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.
– Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.