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U Have the Right sounds the alarm on teen rape


Ages ago, 2002 to be exact, I had the opportunity to review U Have the Right, a remarkable recording from HSRA (High School for the Recording Arts), Another LevelRecords and Forward Recordings. Financed in the main by Cornerstone (, the Minnesota Lynx and Verizon Wireless, it hit me square between the eyes with something for which I was not the least bit ready. Rape, prevalent as it is among adults, had indeed made an impression, prompting me to write commentaries. For some reason, though, teen rape hadn’t crossed my mind until this disc landed on my desk. I guess, walking down the street, I just looked at adolescents, saw boys bristling with brash energy, fully convinced they run the world, kept going and, by the time I hit the corner, had my mind on something else. Continue Reading →

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Seven: Play captures the struggles of women around the globe



By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


“One of the most intriguing things about this play is that it is truly documentary theater,” says actor Anna Wakefield of her participation in the Chain Reaction Theatre Project production Seven. “All of the text is taken verbatim from interviews with the women on whom the play is based. I am proud and honored that I will be able to help Chain Reaction Theatre Project introduce them to audiences around the Twin Cities metro area. “[My] character, Mukhtar Mai, is a woman from rural Pakistan who was gang-raped by men from neighboring tribe of a higher caste. Unexpectedly, Mai reported the crime and with her settlement money, she opened several schools in rural Pakistan.”

To be sure, the Twin Cities, with its renown for awareness of women’s issues, is an excellent climate in which to share such a script. Continue Reading →

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