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BSU Students Developing a New Play Find Inspiration in the #MeToo Movement

December 5, 2018
Students' Playwriting Skills Developed Through BSU Faculty Support


MEDIA CONTACT: Damita Chambers, dchambers@bowiestate.edu, 301-832-2628 mobile

(BOWIE, Md.) – For years, Bowie State University students have been developing their talents as playwrights for short productions at the annual Ten-Minute Play Festival – now, theater arts students have devised a full-length play that finds inspiration in the #MeToo movement for telling intimate stories of gender-based harassment and abuse.

Under the direction of the Assistant Professor Elena Velasco, BSU theater arts students have written a multidisciplinary workshop performance that shares the challenges and survival of victims of sexual violence. Through interviews, research and personal narrative, the students’ work gives voice to those who have remained silent for too long. Professor Velasco has used her experience as a playwright and facilitator of social justice performance art to guide the students to develop a work to inspire conversations and bring awareness of these important issues.

Three female students hold hands in the foreground and two others stand in the background on a stage with bright spotlights shining on them and a wooden platform erected behind them

BSU students, writing a play inspired by the
#MeToo movement, will bring their work to the
stage as the university's spring production.

The first phase of this work's development was presented as a staged reading to an audience for the first time last month and will continue to evolve before its debut as a BSU Theatre production in April 25-29, 2019 in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Main Stage Theater.

Along with the #MeToo performance in April, the public can also enjoy short-form plays written by BSU students in the Sixth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, running from February 21-23, 2019, in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theater. In this festival, the plays are always produced, directed, and performed by students.

This year, more students than ever submitted their work for consideration. A selection committee  made up of Dr. Gail Medford, Professor Velasco, Professor Michelle Washington, and sophomore theater major Gabrielle Hawkins  read the plays blindly and selected the following five plays to be produced for the festival:

  • Baby Girl by Shalom Omo-Osagie, a junior theater arts major
  • Eulogy by Kaylin Luces, a junior visual communication and digital media arts major
  • Every Black Man by Lorenzo Henriquez, a junior theater arts major
  • Lost Cause by Gabrielle Moore, a sophomore visual communication and digital media arts major
  • The Social Virus by Obinna Victor, a sophomore sociology major

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