A one-woman clown approaches the current sexual assault crisis on college campuses through the eyes of survivors, bystanders and perpetrators.
Should you see it?
When Post Traumatic Super Delightful began, I thought I was in for a serious movement piece.
Shortly after, a clown farted – and I knew this wasn’t going to be at all what I expected.
PTSD does an amazing thing; it manages to be very funny, while dealing with its heavy topic in a challenging, thought-provoking way. This is a show best viewed by leaving your prejudices at home.
It shows you the many sides of a sexual assault case on a campus. Through interviews, we meet a Title IX coordinator protecting students from gender based violence, a young man accused of rape and a professor who doesn’t want to believe that her star student would be capable of such an act. These are intercut with bits of clowning that are both hilarious and poignant.
PTSD is thoughtfully written and charismatically performed by Antonia Lassar, who has a talent for accents and mannerisms. Every character is a real, whole human being. This production shows us that our assumptions about sexual assault perpetrators, bystanders and survivors are often wrong. The way interviews are combined makes for a well-structured narrative and Angela Dumlao’s excellent direction keeps PTSD from becoming static.
This production deals with a lot of the problems currently happening on college campuses. Sexual assault is a complex, confusing issue, and people are often unclear about what exactly constitutes rape. The worst part? Not much is being done to clear up this confusion.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who spent the entire subway ride home discussing PTSD with my friend. I look forward to hearing about its upcoming fall tour of colleges, universities and crisis centers across the USA, because PTSD’s message is one that deserves to be shared, and one that needs to be heard.
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