Interactive theatre addresses sex, date rape in performance at TTU Aug. 29

A drama in four scenes will take on the tough issue of sex and date rape during a performance on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Roaden University Center at Tennessee Tech University.

"What's Goin' On?" is an interactive theatre piece in four scenes that follows eight students as they try to untangle the complicated web of sexual miscommunication. Hosted by TTU's Women's Center, the University Programming Council and the university's Commission on the Status of Women, the theatre piece, a Center Stage event, is open to all TTU students. There is no admission fee.

The four scenes portrayed are: ·

Lynn wants to go skinny dipping, but Dave wonders where that will lead. ·

Judy has been drinking at a fraternity party. Should she accept Todd's invitation to go upstairs to see how he's "decorated his room"? ·

Robert thought their relationship was exclusive. What will he do when he learns that Jennifer did not? ·

When Amy took Jim back to her room, she just wanted to kiss. She ended up having to say "NO!" Will he abide by her wishes?

"What's Goin' On?" written by Joel Gori and performed by the actors of the Chicago-based Gestic Theatre Company, is interactive theatre because it gives the opportunity for students and the audience to participate. During "talk-backs" of each scene, students are encouraged to react to the behavior of the characters and to voice their own opinions about the issues covered in the programs.

The format of "intervention theatre" is this: each program consists of a series of short, intimate scenes demonstrating different aspects of the issue being addressed. The scenes reflect the actual experience of students on college campuses.

As each scene reaches its climax, a moderator, an experienced social worker who travels with the company, stops it. The actors are called back to the stage where they remain in character for the "talk-back." Students can question the characters about their behavior and attitudes, and challenge their actions. During the "talk-back" the moderator functions much like a television talk-show host, encouraging participation, challenging audience responses, and making sure the important points of each scene don't get lost in the excitement.

For more information, call (931) 372-3118.