A cast of 25 young women, including students from the State College Area School District as well as Penn State, performed original monologues Tuesday night as part of the ongoing Cultural Conversations festival.
Sarah Swistak, co-host of local news program Central PA Live, delivered the opening lines to Tuesday night’s performance of “Body Language: ReAct, ReGroup, ReCover, ReDefine.”
“What if all it takes is a moment? What if all it takes is taking a stand? What if this is your moment,” she said.
The festival, which was arranged by Penn State assistant professor of theatre Susan Russell, circles around real stories from students about recovery and redefinition after sexual assault.
The show Tuesday night also featured a talkback, in which members of the audience were invited into dialogue with the student performers about what can be done to create change.
The Body Language cast will take the stage for a second performance 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Penn State Downtown Theatre Centre.
Colin Mueller (freshman-information, sciences and technology) is a member of Cultural Conversations this year as part of “It Gets Better,” which premiers Thursday night at Eisenhower Auditorium.
“I thought it was full of stories that aren’t told as often as they should be,” Mueller said.