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Play to raise awareness of acquaintance date rape

August 21, 2000

Play to raise awareness of acquaintance date rape



Acquaintance rape, a prevalent problem on college campuses, is the subject of an interactive play, "PlayRights - One Night," which will be performed Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater.

Statistics about rape among college students are alarming: One-fourth of college women have been victims of rape or attempted rape; about 90 percent of victims know their attacker; and almost one-third of sexual assault victims suffer from rape trauma syndrome at some point. Symptoms may include depression, suicidal thoughts or attempts, and drug or alcohol abuse.

"PlayRights" uses educational theater to explore these topics.

It is about what happens to four friends during a night of partying, flirtation and joking around that ends in one friend accusing another of rape. Performed by professional actors, the program is lively and comical, culminating in a dramatically intense situation that forces each character to confront his or her feelings about rape. At critical points, the actors will stop the action and remain in character while audience members participate in discovering the truth by interviewing the characters about what really happened, and what they are thinking and feeling.

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"PlayRights - One Night" was developed by Equalogy inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding awareness and promoting social change around issue of equality. The company has toured colleges and universities in 11 states.

For information on the performance at HCC, contact Jamie Shyda at 301-790-2800, ext. 225.

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