Love Trumps Survival of the Fittest

Did you know that in The Descent of Man, Darwin mentions the word "love" 95 times and "survival of the fittest" only twice? I discovered this while doing research for my play #Love95times for The Farm Theater Company's College Collaboration Project.

Since October, the play has been developed in beautiful productions by SUNY Brockport, UWF and Centre College and a few nice things have happened: 

  • It's been nominated for a Kennedy Center's ACTF David Mark Cohen Award 
  • It is a Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference semi-finalist
  • And on June 5th, you can join us in NYC! 

The play explores a sexual assault and asks what the role of the bystander is.

Audiences stayed past midnight for a post-show discussion with The Farm Theater's Artistic Director Padriac Lillis and me.

Audiences stayed past midnight for a post-show discussion with The Farm Theater's Artistic Director Padriac Lillis and me.

After every performance, this is what we heard again and again:

  • "This should be required viewing."  - male audience member
  • "I am having conversations with friends about sexual assault in a way I never have before."  - male student 
  • "I feel empowered."  - female student
  • "Every year during orientation, it's like they're saying, 'Don't date-rape'. It's so patronizing; you just tune them out. I'd rather see this play because now I see how I could actually prevent a situation like this from happening." - male student
  • "I couldn't stop watching." - female audience member

The play is about community and how we can work together.

Photo Courtesy: Centre College

Photo Courtesy: Centre College

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