Missouri S&T theatre to stage play about sexual assault

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On October 23, 2015

Missouri S&T students rehearse 'Good Kids,' a play about sexual assault that will run Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2015.

Missouri S&T students rehearse ‘Good Kids.’

Missouri S&T students rehearse 'Good Kids,' a play about sexual assault that will run Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2015.

Missouri S&T students rehearse ‘Good Kids,’ a play about sexual assault that will run Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2015.

The Miner League Theatre Players at Missouri University of Science and Technology will examine attitudes and misconceptions about sexual assault with four performances of “Good Kids.”

“Good Kids” takes place after a high school party, when a girl is raped by a gang of football players. It focuses on the repercussions of the event and the rumors that circulate among her peers. The story is told through various witness and participant points of view. The show is rated “R” and includes strong language and sexual themes.

“This play examines an incident of sexual assault through the lens of social media and other students,” says Jeanne Stanley, an associate professor of theater at Missouri S&T who directs the play. “This is a hard look at sexual assault and how society deals – or doesn’t deal – with it.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29; Friday, Oct. 30; and Saturday, Oct. 31. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. All performances will take place in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at 10th and Main streets in Rolla.

“Talk-backs” will be held following each show to give audience members a chance to ask questions of professional counselors.

Tickets are free for Missouri S&T students, $12 for general admission and $5 for tickets bought in groups of 10. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the shows. Tickets can be purchased at the Leach Theatre Box Office, located at 400 W. 10th St. in Rolla. The box office is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office at 573-341-4219.

Written by Naomi Iizuka and initially ordered by the Big Ten Playwriting Commission to be performed for Big Ten division schools, “Good Kids” is intended to educate audiences and generate discussion and eradicate sexual assault.

The performance is sponsored by Missouri S&T’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Business; College of Engineering and Computing; leadership and cultural programs; provost’s office; Center Stage Club; and institutional equity, diversity and inclusion. Kevin Shaw, a lecturer in theatre, will serve as technical director.

For more information about the performances, contact Stanley at 573-341-4958 or email stanleyje@mst.edu.

The following Missouri S&T students will participate in the performances:

  • Alyssa Bennett, a senior in aerospace engineering from Imperial, Missouri
  • Brendan Boggs, a junior in architectural engineering from St. Louis
  • Hannah Christy, a freshman in chemistry from St. Louis
  • Lauren Cockrum, a junior in geological engineering from Rolla, Missouri
  • Andrew Doing, a sophomore in chemical engineering from Ellisville, Missouri
  • Arden Hawley, a junior in information science and technology from Rolla, Missouri
  • Haley Jenkins, a junior in mechanical engineering from Bolivar, Missouri
  • Ally Mullins, a freshman in physics from Florissant, Missouri
  • Robert Oberdieck, a sophomore in chemical engineering from St. Peters, Missouri
  • Hannah Ramsey, a freshman in English from Rolla, Missouri
  • William Wallace, a senior in aerospace engineering from Littleton, Colorado
  • Peyton Shaw, a freshman in petroleum engineering from Palmer, Alaska
  • Claire Trebing, a junior in computer science and computer engineering from St. Louis
  • Lauren Werkmeister, a sophomore in environmental engineering from Fenton, Missouri
  • Emma Wideman, a freshman in chemical engineering from Washington, Missouri.

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