YPC opens 'Good Kids' April 12
Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can't remember. Something everybody is talking about.
"Good Kids" is the final performance for the 2018-19 Young Professionals Company season at Oregon Children's Theatre. The Young Professionals produce three shows at OCT's YP Studio, as well as other public performances throughout the season.
The show opens April 12 and continues through April 28, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is also a 6 p.m. performance April 25. All performances are at the Young Professionals Studio Theater, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland. Tickets are $12 in advance at octc,org or $15 at the door.
Commissioned in 2014 as part of the Big Ten Theatre Consortium's New Play Initiative, "Good Kids" asks tough questions about sexual assault and rape culture. Set at a Midwestern high school in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, it explores culpability, accountability and assumptions in the public aftermath of a sexual assault. The script is typically performed at the collegiate level, but was chosen by the Young Professionals Company specificially for the challenge it presented.
"They felt they were up for the acting challenge and strongly believed the subject matter was important to explore and address from a teen voice," said Dani Baldwin, Artistic Director of the Young Professionals Company. "Approaching the subject of gang date rape and the effects of social media is relevant in their world — unfortunately."
To build an emotionally and physically safe, supportive environment, intimacy coach Alwynn Accuardi was brought in to help choreograph the challenging scenes and build trust between the cast members. Accuardi will build specific physicality and empower the cast with language to keep rehearsals safe.
Director Tamara Carroll applauds the Young Professionals Company for taking on the mature content.
"They have chosen this show to better understand their role in challenging and dismantling rape culture," she said. "To be better allies to survivors, and to use their considerable skills and energy to educate and invite others to take up this mantle."
The production is timely, as the topic of rape culture has come to the forefront in many communities. Carroll also serves as program director for the Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Program, and has seen these tough topics arise in their work in local schools.
"We may finally be at a critical moment, a tipping point, where a new generation of youth commit themselves to understanding and dismantling rape culture and replacing it with a culture of consent," she said.
The cast features Armita Azizi as Amber, Django Boletus as Tanner, Josh Bransford as Landon, Kate Daley as Brianna, Morgan Demetre as Skyler, Allyson Giard as Chloe, Makenna Markman as Madison, Allison Park as Dierdre, Emmett Ruthermich as Ty, Kaiya Shivers as Kylie, Jasper Warhus as Conner and Zyla Zody as Daphne.
The play is recommended for ages 14 and over.