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Welcome to the Not In Our State Summit 2015 at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula, Montana. 
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Tuesday, November 10 • 2:50pm - 4:00pm
StopSlut: Bringing SLUT: The Play to Montana

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Session Description: In late summer 2014, the Feminist Press at the CUNY contacted the UM Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program about working together to stage a nationally recognized play addressing the aftermath of a sexual assault in a high school. A working group was formed with UM faculty, advocates, students, and community members. This group found funding, a director, and a producer. The director and the producer found a venue and a group of actors from area Missoula high schools to stage the play which will be performed in mid-October 2015 at the Crystal Theater in Missoula, MT. SLUT: The Play, written by Katie Cappiello, was inspired by the real experiences of high school students and developed over two years with teenage actors in weekly creative sessions led by The Arts Effect in New York City. The play follows the journey of 16-year-old Joanna Del Marco who is sexually assaulted by three friends during a night out in NYC, and highlights the damaging impact of slut culture on the lives of young people and the importance of being heard. Teen Vogue wrote, "A group of high schoolers are making waves with an original production called SLUT, leading the charge to stop slut-shaming for good." The play is an innovative addition to the ongoing efforts at university campuses and high schools across the nation to address the issue of rape and sexual assault. Using theater opens up new avenues for prevention and brings new audiences to those efforts. This session will take play one month after the staging of the play. The session will bring together the director, the production team, and the actors to discuss their experiences with the play. The panel will focus on how theater can be an effective force to address rape culture. In addition, the cast and crew will discuss their experiences staging their play, and what it means to them.

Learning Outcomes: Summit participants will: 1) learn how theater can be an effective force to address rape culture. 2) learn strategies for addressing slut-shaming. 3) learn about resources for presenting SLUT and/or other applied theater programs at their campuses.

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Hillary Bard, Chris Torma and Hannah Ettema, SLUT: The Play

Hillary Bard, Director; Chris Torma and Hannah Ettema, Producer, SLUT: The Play


Tuesday November 10, 2015 2:50pm - 4:00pm
UC 326

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