From March 27 through April 14 at NYC’s West Village IRT Theater, this first-ever Festival will bring together over 50 artists and experts for performances, panels and participatory workshops. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, let’s create an intersectional space for conversation that celebrates healing and inspires cultural change.
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All events at IRT Theater: 154 Christopher St.
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emma sulkowicz award, pussy grabber plays & activist training (special $15 tix with code 15tix)
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New! Gutless & Grateful
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panels for $5-$15 (sliding scale)
4/11 12:30pm healing through storytelling: with moth exec producer sarah austin jenness + katie cappiello
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a bad night + talkback about consent & prevention
Shows & Special Events
Opening Night: NYC Teens & Teen Talkback
Identifying “'the Predator” in the Era of #MeToo
An immersive experience presented by HERassment and curated by filmmaker Carmen LoBue with celebrated guests including Tony Award-winner and Times Up member, Tonya Pinkins, National SAG-AFTRA Board Member and actress Michelle Hurd, NYT bestselling author and award-winning actress Jennifer Esposito, internationally touring writer, Caroline Rothstein, activist Ruby Anaya of the Generator Collective, and others to be announced.
This event is not available for 10-Pack tickets.
Emma Sulkowicz Award, Pussy Grabber Plays & Activist Training by Ana Maria Archila’s org
A selection of plays inspired by the women who came forward to tell their stories of Trump’s sexual assaults, will be followed by the first-ever #HealMeToo Award presentated to Emma Sulkowicz for their Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) at Columbia University. We’ll finish with kickass activist training from the lead organizer of Flake Elevator shero Ana Maria Archila’s CPD-Action, to teach us all to craft our stories into persuasive tools for change.
Gutless & Grateful–by Amy Oestreicher
A family-friendly journey of hope, resilience and gratitude, this one-woman musical autobiography of early-life sexual abuse and a uniquely challenging medical journey shows the human spirit can prevail over extraordinary odds.
Devil in a Box–by Sarah Jane Johnson, directed by Patrice Miller
Equal parts poetic theater and feminist stand up, about the journey of a young American woman from sexual assault, through the French justice system and into life after trauma. Told with disarming honesty, beaucoup d’humour, and a 24 oz. can of Miller Lite.
by Hope Singsen, directed by Jessi D. Hill
Two things threaten a grad student’s dissertation on Virginia Woolf: her hot new girlfriend and her own dark past. Frank and funny, this queer love story with music created by the founder of the #HealMeToo Fest travels the confusing & creative road back to intimacy after early life sexual violence.
Lost / Found: Variety Show
A full-length program of boundary-pushing movement art, spoken word, songs and monologues that explore rape culture, masculinity, reclaiming one’s body, and getting creative about seeking consent.
Self / Worth: Variety Show
An full-length show of multi-disciplinary dance, puppetry, songs and stories exploring intimate partner violence, undocumented status, sexual harassment, queer resilience, and breaking the cycles of trauma.
A Bad Night
Playwrights Nicole Pandolfo and Amy E. Witting will pair a reading of their documentary play about acquaintance rape and consent, A Bad Night, with an expert talkback on prevention and Justice.
Emma Sulkowicz & Jerin Arifa
Get inspiration and strategies from legendary performance art/activist Emma Sulkowicz (Mattress Performance/Carry That Weight) and formerly undocumented Muslim feminist youth activist Jerin Arifa, who led sexual violence policy change at the third largest U.S. university—while undocumented!
Eric McGriff, Nastia Gorodilova & Amanda Burden
What forms of intervention and prevention may help to #HealMeToo? Learn about consent education, bystander training, Restorative Justice, and more from an expert panel of survivor advocates.
Our Variety Show Artists
The Teen Artists of GoodCapp Arts
These inspiring teens will co-headline an extraordinary Opening Night event, and then reprise excerpts from their widely-toured productions on topics like rape culture, masculinity, and slut-shaming as part of a Festival Variety Show.
The Virgin Stripper by Raquel Almazan
Reflecting the personal #MeToo experience of the playwright, this piece is a revolutionary call to action for women to defend themselves against their abusers in their home, work place and societies at large.
Movement Artist/Storyteller Evelyn Lilian Sanchez Narvaez
Scarcity Freezer–by Glenn Marla
Artist and Art Therapist Glenn Marla will share from their work Scarcity Freezer, a puppet show about Mothers, Imagination, queer resilience, food, and breaking cycles of trauma.
Maria–by Micaela Mamede
A playful and poignant interdisciplinary dance performed by an ensemble of non-U.S. born immigrant women and allies, about a young woman’s journey through the sex industry and intimate partner violence while undocumented in NYC.
The Dues That Must Be Paid–by Yvette Heyliger, directed by John Scutchins
A monologue in which a middle-aged African American actress recounts her story of sexual harassment and assault.
Baggage at the Door–by Dana Aber
When falling in love triggers latent PTSD, she might just be f#ck*d. This song cycle unpacks the process one woman undertook to put her past traumas aside and love again.
New! Moth-inspired Storytelling Workshop & Live Show
Join us for an innovative and supportive storytelling two-week workshop led by expert storytelling facilitators trained at The Moth. Meets for two Sunday mornings, culminating in a Saturday night live show (optional).