CC Players talk women’s issues

CC Players talk about women’s issues in their original performance of “HERS.”

Melvonia Taylor

CC Players talk about women’s issues in their original performance of “HERS.”

Melvonia Taylor, Staff writer

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Columbia College Players performed their original script, “HERS,” March 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m. in Cottingham Theatre Griffin Arena.

“HERS” is a compilation of collaborative and solo performances orchestrated to convey what women are made of.

“We’re just a group of 10 random girls who’ve had a lot of traumatic things happen to us, and you can just imagine what other girls have gone through,” Ashley Bonnette, first-year studio art and psychology major, said.

In Bonnette’s solo performance, “My Blood is Red,” she exhibited courage and strength through her personal struggle with self-harm since the age of 10.

She also talked about her interracial relationship with an abusive African-American male. Her father didn’t disapprove of this relationship because the boyfriend was abusive; instead, it was because he was African-American.

When she attempted to break-up with him, he got physical and sexually assaulted her.

Bonnette stated that she cut for every time she felt pain. “A cut for when I drank bleach in a desperate attempt to rinse his remains from my esophagus,” Bonnette said.

Lastly, she stated that 2015 won’t be the year she remembers as starting college, but the year she lost her grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her story can be used as motivation for others, as she is almost two years clean from self-harm, thanks to friends who’ve helped her along the way.

Harley Carrigan, junior social work major, performed “Small Big Talk” as her solo piece. It was a personal reflection of a woman who’s lost all hope in the world and in her mother because all Carrigan’s ever been noticed for was her weight. The title comes from the hardships she’s faced in her life being blamed on her weight, even her having seizures.

“All I ever wanted was to be accepted by my teachers, friends, boys and my mom. But I knew there was no sense in even trying because it would always be about my weight,” Carrigan said.

This piece moralizes on the idea of self-image. Women must realize that they are not fat simply because they have fat. Being confident in your own skin is important because when the world attempts to break you down, you must exhibit strength and courage.

“HERS” was sponsored by the Gender & Women’s studies and directed by Jade C. Huell, Ph.D., communications professor. CC Players was granted a formal invitation to perform at Petit Jean Performance Festival in Morrilton, Arkansas, which is why they suggested a $5 donation. The money raised will be used to defray their travel costs to Arkansas.

CC Players is a revived student organization that is now a performance troupe, according to Mary-Grace Holt, sophomore studio art and psychology major. It’s a diverse group of students on campus without a theatre background, wishing to tell their stories so others can learn from them.

If you’d like to join CC Players, meetings are every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Cottingham Theatre Griffin Arena. You may also contact Jade C. Huell, Ph.D. at [email protected].

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