Pittsfield High School’s Proteus Theatre Presents “I Dream Before I Take The Stand”

Good theater does more than entertain. It can also ignite discussion and even social change. Pittsfield High School‘s Proteus Theatre tackles one of the most widely discussed social issues of this century, the sexual harassment of women.

I Dream Before I Take The Stand by Arlene Hutton is a cautionary thriller. A senior directing project by PHS student Noah Lewis Bailey, the drama takes us to a dark room where a man, possibly a defense lawyer, cross-examines a woman following a sexual assault – and in so doing, horribly distorts her innocent walk in the park.

“This is not a Liberal, Conservative, Young, Poor, or even Hollywood Elite problem.” states the young director. “Sexual assault happens everywhere, in our schools, in our workplaces, and in every one of our communities.”

The tense one-act play stars two experienced PHS actors: senior Makailey Cookis (Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream previously at PHS) and junior Aiden Chalfonte (Count Dracula in Dracula) in a suspenseful game of cat and mouse. Freshman Samantha Blau is assisting Mr. Bailey on the show. Senior Anthony Simon is stage managing and designing the lights.

Bailey continues “We are high school students, ranging in age of fifteen to seventeen. We want to listen, to communicate, and discuss things that are important to all of us. We offer this show as a start of a conversation. We are not hear to tell people how to think or feel. This show is an experience, and a question. As to what the answer is, we do not yet know.”
I Dream Before I Take The Stand runs for two performances only, April 12 and 13 at 7:00pm in the PHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults and are available online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3378330
“For too long, survivors of sexual assault and harassment have been in the shadows. We have been afraid to speak up, to say ‘Me Too’ and seek accountability. For many, the consequences of doing so have been devastating.”
– Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

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