Both plays are 45 minutes in length and are performed for an audience of no more than 40 students. FYI provides resources to the adult contact to continue conversations and answer questions generated by the plays. Learn more about the plays and characters…
Project US follows four friends as they discover and question how they learn and talk about sex. This play uses games and audience interaction to cultivate inquiry and dialogue about sexuality and relationships. National Sexual Health Education Standards addressed: Identity & Healthy Relationships.
A 16-year old lesbian raised Catholic, Cady finds conflict between the religious views she was brought up in and her personal views about sexuality.
Matt struggles to talk about sex with his girlfriend and turns to the audience for advice. A Chicago high school student, Matt is bombarded by outside messages about sex and must sift through the confusion to start his first successful conversation with Audre.
A survivor of shame and fear-based sexuality education in her high school, Audre can’t shake terrifying images of STIs from her brain when she thinks about sex. She works to start an honest and accessible conversation that won’t give her nightmares later on.
Alyssa Vera Ramos
Elijah has more sex than many of his peers, but still can’t talk about it. Midway through his story, he recognizes the importance of open dialogue and explores how to have better conversations in his own relationship.
Can I Hit It? follows four friends as they discuss how sexual violence impacts their lives and school community. This movement and game-based play leads audiences to define sexual violence and better understand what they can do to prevent it. National Sexual Health Education Standard addressed: Healthy Relationships & Personal Safety.
Maya’s story centers on her coming to terms with the idea that sexual violence has played a part in her life and relationship. By asking the audience for help confronting her boyfriend, Maya shifts from quiet discomfort in to being empowered to take action.
Alyssa Vera Ramos
An aspiring young screenwriter, Danny struggles to write a non-clichéd love scene in his new romantic comedy. He works with the audience to understand the disconnect between movie romance and real life, especially as it relates to his own queerness.
As Keri tries to understand how to best support sexual violence survivors around her (like Maya), she begins to understand the role it plays in her personal life.
Shawn tries to be a good boyfriend, but has trouble seeing the ways in which his girlfriend’s possessive behavior is unhealthy — for both of them. Technology, especially cell phones, has a huge impact on his relationship.
“[Performance-based education] has brought students to the point where many are feeling more comfortable and safe in speaking out about sex."
“[My students] LOVED them! They are thoroughly engaged, and they absolutely remember the plays throughout our multi-week sessions together."
"[Using theatre] is helpful because you might need to talk about this before you have sex.”
"This performance made me more comfortable about asking and talking about sex "
"Never a boring moment."
"The best thing about the workshop was finding a way to have students put into practice skills - that is not only fun but realistic."
"I learned how to amplify youth voice in different ways."
“It gives you practice and confidence.”
“Seeing them act it out makes me feel comfortable.”
“It made conversations easier.”
“It acts out real problems.”
“You can see what other characters are facing and compare it to your own life. Like see whether they ask their parents or their friends [about sex].”