Spring Play, Focused on Alcohol and Assault, Premiers
BY STEFANIE EGGLESTON
STAFF WRITER AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
“The Things You Don’t Know About Me,” a play written by Westminster students in the Play in Performance class, premiered last Wednesday.
The play follows eight college students, including two residential advisers, and a school counselor. The topics most prominent in the play are alcohol, sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
The cast of the play based the scenes on experiences they had seen in the news or had been through themselves.
Annabelle Ginter, ’20, an actor in the play, said that she knows of at least four cast members, herself included, who have “experienced or seen the effects of sexual or domestic abuse.”
“I personally have gone through both sexual and partner abuse, and the fact I can use the play to speak out to those who have experienced similar things makes it worth the hours, tears and frustrations,” Ginter said.
When cast members began creating the play, they wanted to focus on how the media affects sexual and dating violence. To showcase this in a modern way, the play uses technology to incorporate Snapchat videos, text messaging, news articles and other online media.
“We’ve been able to do a lot of stuff with tech that we haven’t historically been able to do,” said Dr. Nate Leonard, associate professor of English and producer of the play.
A graduate student from University of Missouri was brought in to direct the play this year, allowing Leonard to work behind the scenes to make this use of technology possible.
Because the play explores subjects that are upsetting for many people, a faculty member trained in counseling is present at each performance. Audience members are welcome to talk with this faculty member at any point during the show or after its conclusion.
“The Things You Don’t Know About Me” runs about 50 minutes and is followed by a question and answer session led by the cast.
It can be seen for the final times tomorrow and Thursday, April 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. in Champ Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.