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"It's True, It's True, It's True"

Title: "It's True, It's True, It's True": Exploring the Relationship Between Memory, Cultural Violence, and Theatre.
Name(s): Brownrigg, Bethany, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2020-04-23
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In the fall of 2018, I was fortunate enough to witness a production of It’s True, It’s True, It’s True with my devising class during my semester abroad with the FSU Theatre Academy London. The documentary piece uses the original 400-year-old court transcripts as its primary source to depict the trial of Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi as she accuses her tutor, Agostino Tassi, of rape. Throughout the performance, I found myself consistently (and automatically) making connections between this 1612 sexual assault case and the recognizable contemporary sexual assault cases that had been in surrounding discourse at the time, namely the hearing of supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as accused by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The show itself reinforced these connections within the viewer by contrasting a Baroque subject matter against distinctly modern production choices. In this staging of juxtaposition, Breach Theatre’s production It’s True, It’s True It’s True uses an individual sexual assault case to create a microcosm that reflects the larger-scale treatment of women throughout history, from 17th century Italy to 21st century London. In the trial, Artemisia presents her paintings as evidence to the court; similarly, It’s True, It’s True It’s True is presented as yet another entry in the anthology of artistic evidence of chronicled violence against women. In contemporary culture, scrutiny of this systematic violence in relation to art has been embodied most notably in the form of the #MeToo movement. Victims of assault within the entertainment industry have stepped forward and shared their testimonies to varying degrees of consequence for both themselves and their perpetrators. On a personal level, my individual history as a student and artist at Florida State has been affected by sexual assault allegations and Title IX proceedings, both within the School of Theatre and on a university-wide scale. The status of artistic depictions of assault throughout history prompts the question: how much has changed for women in contemporary society? Realizing how rape culture has endured, I was challenged to add to this artistic body of evidence by directing my own staging of this show through an American collegiate female lens to address the presence of assault against women in my own university and explore the relationship between memory and cultural violence through performance.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1587758780_8aa7dadd (IID)
Keywords: Theatre, Art History, Feminism, Documentary
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Use and Reproduction: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0)
Host Institution: FSU

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