Open to Public
Tape: Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence
Directed by Bryan Doerries
Thu, Dec 08.2022
TAPE presents dramatic readings of Stephen Belber’s play TAPE as a catalyst for guided discussions about sexual assault, power dynamics, and consent. These events are designed to evoke empathy, understanding, and discomfort, challenging individuals and communities to examine their own core values and pursue positive action.
This special event is co-presented by NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) in conjunction with "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2022."
Featuring performances by Nyasha Hatendi (Alex Rider), Karla Mosley (The Bold and the Beautiful), and Alex Morf (Manifest).
Support for our digital programming is provided, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.
This event will take place on Zoom Webinar and can be accessed on personal devices. The event Zoom link will be distributed via email and available to registered attendees starting 2 days prior to the event.
This event will be captioned in English. ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please email email@example.com.
All of Theater of War Productions' events follow the same format:
- The performers will read the text.
- Community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time.
- We will open the discussion to the audience, facilitated by Bryan Doerries. During the discussion, please raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, please accept the invitation to be promoted to speak and you will be visible and heard by the entire audience for the duration of your comments. If you would prefer not to be seen, please disable your video.
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.
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