Staged Reading of Emblems, Original Screenplay by UB Alumna, Set for Oct. 12
September 29, 2017
Contact: Office of Government and Public Affairs
Emblems, an original screenplay by University of Baltimore alumna Rachel Jackson, B.A. '17, will receive a staged reading as part of UB's live performance series, Spotlight UB, on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. It will take place in the Wright Theater in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The reading is free and open to the public. An R.S.V.P. is requested (details listed below).
Directed by UB faculty member Kimberley Lynne, Emblems explores the topics of rape, healing, and justice in a universe where the victim and perpetrator are marked, bearing matching emblems of the crime. The performance will be followed by a reception hosted by the University of Baltimore's Office of Government and Public Affairs, which will facilitate discussion and promote resources for survivors of sexual assault.
Jackson says she hopes that Emblems, her first production, will not only evoke emotion but will also inspire audiences to rally for change in the way rape is legally prosecuted and socially regarded. She points to efforts by the U.S. Department of Education to change Title IX policies as a reason why students should be thinking about the impact of sexual violence on their lives.
The Oct. 12 staging also coincides with National Hispanic Heritage month, and features a Latina protagonist, Esperanza, who wrestles with confronting her assailant in court while trying to overcome the doubt and shame being placed on her by the media covering her case.
Lynne teaches playwriting, performance, and arts at the University of Baltimore. As a member of Baltimore's theatre community, she has written more than 40 produced plays as well as acted, directed, and produced. Lynne is also UB's theatre and arts manager and has operated Spotlight UB for nearly a decade. With her belief in community and campus engagement, and as an alumna of UB's M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts, she has cast an ensemble of talented UB student actors in this production.
To R.S.V.P. for the Oct. 12 staged reading of Emblems, go here.
Complete details about the Spotlight UB 2017 season are available here.