That’s exactly what UNC students in LAB! Theatre and Kenan Theatre Company’s 2017 production of the “Me Too Monologues” are hoping to achieve.
The show, which started at UNC in 2015, features stories centered around a theme of identity. The monologues are written by UNC students who remain anonymous and performed by actors on stage.
Chrissy Garwood, senior environmental studies major and production director, said the point of the play is all in the title.
“I think that it’s important to give these stories a forum because a lot of the stories we get are stories that one wouldn’t really tell on their own,” Garwood said. “Not only to the author, to share their stories, but we get to see the community reflected on the stage.”
She said she’s excited to see the public’s reaction, and the way the stories can help people with their own lives.
“We have a lot of submissions this year that were about mental health,” Garwood said. “It’s really nice to be able to share some stories that aren’t the nicest stories, but are definitely ones that need to be told.”
There’s also a discussion after each performance, during which the audience can ask questions, called “talkback.”
“It gives the public a forum to put their own input into what we’ve done,” Garwood said.