SLUT: The Play & The Brave Girls of Hingham High School

 

 

Next time I worry about our world, I’ll think of the girls like those in the Hingham High School Drama club who are brave enough to put on a play which will delve head-first into the supercharged issue of rape culture and slut shaming with its spring production of the simply yet provocatively titled play “Slut, written by Katie Capiello.”

“Katie Cappiello’s powerhouse script examines the double standard that celebrates sexual activity by boys but denigrates it for girls.” —Time Out New York

 

Next time I worry about our world, I’ll remember staff like  Principal Paula Girouard-McCann, guidance counselor Kelly McPeck, and drama instructor, Anita Levy-Sisk, supporting and working with them. I’ll think of the boys at the school, who, when questioned in an anonymous survey, supported the girls staging this all-female production. I think of the parents like Alyson Hussey who responded to parent’s wanting to quash the production in a letter to the editor:

WARNING: This play may open your eyes to what teenagers think and feel and experience right here in Hingham every single day.

WARNING: This play may give you an opportunity to talk to your sons and daughters about what they will do in that split second when they have to choose to intervene or look away from a sexual assault.

WARNING: This play could help you to stop your own child from ruining his life (and hers) by realizing that when a girl says no, she means no, even if she is wearing a short skirt, is drunk, or has had sex with someone he knows.

WARNING: This play will give you an opportunity to have a real, honest conversation with your teenagers before they go to college.

WARNING: This play could help you to be a better parent.

Alyson Hussey is a strong woman who understands the statistics teenagers face in her town. According to the Hingham Journal, regarding Hingham’s annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey, “which students respond to anonymously in 9th and 11th grades. This year’s survey found that 33 percent of the respondents had used marijuana in at least one of the past 30 days, while 44 percent admitted to alcohol usage during the same period. Nearly half had received a text of a sexual nature and 18 percent felt they had been harassed/bullied online or over a cell phone, according to the survey.”

With teenagers, women, and young men like the ones in Hingham speaking up, we can celebrate that smart is beautiful and our futures are in strong hands.

SLUT is truthful, raw and immediate! Experience this play and witness what American young women live with every day.” —Gloria Steinem, author of My Life on the Road

You can get tickets by clicking the link below:
The play will be staged

Thu. May 4th 2017, 7:30 pm
Fri. May 5th 2017, 7:30 pm
Sat. May 6th 2017, 7:30 pm

 

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One Comment

  1. Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Extraordinarily honest and brave — the production, the actresses and their families, and Alyson’s letter to the community. This should be a traveling performance for high schools — so glad you gave it a platform here, Randy.

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