most-recent shows.
As we move forward, we’re excited to start looking ahead to fall 2011 and Orientation programming. We’re already starting to prepare for those performances by getting fun facts and inside jokes from various schools to be able to keep the show as customized as possible. But that’s not all. The cast and directors have decided to stage a number of FLASH MOB-style performances this spring at schools throughout New England. Not sure what a FLASH MOB is? Check out this video that was featured in a T-Mobile ad. We’ll be staging shows in common spaces at various schools, but with a little bit more advanced warning than this impromptu dance performance. We want to keep encouraging and empowering students and sparking dialogue, so we figured the best way was to show up and do a show.
Keep an eye out for more information about when and where these performances will be taking place. If you’re interested in bringing a FLASH MOB to your school before the spring semester is over, please get in contact with us. We are not charging for these shows, we just want to get the word out and spark dialogue!
And as always, if you feel inspired by Speak About It and have your own story to share, please get in touch with us about the possibility of submitting your story to be included in the performances.
Speak About It recently received some awesome press coverage from the Orient at Bowdoin College. Below is the article, written as part of a larger piece about recent alumni. Thanks, Melissa!
Recent alumni take Bowdoin lessons to different careers
April 1, 2011
Recent graduates have proven that life after Bowdoin can lead to many paths, from designing cutting-edge fly-fishing technology to sports writing, to talking about sex.
Shana Natelson ’10 decided to take a powerful Bowdoin experience and continue it post-graduation. A Government and Legal Studies major with a Spanish minor, captain of the women’s ice hockey team, Peer Health member and tour guide, Natelson also took part in the inaugural performance of “Speak About It” and remained involved for the rest of her time at Bowdoin.
The play—originally written by Linzee Troubh ’09, Jeremy Bernfield ’09, Health Education Coordinator for Health Services Emily Skinner ’08 and Associate Director of the office of the Dean of Student Affairs Meadow Davis—employs contributed stories to foster dialogue about sex and relationships at Bowdoin. The production focuses on “issues of consent, sexual assault, and bystander intervention,” and debuted during Orientation in 2009. According to Natelson, the play was greeted “with much better feedback than we anticipated” and the “positive buzz” continued, inspiring additional performances.
Natelson, conferring last spring with Davis, Skinner and Dean Foster, was inspired to adapt the play and bring it to other schools. “I knew I didn’t want to go to [graduate] school, and I didn’t want to work at a desk,” she said.
Natelson instead spent the past summer revising the play’s script for travel, creating contacts and developing a webpage (speakaboutitonline.com) for the project.
Natelson has served as producer, actor, writer, and director, working alongside fellow alum Nick Smith ’09.
“Nick has been my partner as we move forward,” she said.
Natelson and Smith performed at the University of Southern Maine in February, and will be joined by Laura Armstrong ’12 and Branden Asemeh ’12 for a performance at Colby this Wednesday, directed in part by Anna Ausubel ’10.
“We rag on Bowdoin once or twice,” said Natelson of the Colby performance.
While structurally the same, Natelson explained that each performance is adapted to its audience. “If we can tell jokes and make people laugh, they feel more interested, more connected,” she said. “The [ultimate] goal is to create dialogue.”
Having experienced the play’s success at Bowdoin, Natelson reflected, “It has been a lot of fun to see these results as we move to other schools. Natelson described the experience thus far as “an adventure” and hopes to continue her involvement. She and Smith are set to perform at Williams for Orientation 2011 and are looking to hold an open casting call in order to secure a full-time cast for a string of shows in the fall.