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Call for Writers! Theatre’s Rape Culture

May 10, 2010

Gender Across Borders is planning a series about the use of sexual violence and rape in theatre. Consider this question: How does rape or sexual violence in theatre or on the stage help to build, destroy, inform about, or reconstruct our rape culture?

Deadline (Extended) for articles: Friday May 28 2010.

This series is designed to be intentionally broad but below are some ideas to get the writing flowing (and there are more after the jump):

–       Rape or sexual violence on stage as a means to spread awareness or inform (e.g. the Vagina Monologues, poetry slams)
–       Rape or sexual assault as a plot or characterization device (e.g. Spring Awakening)
–       Rape or sexual assault in drama as a tool for survivors (e.g. Empowerment Theatre)

Anyone interested in issues of social justice, gender, race oppression and trauma is welcome to submit articles to the series. A broad range of material is welcome, from theatre reviews to interviews to personal narratives to profiles that focus on particular people or events. Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with Gender Across Borders and the general style and themes that appear on the blog!

To apply, please submit your article (300 – 1500 words) along with a résumé or short summary of interests and experience to Kyle at performancearts(at) by Friday, May 21 2010. Articles should include relevant links that provide additional information and an image or video to run with the entry. No prior experience with blogging or professional writing is necessary.

Decisions will be made by May 24th, and all contributors must be available via email the following week to participate in the editing and uploading process. Please feel free to email Kyle at performancearts(at) with any questions.

Series run date: May 31st-June 1st 2010.

Some possible plays/performances to consider after the jump:

–       Extremities by William Mastrosimone
–       Spring Awakening (musical or play)
–       The Vagina Monologues
–       Blasted by Sarah Kane
–       The Europeans by Howard Barker
–       Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
–       Decky does a Bronco by Douglass Maxwell
–       The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker
–       A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
–       Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
–       A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill (for the Kevin Spacey version of this play, I remember the rape scene being part of the marketing at the Old Vic. Rape as a marketing device is another area worth exploring)
–       The Girlfriend Experience by Alecky Blythe
–       Madness in Valencia by Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio
–       Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
–       That Pretty Pretty; or the Rape Play by Sheila Callaghan
–       Various Plays by Shakespeare

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