"Was it Rape Then?"
with text borrowed from...
*Double Falsehood (2.1)
The Taming of the Shrew (4.3)...
Much Ado About Nothing (4.1)
The Tempest (4.1)
Henry V (4.3)
Abigail Marks, Bitsy la Bourbon, Carly D. Weckstein, Jessica Goldapple, Jess M Garcia, Kari Lee Cartwright, Sabrina Bernasconi
Adam Slemon, Andy Forrest, Bruce A. Lemon Jr., Grace Lee, Lisa Grady, Michael James Adams, Richard Abraham, Thaddeus Shafer
Kari Lee Cartwright
Charissa J. Adams
Los Angeles Unit
First Assistant Director: Steph Warpaint
Director of Photography: Sean McDaniel
Sound: Carlito Hendy
Gaffer: Thaddeus Shafer
Stills Photography: Casey Gates
Special thanks to...
Buz Danger Wallick, Carolyn Templin, Charlie Zwick, Dana and Vivian Huff, Devin Kawaoka, Gabriel Long, Joe Sabia, Jonny Taylor, Marc de la Cruz, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Michael James Adams, Michael Lucid, Noelle Bruno, Sam Pancake, School of Visual Arts, The Illyrian Players Theatre Co., and Will Hrdr
*Double Falsehood is a text whose authorship is disputed. To find out more, you can read... https://www.theguardian.com/…/shakespeare-lost-play-double-…
The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.4673
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Our collaborator and publicity guru, Casey Gates, was interviewed by The Creative Outsiders. Check it out!
The creator of the original piece which inspired "Was it Rape Then?" speaks about her experience with CONSENT and why she is so passionate about the subject.
Here I got a chance to talk with Maylin Tu on her new podcast about my experience with consent, growing up in the Christian culture. Undoubtedly, some of you will relate and some of you will strongly disagree. With all the feelings this subject is bound to bring up, please remember, I speak from my experience and how it shaped me.
P.S. Thanks to Michael James Adams for being a feminist and supporting me in this journey of growth. Oh, and for introducing me to Maylin!
We were so honored to have such a talented cast in our first short film. Now it is up on IMDb!
Check out our cast and crew!
The 5th part of the text from "Was it Rape Then?" comes from Macbeth.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;...
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. (Macbeth 5.5)
Probably the most famous lines included in our film, we used this text to draw on the repetitive, never ending nature of the abuse(large and small) that women face. Beautifully acted by Connor Kelly-Eiding, Jessica Goldapple, Sujana Chand, Sabrina Bernasconi, Abigail Marks, Bitsy la Bourbon, Carly D. Weckstein, and Jess M Garcia.
Part 4 of the text from "Was it Rape Then?" came from The Tempest Act 4, Scene 1.
"A devil, a born devil, on whose nature
Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains,
Humanely taken, all, all lost, quite lost;"
In the original text, Prospero is speaking of Caliban, whom he has made his slave. In our short film, we gave most of the text to our "Fury" character, played by Karen Pittman.
The third part of the text from "Was it Rape Then?" comes from Much Ado About Nothing Act 4, Scene 1.
"O, what men dare do! What men may do! What men daily do, not knowing what they do!"
Thinking that Hero has slept with someone else and is no longer a virgin, Claudio speaks out at their wedding, just before he refuses her hand in marriage....
This also seemed like the perfect opportunity to use this specific language to confront rape culture.
Part 2 of the text from #WasItRapeThen comes from
Taming of the Shrew Act 4, Scene 3
"Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak,
And speak I will. I am no child, no babe;...
Your betters have endur’d me say my mind,
And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.
My tongue will tell the anger of my heart,
Or else my heart concealing it will break,
And rather than it shall, I will be free,
Even to the uttermost, as I please, in words."
Interestingly enough, this is the only text in the piece that was originally spoken by a female character. More than the other texts in the piece, our use also follows most closely the context and intention of the original monologue; Katherina, a woman confronting her abuser.
You can watch how we used it in "Was It Rape Then?" here:
This week we will be looking into the text which was used to make, "Was it Rape Then?"
The first section comes from Double Falsehood: Act 2, Scene 1.
"Hold, let me be severe to myself but not unjust. Was it a rape then? No. Her shrieks, her exclamations then had drove me from her. True, she did not consent; as true, she did resist; but still in silence all."...
If you are very familiar with Shakespeare's works, you will recognize that Double Falsehood's authorship is debated. Here is a link to an article on the subject: https://www.theguardian.com/…/shakespeare-lost-play-double-…
What do you think of this text? Have you ever read or seen Double Falsehood before?
Here is the text used in "Was it Rape Then?"
Excited to share stilss from our short film, Was it Rape Then?
Shout out to our director, Kari Lee Cartwright, and Director of Photography, Sean McDaniel for making it so beautiful.
Thank you, Shakespeare Magazine, for taking a closer look at the text used in "Was it Rape Then?"
Uh.... Completely freaking out over here!
Thank you, Shakespeare Magazine, for your interest in "Was it Rape Then?" and the origins of all the Shakespearean te...xt.
Kari Lee Cartwright Tad Shafer Casey Gates
Thank you HuffPost Arts & Culture for bringing light to this important piece.
Thank you HuffPost for this lovely article about our short, 'Was it Rape Then." Thanks for getting it.
“We are so locked into our strict definitions in this cu...lture, so much so that it can be very difficult to be expressive with words without painting yourself into a corner. ‘Rape’ is one of those words, and we wanted to find a way to let rape, and the question of rape, permeate without boundaries and without needing to divide our protagonists legalistically,” Shafer said. “They are all a part of one fight.”
Cartwright echoed that idea, and elaborated on it. She hopes that project will make viewers feel “connected, empowered, emboldened and energized.” She also hopes the film will generate empathy for assault survivors, and to look beyond the “harsh line between rape/not rape.”
ONE DAY until the online release of "Was it Rape Then?"
One more day until the launch of Was It Rape Then? a new short film that brilliantly uses Shakespeare's text to explore and continue the much-needed conversatio...n about sexual assault and consent. I'm super excited to be a part of this piece and I very much hope you will check it out when it launches tomorrow, June 7th!
Featuring the talents of Karen Laureen Pittman, Sujana Chand, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Elitia Daniels, and Charissa J Adams.
With Richard Abraham, Lisa Grady, Andy Forrest, Grace Lee, Bruce A. Lemon Jr., Carly D. Weckstein, Michael James Adams, Jess M Garcia, Adam Slemon, Bitsy la Bourbon, Tad Shafer, Abigail Marks, Sabrina Bernasconi, and Jessica Goldapple.
Made by Charissa J Adams, Tad Shafer, Kari Lee Cartwright, Abigail Marks, Sean McDaniel, Alejandro Cortés, Carlito Hendy, Steph Warpaint, Paula Cury, Nicolas Lopez, Charis Shafer, Brandon Green, Charlie Zwick and Michael Kaplan at Zwick Post, and Jonathan Thomas Miller.
With special thanks to Jonny Taylor and Will Hrdr.
2 Days until we launch "Was it Rape Then?"
This is a thoughtful and artistic piece that dares to look an often challenging and difficult topic in the eyes and h...opes to start the often challenging and difficult conversations that surround it.
Be curious....check back....please share.
Featuring the talents of Ms. Karen Laureen Pittman, Sujana Chand, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Elitia Daniels, and Charissa J Adams. With Richard Abraham, Lisa Grady, Andy Forrest, Grace Lee, Bruce A. Lemon Jr., Carly D. Weckstein, Michael James Adams, Jess M Garcia, Adam Slemon, Bitsy la Bourbon, Tad Shafer, Abigail Marks, Sabrina Bernasconi, and Jessica Goldapple.
Made w love and respect by Charissa J Adams, Tad Shafer, Kari Lee Cartwright, Abigail Marks, Sean McDaniel, Alejandro Cortés, Carlito Hendy, Steph Warpaint, Paula Cury, Nicolas Lopez, Charis Shafer, Brandon Green, Charlie Zwick and Michael Kaplan at Zwick Post, and Jonathan Thomas Miller.
With special THANKS to Jonny Taylor and Will Hrdr.
Presented w fervor by
More Than "No"
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress