Lu­naSea Theatre’s Slut stag­ing

Lu­naSea Theatre takes on Katie Capiello’s play, Slut.

The Coast - - FRONT PAGE - BY LARA LEWIS

Slut Au­gust 24-26 Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 Univer­sity Ave Free

What is a “slut?” That’s a ques­tion that’s been on the minds of over a dozen Hal­i­fax women who are bring­ing Katie Capiello’s play, Slut to the stage, pre­sented by Lu­naSea Theatre Com­pany. It fol­lows 16-year-old Joey del Marco’s de­po­si­tion in her sex­ual as­sault case. Lo­cal filmmaker and ac­tor Koumbie is one of those women, cast as Jane and Sylvie.

“‘Slut’ didn’t mean any­thing to me at first—it was an­other one of those words that some­times is used to put down women, some­times used in a play­ful way,” Koumbie says. “But now it’s start­ing to en­cap­su­late the fem­i­nist move­ment and how com­pli­cated that is, be­cause it is com­pli­cated.”

Kya Mosey plays the epony­mous “slut,” Joey del Marco. “It doesn’t have a set mean­ing,” Mosey says of the word. “Peo­ple use it as an in­sult be­cause it has the free­dom of en­cap­su­lat­ing so many things be­cause the term it­self is so broad...I don’t think peo­ple use it to­wards them­selves un­less it’s a joke.”

Slut is play­ing at the Sir James Dunn Theatre at Dal­housie Univer­sity Au­gust 24-26, be­fore em­bark­ing on a pro­vin­cial tour. It pre­miered in New York in 2013, and had its Cana­dian premiere last sum­mer as part of Fes­ti­val Antigo­nish.

“We’re look­ing at a lot of places to bring it,” says Ryanne Chisholm, who also di­rected last sum­mer’s ver­sion. “Since our funding is from the gov­ern­ment of Nova Sco­tia, Nova Sco­tia is our first pri­or­ity.”

The best part? The ini­tial run in Hal­i­fax is en­tirely free.

“We’re hop­ing with the free shows in Au­gust peo­ple will de­mand to have it at their school or com­mu­nity cen­tre,” says Koumbie.

Each show will be fol­lowed by a talk back in which Chisholm will fa­cil­i­tate a dis­cus­sion with the cast. Along with reg­u­lar the­atri­cal re­hearsals, the cast has also been train­ing in how to fa­cil­i­tate con­ver­sa­tions around lan­guage and rape cul­ture.

Chisholm says that stu­dents she’s spo­ken to say chil­dren as young as Grade Six should be see­ing the show. While she doubts it would reach an au­di­ence that young, she does in­sist that the most im­por­tant thing is that peo­ple just see it.

As Chisholm sees it, “we don’t pre­tend to have all the an­swers. We’re a jump­ing off point for larger dis­cus­sions.”

JULIE GUY, IN-POINT ME­DIA

The cast of Slut.

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