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Beloiters perform Plan B on campus before heading to Italy

August 1, 2014

If you missed the theatre production of Plan B this spring, now’s your chance to see it. The original cast has reunited on campus, and will perform a pared-down version of the performance Tuesday (Aug. 5) at 7 p.m. in the Kresge Theatre. The show is free and open to the public.

The play, written and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Amy Sarno, is based on interviews she collected from half-a-dozen American expats living in Italy who were embroiled in and escaping from violent relationships.

“It’s a topic you don’t ever think about,” Sarno told the Terrarium this spring. “We don’t often think about what happens to women who are overseas and suffering from domestic abuse, especially with Italy. You think of Italy and people are immediately like ‘oh you’re going to fall in love’ or something. It’s this romantic idea we have.”

In Italy, and in many other countries across the world, the issue of violence against women is becoming more frequently discussed, and the United Nations is talking about prevention programs.

Plan B photo 

According to Sarno’s research, Italy stands out because between 2000-2012 the rate of femicide grew in surprising ways.

“It really has been on the increase, so because of that a lot of feminist organizations in Italy have been working hard to get dialogue going across the country,” she said.

In fact, Sarno and the cast are about to enter that dialogue, as they’re traveling to Italy next week to take part in the CrisisART Festival 2014 in Arezzo. They’re presenting Tuesday’s campus performance in preparation.

“We need to have a big audience that night to give the students a chance to feel what it's like in front of lots of people again,” Sarno said.

What: Plan B encore performance

When: Tuesday, Aug. 5

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Kresge Theatre, Neese Theatre Complex

Tickets: Free