#SpeakUp: The Pictures

(Photos by Isaiah Tanenbaum: Theatrical Photography. Pictured: Holly Chou. Post by August Schulenburg.)

What an amazing night. On September 2, 2015, nearly 100 people crowded into Judson Memorial Church’s Assembly Hall to participate in #SpeakUp: The Street Harassment Plays. Led by Friend of Flux Shaun Fauntleroy, the evening featured seven powerful monologues about street harassment and violence, as well as opportunities for facilitated small-group discussion. We passed out Cards Against Harassment created especially for the event by Shaun and Isaiah Tanenbaum, and we’re already planning next steps, including a potential remount of the monologues in a different city.

You can read more thoughts on the process and performance here and here, and we’ll continue to share interviews with #SpeakUp participants here. Now we turn this post over to the nimble lens of photographer Isaiah Tanenbaum.

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The audience was a great mix of longtime Flux community members, as well as some brand new people attracted by the artists involved and the subject matter itself.

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Flux Creative Partners Heather Cohn and Sol Crespo kicked our evening off with plenty of joy (which is a Flux Core Value, after all.)

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Shaun Fauntleroy, the catalyst and creator of #SpeakUp, shared the game plan for the night, and acknowledged the voices not represented in the room.

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Hey Girl, by Pia Wilson, directed by Heather Cohn, performed by Bianca LaVerne Jones.

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Just the Way It Is, by Nicole Pandolfo directed by DeLisa White, performed by Beth Ann Hopkins.

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God Bless You Mama: A Woman’s Guide to the World, by Sol Crespo directed by Emily Hartford, performed by Holly Chou.

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Lies, by Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy directed by Emily Hartford, performed by Anna Rahn.

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Rogue Agent, by Lauren Ferebee directed by Heather Cohn, performed by Hanna Cheek.

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The Interruptor, by Nandita Shenoy directed by Sol Crespo, performed by Vanessa Kai.

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What I Would Do to You, by Maria Alexandria Beech, directed by Sol Crespo, performed by Nicole Betancourt.

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We then broke into facilitated small groups to discuss the plays. What moments resonated with us? What surprised us?

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Friend of Flux Mike Mihm sharing his thoughts in the small group discussions.

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The actors participated in the discussions as well.

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Above all, we listened when people spoke up.

This is only the beginning of #SpeakUp. Stay tuned for more updates soon!

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