Visiting performance troupe to address discrimination

Members of interACT, a California State University performance troupe, will present “Say What You Really Want To Say!” on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room at Linfield College.

The performance is an authentic and powerful presentation about students coming to terms with homosexuality and homophobia. The scripted portion of the show is verbatim from student journal entries and the proactive scenes encourage audience members to intervene when hate speech is used, stereotypes are perpetuated and bullying occurs. The production is a response to the various political debates and discrimination issues regarding homosexuality that are currently appearing in the news. These issues include the California vote on Proposition 8, which resulted in a ban of gay marriage across the state.

Students from California State University, Long Beach, along with executive director Marc Rich, professor of communication and performance studies, created the interACT Performance Troupe in 2000. Since then, the organization has gained institutional support and become a regular class on the university’s campus. It consists of 15 to 20 undergraduate students from a variety of majors, two graduate assistants, lead trainers and a managing director. The group’s sexual assault prevention program is nationally recognized and has been proven effective in multiple published studies. Each year, interACT reaches thousands of audience members with powerful performances.

Rich is a nationally recognized leader in proactive performance. He has served on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Theatre of the Oppressed, facilitated proactive performances throughout the United States and trained organization members in drama therapy and psychodrama. He has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

The performance is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, Multicultural Programs, Fusion and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brenda DeVore Marshall, Linfield professor of theatre and communication arts, at or 503-883-2290.