Abingdon Theatre Company and The Muse Project present the world premiere of Kim Davies' drama about a reporter who falls prey to the perfect cover story. Inspired by the 'Rolling Stone: A Rape on Campus' scandal. More…
A young journalist is assigned to write an article about sexual assault on college campuses and must find a unique angle that will sell. During her investigation, she encounters a student with a horrific tale. Determined to bring the events to light, this ambitious reporter refuses to let anything stand in her way—including the truth.
"'Stet' is a carefully crafted, beautifully executed play that deals with campus rape and its aftermath...Bruce Mackenzie is nigh on perfect as Phil, the editor, bringing just the right balance of hard-nosed newsman, understanding employer, and sensitive father-figure. He brings a rare verisimilitude to the stage...The spare production is most effective...The less-than satisfying ending is just what it should be, proving the validity of the victims’ fears." Full Review
"Davies does an incredible job of dramatizing conflicting points of view on rape within the feminist/activist/survivors community as well as more middle-of-the-road perspectives, taking care to highlight how and where these perspectives overlap...The tensions of journalistic integrity coupled with the implicit expectation that Erika craft not just a cover story, but a feminist call-to-action, makes 'Stet' a rare play that’s as dramatically compelling as it is topical." Full Review
"Kuritsky does a wonderful job portraying Erika’s transformation from detached, factual journalist to emotionally involved storyteller...'Stet' presents audiences with a myriad of moral questions throughout its hour-and-forty-minute run time, which flies by due to the snappy script and smooth staging by director Tony Speciale. The supporting cast of characters really shine as well." Full Review
"Davies’s arresting examination of campus rape culture as reported by the media...Director Tony Speciale steers a superb cast into a moral danger zone where factual truth and emotional truth don’t quite square…Even without Jocelyn Kuritsky’s virtuosity in the role, Davies has written the type of female lead of intelligence and startling dimension that our American stages need…A rigorously crafted production in powerful pursuit of a national conversation." Full Review
"'Stet' succeeds in tackling an emotional and controversial issue in a nuanced manner. Kim Davies’ script turns the case into an enthralling story that held my attention from start to finish...Each cast member gives believability to their character’s emotional turns...This production successfully tackles a difficult social issue of grave importance without becoming overly preachy and didactic or creating maudlin characters.” Full Review
“I found the play to be as timely as today’s headlines and thoroughly engrossing...Director Tony Speciale has paced the show tightly and swiftly, and performances are first-rate, with Jocelyn Kuritsky’s dogged intensity fueling the fire...An admirable play on an important topic. It deserves a longer life span than the current limited production at Abingdon Theatre Company." Full Review
"This piece is timely and there needs to be a discussion on the issues this play brings up. The cast does a remarkable job about bringing an authenticity to this piece...Director Tony Speciale brings the same kind of realism he does to his other work...Though I am a fan of Ms. Davies’ work, 'Stet' makes me wish this play showed more of the theatrical interactions that are only talked about. Ms. Davies' work shines in her confrontations and the dance between characters." Full Review
"'Stet' is a engaging 90-minute drama where the end game is clear but the pieces to complete the puzzle are the intrigue...Each character has a distinct and genuine voice. Davies’ does an impeccable job keeping the stakes heightened, even if you know the outcome...'Stet' is one of those plays that benefits from the 'ripped from the headlines' formula but sometimes sticking too closely can be costly. 'Stet' is a must-see story that will fire you up in some capacity." Full Review
"‘STET’ offers a sharp look at the struggles that come with reporting a critical story while maintaining the integrity of both the journalist and the source…The play is written in a highly conversational flow, allowing for the thoughts and motives behind each character to shine through truthfully." Full Review
"While many issues related to campus rape are expressed in ‘Stet,’... the play offers little new or illuminating about the topic; it’s really about journalistic ethics, and might have been more powerful if that aspect, including its aftermath, were more explicitly dramatized and discussed...The tone and pacing are, for the most part, quietly naturalistic; this, though, creates a draggy, talky, sleepy atmosphere until Jack Fellows makes his entrance." Full Review
"An absorbing if somewhat unfocused drama...At its best and most sophisticated when it examines the attraction that extreme and graphic reports of sexual assault hold, as opposed to blurrier, more commonplace narratives...The play is less adept in clarifying its own story...The ways that it entwines facts and fiction aren’t always productive...Some of the performances are keen and nuanced...others are more caricatured." Full Review
"Writing about real tragedy has its dangers...The savvy playwright Kim Davies comes to 'Stet' fully aware of the pitfalls ahead. She points to them, skirts them, but her caution has its costs...'Stet' is an Ibsenite problem-drama, and Davies's world seems correspondingly, even appropriately, thin...'Stet' may simply be a case of too many cooks turning the recipe mild...Here what remains of the original truth is interesting, but it hasn't yet been turned into a good enough lie." Full Review
"An earnest, well-acted but relatively inert drama...The dialogue is informative but it is periodically didactic. Revelatory details about each character’s personal conflicts and past behavior that bears upon the plot come across at times as mechanical...Tony Speciale has expertly staged the scenes with precision as well as proficiently integrated the design elements…Though fitfully interesting chiefly due to the performances, 'STET' plods straightforwardly rather than crackles." Full Review
"While there are enough ethical dilemmas in 'Stet' to chew on for several lifetimes, there is nothing innately theatrical about the play that requires it live on a stage...We may pride ourselves on our depth of empathy as individuals who would choose to attend a play that deals with the difficult subject of rape. But for at least a moment, there's not much that differentiates us from the eavesdropping rubberneckers who will soon be reading Erika's tell-all for their fleeting entertainment." Full Review
“'Stet' is a slippery piece of work, so narrowly conceived that much of the time one hardly knows what to think--or, for that matter, where the play is headed...In any case, Speciale's production has a lot going for it, beginning with Kuritsky...In the end, ‘Stet’ suffers from comparisons to its source material...The situation it presents is too sketchy, too inconclusive to be satisfying. I keep thinking that what happens to Erika next is more interesting than what Davies has chosen to show us.” Full Review
"It's Kuritsky's fiery tenacity and the pulse-stopping intensity with which she pairs it that fuels the evening...The problem with ‘Stet’ isn't what it contains - it's what it lacks...The result is a lifeless tribute to a person who already has all our sympathy and thus has nothing to teach us or any additional way to get us to emotionally engage...In ‘Stet’, there are no people other than Erika: just objects to be pushed around to make all-too-familiar points.” Full Review
"The play is a misstep... 'Stet,' though offering intelligent dialogue and a good number of sharp observations, feels flat from the start, and remains so for its entire 90 minutes...In its desire to make all its characters sympathetic, 'Stet' instead makes them impotent, resulting in a script that suffers from a profound lack of dramatic energy. And with tension virtually nonexistent all sorts of other impurities make their way to the surface." Full Review
See it if you like intense, touching drama, investigation into controversial issues, subjects which reflect issues in your past. Women's issues
Don't see it if you don't like intense drama,topics which might delve into unpleasant experiences from your college life.
See it if You want to learn more about the issues of campus rape and journalistic ethics. You like seeing the perspectives from well acted characters
Don't see it if The subject material doesn't interest you.
See it if you like a play that brings awareness to campus rape while raising ethical questions about journalists.Jocelyn Kuritsky is outstanding!
Don't see it if you are not ready for a complex, emotional,and ambiguous play.
See it if You want to look behind the headlines of campus rape stories and think about how the stories get reported, why, and even how rape is defined
Don't see it if You are looking for an evening of light entertainment and laughs. The emotions here are strong on all sides and often disquieting.
See it if you were fascinated/disgusted/shocked by the Rolling Stone's infamous retraction of a story on college rape culture -this brilliantly probes
Don't see it if you want something fun and light and cheery
See it if you'd like a nuanced view of rape. No victim-blaming or easy answers.
Don't see it if watching people break down telling stories of rape will bother you. The actors made it feel real.
See it if I was off my chair, trying to understand as to what was going on, was so intriguing, powerful, & emotional.
Don't see it if if you don't like dramatic scenario, was an amazing show.
See it if You want a play about issues that presents various shadings of opinions w/out being preachy.You want a play about the ethics of storytelling
Don't see it if You don't want to see a show about an uncomfortable subject. You want a comedy.
See it if You want to see a well-written play with good actors, are interested in current issues; are the parent of a child that will go to college
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with discussions of rape; moments of absolute silence in the theater bother you
See it if you are interested in examining women issues and you like plays which addreess them head on, or you are interested in journalism.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with talk about rape and not interested in college life.
See it if you want to start a conversation about an important topic of today's society and enjoy shows that explore things we don't always hear about.
Don't see it if Rape is a trigger for you. You would feel uncomfortable the entire show.
See it if You are interested in the topic of on campus rape and the process of journalism/ you want to see intense moments/ great raw scenic design
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable when talking about rape and the details involved with that/ you want to see a faster paced show
See it if you're interested in true stories or media criticism, or you appreciate shedding light on issues of sexual assault.
Don't see it if you're looking for a fantastical tale. This is a very real story about a not-so-pleasant--but important--issue.
See it if relevant important topic. Starts as documentary but gets a lot more personal. Good enough showing of different perspectives. Could go deeper
Don't see it if uneven acting. Maybe a little too polished for a very rough edged subject.
See it if You can handle a show about rape. It is a very intense show that presents points of views and can leave you uneasy.
Don't see it if If you like light hearted shows with lots of comedy and things with a happy ending.
See it if seeing all sides of the story and all types of opinions is exhilirating and stimulating, even about a subject like campus rape
Don't see it if you are squeamish about the subject matter (campus rape) or discussing it
See it if Topics such as campus rape are important to you. Very relevant but a bit unfocused in the storytelling.
Don't see it if You would rather see a performance that is lighter and does not deal with a topic such as campus rape.
See it if Well acted w/ slick production values, but the important message about what constitutes rape rendered unnecc ambiguous by incoherent script.
Don't see it if subject matter bothers you or you're bored by slow action w/ lots of exposition. Reporter wasn't v. good at her job; works against message.
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