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Written by Amanda Kohr
Directed by Kieran Medina
Produced by JB² & The RDS Team
Starring Nate Bailey, Elizabeth Bayne, Joy Darash, Kelley Mack, Maria Timonina, MIchael Turner, & Garrett Wagner
by Amanda Kohr
directed by Kieran Medina
Featuring Nate Bailey, Elizabeth Bayne, Joy Darash, Kelley Mack, Maria Timonina, Michael Turner, & Garrett Wagner
20-year-old college student Jesse attempts to enjoy a post-finals beach week with her friends, but soon realizes the trip is more of a haunting memory than it is a vacation. Inspired by the Stanford rape case, The Lighthouse reveals the tumultuous aftermath of one of the most horrifyingly frequent university tragedies. This surrealist play is about the thing that happens all the time but that no one wants to talk about. This is for you.
AMANDA AND LIGHTHOUSE
Amanda Kohr is a Los-Angeles based playwright hailing from Northern Virginia. Her plays have been workshopped and performed with the Two Cents Theatre Company, the U Witch Theatre Company, the Stratford Players Theatre Company, Barefoot Theatre Company, and several others. She is a two-time semi finalist of the NPP award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her play “The Lighthouse” was most recently workshopped at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Inspired by adventure, Amanda works as the editor for Wanderlust.
IMPETUS FOR LIGHTHOUSE:
There were a number of factors that contributed to the creation of this play. I grew up accepting sexual assault—the act was so prevalent that it swam below the radar under the perception as normalcy. By 16 I had been manipulated into unwanted sexual situations, assaulted, and cat-called. This was average—part of being a girl. I didn’t realize anything was wrong until a dialogue was started in college, and my friends and I shared so many similar stories. Some of us had been drugged, called names. He did this, he said that. All of us arriving at the same conclusion: Why had we been so silent? Sexual assault was happening everywhere, and no one (including myself) was doing anything about it.
After I graduated, I read the book Missoula by Tom Krakauer. The book is a meticulously written narrative investigating the staggering number of sexual assaults at the University of Montana, and touching on several others. The end result illustrates a fact many of us don’t know, or ignore: Rape and sexual assault are happening all over the nation, and the victims are blamed while they perpetrators glorified for their sports and grades. Privilege, even unearned, can justify rape. This system is so real and integrated into society, that it can seem impossible for women to generate the courage to do anything. When we do did fight back, we are ostracized. How are we supposed to make progress if we are squashed for trying? After rape and sexual assault, women attempting to seek justice have to jump through layers upon layers of hoops: biased officers, inconsistent friendships, a disgusting judicial system, inner criticism, and our own trauma seeping into our personal and professional lives.
A year after I read Missoula, the Brock Turner case flooded the news. The heartfelt and beautifully written letter from an anonymous “Emily Doe,” and victim of the case, went viral. I was furious with Brock Turner (as well as his father, the judge, and so many more), and deeply impressed with this woman’s bravery, that it forced me out of my silence. Rape culture is real, and many of us contribute to it. The only way to not contribute to rape culture is to actively speak against it. My hope is that The Lighthouse, with it’s namesake inspired by that beautiful letter by Emily Doe, serves as a voice for this crucial, national dialogue.
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Extremely sick beach house gif: “Beach House” by Saravanan Ranganathan.