The Meta Theatre Company creates live performance for communities to share experiences, heal and grow. MTC’s mission is to create work around the issues of white privilege, race, class, gender and sexual orientation, and provide audiences a context to create social change in their communities. After the curtain falls, community action begins!
The Meta Theatre Company decorated jeans on April 6th at Healthy U Fitness for their upcoming April 24th Denim Day show at Raritan Valley Community College at 12 pm in the Welpe Theatre. The jeans will become the set of RISE! Cabaret, and MTC is inviting the public to design jeans that will also be incorporated into the set. Jeans will be accepted up until April 19th. The jeans are a message of solidarity that what a woman wears is not an excuse for rape.
Meta Theatre Company & Raritan Valley Community College
Stand in Solidarity on Denim Day
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Raritan Valley Community College and The Meta Theatre Company will host a community-awareness Denim Day, as part of the Internationally recognized Sexual Assault Awareness Month to stop sex crimes. In 1992, an Italian teenage girl was raped by her driving instructor during a driving lesson. The man was convicted, but upon appeal in 1998, the Supreme Court in Rome overturned the conviction. The Judged ruled that because the girl wore tight jeans she must have consented to the sex because she had to help remove the jeans. RVCC and The Meta Theatre Company are asking all who attend Denim Day to wear denim jeans as a stand of solidarity that what some wears is never an excuse for rape.
RVCC has planned the day to incorporate business, organizations, clubs, and students to participate in Denim Day. Resource tables will be available in the lobby to connect to community organizations, and partner against sexual assault. The Meta Theatre Company will perform their cabaret, RISE! from 12 to 1 PM with a post-show discussion with the audience. RISE! Cabaret uses original dramatic and comedic work written by the cast to bring communities together to share experiences, heal and grow. Audiences will meet Gina Sampaio, a survivor of a rape in college, who courageously speaks of her on-going healing. Barbara Cannell, creates the story of a young girl raped by her father and Uncles, and the horrific facts of sex trafficking in the United States. Country Sister Act, Lurlene and Tammy Ynot , and their band, The Sour Mash Boys, serenade Congress, and provide their hilarious response to Congress’ need to control Women’s Reproductive Rights.
The Meta Theatre Company is inviting the community to come to their 2 pm April 6th rehearsal at Healthy U Fitness to decorate jeans that will be included on the set of RISE! Healthy U Fitness is located in The Bishop’s Shopping Plaza, 431 U.S. 22 Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889. For more information, email MTC at email@example.com, or go to www.themetatheatrecompany.org. MTC is also Facebook.
RVCC’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.
The Meta Theatre Company
Denim Day in NJ
Free to students and general public
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Welpe Theatre on RVCC Campus