The Bloodless Jungle at the Ensemble Theatre

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center in partnership with the Ensemble Theatre, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences cordially invite you to a discussion and production of Peter Lawson Jones’ play “Bloodless Jungle”.

Where: Ensemble Theatre 2843 Washington Blvd, (Formerly Coventry School), Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 1:45 pm ‐ 4:30 pm (Play) ‐ 4:30 pm‐5:15 pm (Discussion)

The audience will listen, learn, and evaluate the “Bloodless Jungle” as a theatrical drama shining light on issues of rape, oppression, social justice and reform. The suspense filled drama will be followed by a discussion about consent, Title 1X, sexual violence prevention, and services for survivors.

Discussion Facilitators:

  • Keesha McMillian, Director of Education, Outreach, and Community Partnership, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center;
  • G. Regina Nixon, Instructor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School Applied Social Sciences (CWRU);
  • Peter Lawson Jones, Writer and Attorney;
  • Maureen Sheridan Kenny, Director, Human Trafficking Law Clinic, CWRU Law School;
  • Lynn Bilal, Prevention Coordinator, Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

For more information, see Henrietta Jones in Suite 140 (Mandel School Field Education Department).

Ticket cost: $12.50 (Cash only, exact change please)

Limited Seating; Deadline for registration and tickets is Friday, September 23, 2016

Professional Development Credit: 3.5 hours

Play Synopsis: State Senator Ethan St. John is a rising star in the political world who is being courted by the President and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to challenge a long‐term incumbent for a critical seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ethan agrees to undertake the run but must vest control of the campaign in the hands of H. Henderson Hill, a nationally renowned “win‐at‐any‐cost” political consultant. Ethan is ahead in the polls when, J.J. Stiles, his best friend from high school, who had previously served time for sexual assault, is arrested upon suspicion of having committed another rape. Ethan soon faces mounting pressure from both the media and Hill, with whom Ethan continually engages in philosophical battles about campaign strategy, to distance himself from J.J., but Ethan is convinced that his friend is innocent. Complicating matters is a long‐held secret that Sydney, Ethan’s wife, reveals to him. He is faced with a daunting choice: does he abandon J.J. and focus on winning the election, or does he jeopardize the campaign by supporting his friend. The play ultimately centers around the decision Ethan makes and its consequences. “The Bloodless Jungle” is a two‐act drama with a diverse cast: six men and two women; five African‐American, two European‐American and one Latino actors.