Beginning March 27, the IRT Theater in the West Village will open its doors to the first-ever #HealMeToo Festival. The 19-day event will bring together over 50 leading artists, experts, and activists for a multi-disciplinary exploration of gender violence and its effects.
Program highlights include Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn, an anthology of restorative narratives by leading intersectional feminist playwrights curated by Tony winner and early #TimesUp member Tonya Pinkins; To Kill a Mockingbird's Shona Tucker performing her solo play Growing Wild; and the #TheatreToo Panel, a discussion led by Let Us Work founders Rachel Dart and Stephanie Swirsky about the ways in which theatre artists are taking action against assault and harassment.
The festival, founded by and led by theatermaker and activist Hope Singsen, will run through April 14.
“#MeToo totally changed how I feel when I tell my story,” says Singsen. “It made a huge difference to know people were starting to feel the reality behind the statistics. As survivors, we don’t have to feel so isolated, so on the outside of culture. We are the majority. Together, we have the potential to provoke real change.”
Singsen will perform her solo play Skin, directed by Jessi D. Hill, as part of the event. For more information and to see the lineup, visit SkinthePlay.com.