RRC is co- sponsoring a one-woman/half-clown/half-monologue/all-feminist critique of the sexual assault crisis on college campuses, Post Traumatic Super Delightful. The play weaves the lives of survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders into the story of a community struggling to heal after assault. Through clowning, the show transcends the victim/villain dichotomy and welcomes open-hearted conversation about healing.
When: May 10 at 7 P.M.
Where: Kol Tzedek, a Reconstructionist synagogue in West Philadelphia: 801 S. 48th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
The college is co-sponsoring the performance with Mishkan Shalom, Tikkun Olam Havurah, and Kol Tzedek. RRC is funding the performance through its new Auerbach Entrepreneurial Grant Program. The show is open and free of charge. Donations will be welcomed at the door.
Following the performance of the show, rabbinical student Ariana Katz – the recipient of the grant - will join the show’s performer, Antonia Lassar, in a talkback about the Jewish community’s responsibility to discuss sexual assault and the Jewish values innate in Antonia’s show. This program aims to sit at the intersection of Jewish values and justice work.
After being developed in New York’s All For One Theater’s SoloLab and Works In Progress Series to an overwhelming audience response, Post Traumatic Super Delightful made its world premiere to sold-out houses at the FRIGID New York Festival, winning “Best Political Play.” Since then, the play and creative team have received national attention, being featured by Marie Claire and Autostraddle and working with Glamour to mentor winners of their Top Ten College Women Competition. The play is currently touring theaters, colleges and crisis centers across North America.
The team of collaborators behind this play came together to shatter the mold survivors are forced to fit into and explore how assault affects an entire community. Rape doesn’t happen in a vacuum. How is everyone hurt by one assault? Is it safe to laugh together? Can laughter create connections? Who is accountable? In Post Traumatic Super Delightful, the personal is political, the political is personal. And the person is a clown.
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