Transformations and Bully
Tara Cariaso, Director
I had a bully in elementary school. Her name was Cassandra. Her motivations were unknown to me at the time, but what I have come to understand, and even respect, is that Cassandra bullied me not because of who I was, but because of who I was to her in the context of this world. I was a light skinned brown girl, and she was a dark skinned brown girl. I didn’t know she was bullied by the world for being a darker skin tone than me at the time, but given nearly 40 years of experience and lots of talking through it, I understand now how much I just didn’t know then.
It’s the same in the world of our play, where bullies come from other bullies who come from other bullies and on and on that cycle has gone since before we can remember. Women bear the brunt of a lot of bullying in our world, a world where children’s bodies are sexualized, and where the law of the land often places the responsibility of sexual assault on the victim. Women work hard to understand how they are perceived and to transform the way the world beholds them, but without experience and lots of talking through it, it’s likely to take many more years of before we understand how much we don’t see clearly now.
I have been honored to work with this talented crew of actors, designers and producers to bring forth this rich play, ripe with social relevance. At a time like this when world leaders are motivated by fear and division, theatre companies and theatre goers have a responsibility to look at the patterns we repeat through history, and to acknowledge that we can transform into whatever we want if we only take time to understand how we affect one another.
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