Campus Event Commentary – Back the Night, Jake Matthews

The showing of Back the Night was a unique experience for me, as I have rarely been exposed to media that left me with such uncertainty regarding such a sensitive subject. The play told an interesting story that played off of several stereotypes and common themes that are brought up when discussing sexual assault on campus, and it subverted these expectations in ways that shocked me and left me conflicted as to how I felt about the characters. The characters felt fleshed out and had multiple layers to their personalities and motivations throughout the play, and the students acting out these roles did a fantastic job of portraying the emotional turmoil and internal strife that fuels the characters. The play left a lasting impression in my mind that still leaves me questioning how society should handle issues of sexual assault and how people use the publicity of the topic to achieve different things.

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