Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference

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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