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“I Killed the Cow” is accessible #metoo for Boulder Fringe
BOULDER, CO — New York-based theatre collective The Herd will present its one-woman show I Killed the Cow as part of the 2018 Boulder Fringe Festival. After an extended run in New York City at the United Solo Festival in October 2017, I Killed the Cow will perform August 17–25 at the Pine Street Church Secret Chapel (1237 Pine St.) in Boulder as the second leg on its national tour.
I Killed the Cow tells the story of one woman reflecting on the moments that shaped her most: awkward first sexual encounters, rehearsing mortifying phone calls, and tuning in to doctrinal lectures on veganism. She realizes, however, that the consequences of one particular moment—her assault—have been long-repressed. Through conversations with the audience and Mother Cheetah, she resolves to no longer shy away from what has happened. She must face this moment head-on.
Co-created and performed by Broadway World award-winning actress Larissa Marten, I Killed the Cow asks: When it feels like the lawless world of sexuality is devouring you alive, how do you make your body your own?
I Killed the Cow has been in development since July of 2015 and was born out of Marten’s reflections on her own life experiences. The play promotes a more accessible dialogue around female sexuality and sexual assault.
“I’ve always found theatre to be an incredible tool for encouraging empathy and conversation,” says director and co-creator Leia Squillace,“Working on I Killed the Cow has allowed me to apply that tool to an issue that is of great importance for me personally as well as globally at the present moment.”
Squillace has collaborated with the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center to create a joint workshop for audiences to delve further into the play’s themes and learn about sexual misconduct prevention and response.
I Killed the Cow will be performed as part of the Boulder Fringe Festival on 8/17 at 4:45 p.m. (2-for-1 tickets), 8/18 at 9:15 p.m., 8/23 at 7:15 p.m., 8/24 at 8:45 p.m., and 8/25 at 7:15 p.m.. All performances are at The Secret Chapel at the Pine Street Church at 1237 Pine Street in downtown Boulder. Suitable for audiences 13+. Tickets start at $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at boulderfringe.com or at the door. For more information about Boulder Fringe, visit boulderfringe.com.
For more information about I Killed the Cow beyond the Boulder Fringe Festival, visit ikilledthecow.com.
About The Herd (Pictures and more information available upon request.)
Larissa Marten wrote and developed I Killed the Cow, and she is also the performer. Film/TV: On the Line (Jonathon Horowitz); All or Nothin' (Charles Campbell); Love Happens (Dinosaur Hawk); Rise (NBC); Instinct (CBS). NY/Regional Theatre: Kill Hamlet (Signature Theatre); Henry VI Parts 1, 2, 3 (Queens Shakespeare); As You Like It & Richard II (Michigan Shakespeare Festival - BroadwayWorld Best Actor); Boeing-Boeing (Majestic Theatre). Her writing has been produced at the Kennedy Center, the United Solo Festival, the Hudson Guild Theatre, and the Beckwith Theatre Company. larissamarten.com
Leia Squillace directed and developed I Killed the Cow. She is passionate about developing new works that highlight themes of sexual identity and gender, and leveraging applied theatre for health education. As an artist and educator, she has recently worked at Roundabout Theatre Company, American Players Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and the University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. Other development credits include: Good Kids (Naomi Iizuka), The Train (Detroit Boxfest), and the 2016 Kennedy Center National Undergraduate Playwriting Award winner, Fair (Karly Thomas). www.leiasquillace.com