“Stop the violence now,” is what Clarion University students exclaimed at the production of, “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer” over this past weekend at Hart Chapel.
This production was brought to the Clarion campus by the Clarion V-day Project and Women and Gender Studies. “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer” has been performed over past years here at Clarion and aims to promote to stop violence against women and girls.
This event was also accompanied by PASSAGES and SAFE who were there to help promote the stop against violence and to talk to anyone who needed help. PASSAGES and SAFE are local Clarion organizations that help protect people in an abusive relationships or situations.
“A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer” is a book that was written in 2007 by many authors and edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Boyle. The authors in this book have written stories about abuse, domestic violence, kidnappings and death to portray to the public the unnecessary violence that is in our world today.
The performance was directed by Aaricka Anderson and Zachery Hoffman with a successful production team of Dr. Kathleen Mclntyre (Director of WGS), Marcy Schlueter (WGS Secretary), Victoria Martin and Natalia Naranjo (V-day Co-Presidents), Malvika Vemulapalli (Stage Manager), Alex Elias and Justen Monts (Stage Crew).
The performers of this program included Aaricka Anderson and Emma Bottinelli in the story “Groceries,” Joshua Cooper in “Untitled,” Taliyah Carter in “Conversations with my Son,” Coralie Compere in “I can Hear my Soul Cracking,” Jasmine Langley in “Darkness,” Justin Yates and Joseph Lillard in “Rescue,” Maggie Ditmore in “Celia,” Travis Mobley and Zachery Hoffman in “Stew,” Somer Walsh in “Fur is Back” and Full cast in “My Revolution Begins in the Body.”
Some of the stories in this book were brought to life on a stage in Hart Chapel so people could see the violence and pain being played out by Clarion University students.
The students delivered these stories to the audience to disperse a message to stop the violence. Each story told in this performance gave a different point of view of violent actions and a different storyline each time.
At the end of the production, applause was given to the hard-working performers and a video was shown of students sharing their thoughts.
Co-Director Aaricka Anderson says, “We don’t need to stop violence tomorrow or two years from now, we need to stop the violence now.” This video gave the audience an understanding of what this production meant for everyone involved in it, and gave everyone hope that one day the violence will stop.