Why, hello! Long time no see. It was great fun to rise up out of the grave again after a little hiatus to visit The College of Staten Island with Azucena, Isadora, and Aphra on October 21st.
The day started early with the journey across land and see to that far and distant borough. We kicked off our visit with a poster-making workshop. The group, all students in an acting class, were very engaged and got fired up about a wide variety of issues to make posters about: the Ebola media craze, parking issues at their school, domestic violence, misconceptions of feminism, animal abuse, and more. I think my favorite poster was one made about misrepresentations of feminism, and how gendered language – like, “you throw like a girl” or “man up!” - affects men AND women.
Azucena, Isadora, and me during the workshop
A group works on a poster about “sexy” Halloween costumes
After the workshop, we had lunch and explored the College of Staten Island campus a little. Apparently, there is a law banning smoking anywhere on all CUNY campuses city-wide – and CSI will not have you forget it! There were so many foreboding signs reminding us that smoking was illegal, we ended up throwing some jokes about it into our performance later that evening. We also may have sneaked a photo or two of a student blatantly smoking a cigarette in front of one of those signs…but he’ll never know it was us! Mwahaha…the benefits of anonymity.
After lunch, we rehearsed in the beautiful theater at CSI and met our student volunteer, Crystal, who would be making her performance debut (first EVER!) with GGOT. I love working on “Silence is Violence” because in addition to interacting with the audience and dancing and singing like the feminist fools we are, we also get to play around with scenes and play characters in our segments depicting tactics for fighting date rape. I think Azucena’s performance of a frat boy is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen – even Crystal had trouble keeping it together in rehearsal.
The performance was a hit. We and the audience all had great energy, and they were with us every step of the way. There was definitely a variety of opinions in the audience in response to our feminist spin - we could tell by their responses during the show as well as by their questions afterwards – but it was all in good spirits and overall, they were engaged and responsive and that’s the best we could ask for as performers.
After the show, one student even came up and interviewed us so she could include us in a project she’s doing for a class. Cool!
Lots o love,