The June Lune is TONIGHT!!!

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-Come One, Come All-

Tonight is the June Lune! It will be a wonderful night of dance. Hosted in the Beckerman Dance Studio in the Daniel Arts Center, the June Lune will feature solos by Heather C. Meehan, and co-founders Lia Russell-Self & Wes Elliot. Come support the young arts community of the Berkshires. And plus, it’s FREE.

we make a great team

We may have had some technical difficulties in printing our programs, but they look fabulous now!

Alex & Lindsey [May Lune 2015]

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The May Lune 2015 is online!

The scene Alex & Lindsey was written and directed by Co-Founder Lia Russell-Self. It starred Co-Founder Wes Elliot as Alex and Tessa Anderson as Lindsey. The scene deals with mature issues of peer pressure in youth culture and how that can quickly lead to much more intense themes: rape.

When Lindsey "encourages" Alex to blow a banana

Left to Right: Tessa Anderson as Lindsey, Wes Elliot as Alex

Artist’s Note: The original script had both Alex & Lindsey as thirteen-year-old girls. In my own upcoming, sex was a robust topic of discussion among my peers, all hormones but rarely facts. The goal was always to please your partner, often the female pleasing the male in a heterosexual coupling. When we decided to work on this scene, I was nervous about how people would react to such a scene. I thought that maybe my middle school experience was abnormal because what is the most talked about in general media was the opposite, the “cute” parts of preteenage years, such as first crushes and new breasts. This scene was not that. It was two fourteen-year-olds talking about how to give a blowjob without any of the smatterings of music to mask it and a no-holds-barred attitude to it all. Lindsey is not one to accept failure, but the way in which that manifests with Alex is a force that is often overlooked with women and girls. We sometimes fail to realize the perpetrators of our society’s expectations, including pressure to have sex and pleasing the masculine figures.

The only difference from the original script is the change of Alex’s gender, and that change adds a new layer while leaving the original message blatant and clear. Having a newly-out-queer, young boy trying to figure out his life among the pressures of what society wants him to be, it makes the scene completely different while remaining the same. We are still discussing the perpetrators of the norms of society, but setting it through the eyes of a newly-out-gay boy shows how we see same-sex relationships and who is supposed to do what based on appearance and demeanor.

In writing and directing this scene, I hoped to bring light to the problematic conversations that are often glossed over, and we all hope that you are inclined to look at this in your own surroundings.

Thank you,

Lia Russell-Self