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About the project

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Dramatic Reading of Tape, by Stephen Belber

Directed by Bryan Doerries

Tape sparks discussions about consent, power dynamics, and sexual assault. These performances are designed to challenge individuals and communities to examine their own core values and pursue positive action. This project has been presented on military installations, university campuses, in shelters and in high schools.

I think that there’s a lot of people out there that don’t come forward with their stories, who don’t openly acknowledge that there are instances that make them uncomfortable, because we are kind of expected to protect ourselves.
Student, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
Josh Hamilton, Kathryn Erbe, and Brendan Griffin perform Tape at Kenyon College

About the play

  • Tape by Stephen Belber

    Two best friends from high school—Jon and Vince—reunite ten years later at a motel in Michigan. Over the course of an evening, Vince pressures Jon to admit that he date-raped Amy Randall, a girl they both dated in high school, only then to reveal that he has recorded their entire conversation. Vince then uses the tape to force Jon to personally apologize to Amy that evening, after inviting her to join them for dinner. Differing memories of the event collide, and the complexities and social pressures of the relationships are revisited, in a final confrontation in which Jon, Amy, and Vince argue over the truth of what happened that night.

Tape Highlights

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The Perception of Tape

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait / 2014


Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams thanks soldiers, civilians and actors for participating in Tape

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait / 2014

David Denman, Tracie Thoms, and Nyasha Hatendi in TAPE

NYC Go Purple Day

On Zoom / 2021

Tracie Thoms, David Denman, and Nyasha Hatendi star in TAPE, presented with our partners at the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, who hosted and co-facilitated this event in honor of NYC Go Purple Day. On “NYC Go Purple Day” (October 21st) local buildings and landmarks across the city light up in purple, and New Yorkers are encouraged to wear purple to show support for survivors.

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