YES! (With enthusiasm!)

June 11th, 2013 by Cathy Plourde

Professor Ann Taket and I gave 7 presentations together: Melbourne City Center (Deakin’s meeting rooms), Geelong, Warrnambool, Deakin’s Burwood Campus, Bendigo, Benalla and Traralgon. Ann’s presented at one other place and is scheduling a few other gatherings. Over 250 people in Victoria!

I asked Ann what was surprising to her in our process of these presentations, and she said that the level as well as volume of enthusiasm. So what is making “You the Man” so appealing?

1. the design. The play sits at the center of a process of not just educating but engaging a community. It’s goal is to put the local resources front and center, and, to make their job easier.

2. the message. Men are key bystanders and key agents of change in preventing interpersonal violence. The play is packed with info that has been vetted by advocates and educators.

3. the method. Theatre is an affect experience. It goes to the heart, makes the issues real, and brings by it’s nature both need and urgency.

Who is enthusiastic?  All sorts of programs that are currently in the process of engaging men’s efforts in stopping violence against women: City Councils, Women’s Health, Salvation Army, Angelicare, Diversity and Inclusion, and more.

How do you say “Yo” in Australian?

May 29th, 2013 by Cathy Plourde

In November 2012, I met Ann Taket, a professor and researcher from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.  She was taken by the early findings being presented at the American Public Health Assn’s conference in San Francisco on the longer term effects of “You the Man”.  Subsequently–and with what seems like lightening speed, Ann found funding to explore what it would take to have an Australian version of the program and the centerpiece performance.

It’s in the beginning stages, but I’m working with her to present the idea to various constituents in the state of Victoria, meet with creative teams that might help get the play translated, and folks who could inform what ever adaptations or opportunities can be found for implementation… that, with the promise of seeing kangaroos, well, how could I say no?