Claudia Duran

Claudia Duran

Claudia has been involved with CASA 0101 Theater since 2007. She has directed over a dozen shows with Chicanas Cholas y Chisme, a Latina Womyn’s Theater Festival on a mission to empower and give voice to Latinas from all walks of life. Duran wrote, directed, and produced the feature Sofia for Now, which screened at national and international film festivals. She has received both the Up And Coming Filmmaker award and Best Director award at BHLIFE for her comedy The Last White Dishwasher.

Consent is Sexy: How Drunk Girl Confronts Rape Culture Onstage at Casa 0101

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by CLAUDIA DURAN

[dropcap]What[/dropcap] do sex, drugs, and alcohol have in common? If you answered Rock ‘n’ Roll or rock stars, let’s bring you into the 21st century.

In a country whose legal system includes different categories for “types” of rape, the Consent is Sexy campaign has begun to spread throughout college campuses across the United States. Now, some might find such blatant conversations of rape with young minds to be offensive or difficult, but to young men and women afflicted by rape (given 80% of rape victims are under the age of 30) it’s such a relief that we can finally discuss it in a supportive, open forum.

Over a decade ago, when I was in college, such educational campaigns were non-existent at most. We had the “Just Say No” to drugs workshops and the “Safe Sex” freshman seminar — in which an actual character named Condom Man would stress the importance of wearing a “raincoat” to avoid STDs. Later, as an RA responsible for an entire floor of impressionable minds, we implemented the “Alcohol Education” webinar — a course with which, initially, only DUI offenders were acquainted — as part of college campus requirements.

In 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed California SB 967, which defines consent as an “affirmative conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.” It also states that if a person has drugs or alcohol in his or her system or is asleep, they cannot give consent. In other words, YES MEANS YES. Contrary to mocking remarks by Delta Kappa Epsilon, (“No Means Yes and Yes Means Anal,”) the state of California took a very clear stance on rape, rape culture, and educating youth on the meaning of consent.

Recently, 35 women publicly accused comedian Bill Cosby of rape, and New York Magazine published a “herstorical” article spotlighting their individual experiences. In response, many universities have begun to shun the comedian, and just recently, Brown University stripped America’s Dad of his honorary degree.

Claudia Duran
Claudia Duran, Producer/Director of Drunk Girl

And today in 2015, Josefina López, (Founding Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater and author of Real Women Have Curves), is bringing this awareness and education to the Latino community of Los Angeles through her new play, Drunk Girl. Drunk Girl is a series of sketches, monologues, and short plays that delve into the difficulties that men and women face due to rape culture. Through compassion, humor, and understanding, López sheds light on this serious issue.

The collection consists of 83 roles, 16 short plays, and 9 actors. Each of the cast and crew involved with the production went through an in-depth casting process to demonstrate their connection to such stories. During auditions, one cast member (Alex Alpharaoh) said to us, “As a father to a teenager, I want to make sure I’m aware of the issues my daughter will face in her life.” The entire cast is committed to bringing awareness through their art, and their talent is made evident in wildly entertaining pieces such as, “Yes, Let’s Have Sex” — an original musical number conceived by López which I directed and worked with the ensemble to create music and lyrics for.

In Drunk Girl, López candidly explores the very serious topic of physical abuse, and she has said that, through this production, she’d like to give a voice to those who are afraid to speak their inner truths. As a producer and as the director, my goal is to heighten our audience’s awareness about physical abuse in both a dramatic and entertaining way — including societal attitudes, objectification, manifested psychological damage, and the recovery process for victims.

The cast enthusiastically plays musical instruments and dances self-defense moves across the stage, chanting, “Yes, let’s have sex!” in order to stress the importance of affirmative consent. As an audience member, you are guaranteed to be awed, entertained, and motivated.


NOW PLAYING: DRUNK GIRL at Casa 0101 Theater, through October 18.

drunk girl iconDrunk Girl features a series of plays exploring the struggles of women to have power over their bodies, their lives, and their destinies. In light of the allegations swirling around Bill Cosby, these monologues, vignettes, and short plays respond to the challenges and threats still facing women today.