A One Act Play About Rape

HOW TO EAT THE THING THAT EATS YOU is a new play created over the past year in collaboration with over one hundred other people. It was made by conducting huge surveys about sexual violence, workshopping scenes with members of the community, and interviews with 25 survivors of assault Bard College in New York. It is a synthesis of the Persephone myth with stories and memories of rape. 

Because of this, the play is more that one woman's exploration of a terrifying, taboo topic; it is the lived experiences of a whole community of people. It is a way to ask questions and not assume we have the answers. It an attempt to stare down this invisible epidemic, and break it apart with rage, love, fear, joy, pity, and honesty. 

Because when the laws are failing so many people, 
what else is there to do but make art?

"...Here's how it happened.
I didn't fall.
I welded to the sheets.
Hips become the bedframe...."
 
 

 

Performance history:

2016 Dixon Place Mainstage, New York, New York

2015 The Old Gym at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

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THE CHAPBOOK

A visual collaboration between Aleah Black and Moriah Mudd-Kelly that attempts to capture the beauty, love, and pain of HOW TO EAT THE THING THAT EATS YOU. 

 

"Because what is there to do but hope, and love, and heal, and bleed, and keep living? "

 

CAST
Persephone [Kore].............................................Mikey Gray

Persephone [Gune].......................................Eleanor Robb
Persephone [Anassa]..................................Isabel Bennett
Demeter...........................................................Ethan Rogers
Hades..................................................................Aleah Black
Ghosts..................................Salome Dewell/Imani Jones/
...........Ariel Gillooly/Taylor Cantrall/Eleanor Broughton
Everyman..................................................................................

CREW
Playwrite/Director............................................Aleah Black

Stage Manager/Lighting...............Annie Garrett-Larsen
Artistic Director...................................Moriah Mudd-Kelly
Technical Director......................................Lauren Barnes            
Sound...........................................................Jackson Parker
Make-Up......................Emily Claypoole/Emma Webster
Videographer.....................................................Talia Eshel
Photographer................................................Emma Ressel