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"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)
Macbeth (5.5)
Henry V (4.3)
Coriolanus (1.4)

Presented by:
Fractured Shakespeare
Lady Brain
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress
More Than "No"

Directed by Kari Lee Cartwright
Screenplay by Thaddeus Shafer
Adapted from the stage piece compiled and performed by Charissa J Adams

Starring
Connor Kelly-Eiding, Charissa J. Adams, Elitia Daniels, Sujana Chand
with
Karen Pittman

Featuring
Abigail Marks, Bitsy la Bourbon, Carly D. Weckstein, Jessica Goldapple, Jess M Garcia, Kari Lee Cartwright, Sabrina Bernasconi
and
Adam Slemon, Andy Forrest, Bruce A. Lemon Jr., Grace Lee, Lisa Grady, Michael James Adams, Richard Abraham, Thaddeus Shafer

Produced by
Kari Lee Cartwright
Thaddeus Shafer
Charissa J. Adams

Editor: Thaddeus Shafer
Colorist: Sean McDaniel
Composer: Jonathan Thomas Miller
Sound Editor: Michael Kaplan, Zwick Post
Publicity: Casey Gates

Los Angeles Unit
First Assistant Director: Steph Warpaint
Director of Photography: Sean McDaniel
Sound: Carlito Hendy
Gaffer: Thaddeus Shafer
Stills Photography: Casey Gates

New York Unit
Director of Photography: Alejandro Cortés
First Assistant Camera: Paula Cury
Boom Operator: Brandon Green
Gaffer: Nicolas Lopez
Production Manager: Charis Shafer

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
For help and other resources visit RAINN www.rainn.org.

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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.

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Was it Rape Then? explores theme of consent
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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.”

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“Was It Rape, Then?” looks beyond strict conceptions of sexual abuse.
huffingtonpost.com|By Madeleine Crum

Thank you for the insightful write up, Stage Raw!

In a Short Film, L.A. Women Leaders Use Shakespeare's Words to Examine Rape Culture.
stageraw.com

ONE DAY until the online release of "Was it Rape Then?"

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Connor Kelly-Eiding

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.

Presented by
More Than "No"
Lady Brain
Fractured Shakespeare
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress

#wasitrapethen

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Michael James Adams

Just caught the final cut of Fractured Shakespeare's #wasitrapethen: dizzying, heavy, inspiring. I can't wait for you all to see it in TWO DAYS!

TWO DAYS.

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Sujana Chand

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"
Lady Brain
Fractured Shakespeare
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress

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Our Shakespeare advisor and actress, Abigail Marks, reminds us there are only THREE DAYS left until we release WAS IT RAPE THEN.

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Abigail Marks

Just 3 days left until we launch #WasItRapeThen. Stay tuned.

@MoreThanNo
@LadyBrain
@LosAngelesTheatreMakersUnitedforProgress ...
@FracturedShakespeare

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We are honored to have such a talented cast come on board for this important project

#WasItRapeThen will be released online in FOUR days.

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Jess M Garcia

Hey, guys! There are 4 days left in our countdown to the release of a short film I'm so lucky to be a part of! "Was it Rape Then?" is a moving piece about Cons...ent and Sexual Assault Awareness, . Stay tuned for the online release and please consider sharing. It's 2017 and in the US alone, 1 in 5 women will be a victim of rape in their lifetime.

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"
Lady Brain
Fractured Shakespeare
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress

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Fractured Shakespeare shared Tad Shafer's post — with Kari Lee Cartwright and Tad Shafer.

From the set of WAS IT RAPE THEN?

Our DP, Director, Writing Team, Producers, and one of the lead actresses, working together to get one of the last shots of the day.

SIX DAYS to release.

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Tad Shafer with Sean McDaniel and 2 others.

I've been making stuff with each of these three pals for about as long as I've been making stuff. Long term collaboration comes with some major perks. I love ge...tting to fly by the seat of our collective pants, finding serendipity as we go, and trusting we can catch what the other's throwing.

This was a special one. 'WAS IT RAPE THEN' will be released in SIX DAYS.

In the meantime make sure to follow our presenting partners:
More Than "No"
Lady Brain
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress
Fractured Shakespeare

photo by Casey Gates

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The countdown to releasing our first production has begun. 7 Days Left.

"Was it Rape Then?"
The spirit and words of Shakespeare take on new meaning in this narrative short, as the bard's words are recontextualized by women finding strength in their fight against harassment and sexual assault.

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Kari Lee Cartwright

Hey, Friendlies~ I am humbled and honored to be kicking off a 7 day countdown to the release of a very special piece I directed called "Was it Rape Then?" WOW... -- that title... that subject. Don't fret, my Fellows. Let's continue the conversation, and not look away from something that affects us all... k?

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"
Lady Brain
Fractured Shakespeare
Los Angeles Theatre Makers United for Progress

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