PlayRights Performance – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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PlayRights Performance

Alcohol, flirtation and a conflicting story are interwoven in the plot of a short, interactive play that will be performed at the Colleges on Thursday, Sept. 4, in Albright Auditorium. PlayRights-“One Night” uses the interactive theater technique to explore the topic of rape among college students and college-aged young people. “One Night” is a play about what happens to four close friends when, during a night of partying, flirtation and joking around, one friend accuses another of rape. 

Performed by professional actors, the program is lively and comical through most of the plot. It culminates dramatically when each character is forced to confront his/her feelings about rape. At critical points, the actors will pause the action of the play-though remain in character-and allow the audience members to participate and discover the truth by interviewing the characters about what really happened, as well as what they are thinking and feeling.

The program also covers legal, medical and community options to rape victims; how alcohol and drugs are often used to increase vulnerability; risk-reduction techniques and ways for students of both genders to support victims and work to end rape.

“One Night” is performed by Equalogy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding awareness and promoting social change around issues of equality. The group uses theatrical techniques and lively presentational styles to demonstrate or illustrate these issues and to help people of all ages build practical skills.”

PlayRights, which is sponsored by the Hobart and William Smith Deans’ Offices, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Albright Auditorium.  All new students must attend this event.