#MeToo: Time’s Up, Des Moines
Iowa Stage Theatre Company and Des Moines Social Club present “#MeToo: Time’s Up, Des Moines” at Des Moines Social Club’s Kum & Go Theater on February 8.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the event will begin 6:00 pm. The night will feature a reading of “The Hashtag Me, Too,” a one-act play written by Iowa Stage company member Kerry Skram followed by a discussion of the play and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
The play was written in response to the avalanche of victim revelations of sexual misconduct on the part of prominent and powerful men in the arts, politics, business, and media. It focuses on an intense conversation between a married couple concerning workplace encounters, intimidation, and the consequences of speaking out.
Kerry Skram is an accomplished actor and playwright, well-known to local audiences from her roles with Repertory Theatre of Iowa and recognized by Iowa State University’s English Department as an Outstanding Alumna from her stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, which was performed by Repertory Theater of Iowa in 2011.
Our panelists include:
Brenda Anderson, LISW, has over 30 years experience as a clinical social worker and therapist.
Kirsten Anderson is a former communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican caucus who, in 2017, won a $1.75 million settlement against the Iowa Senate for sexual harassment.
Dr. Amy Bix is an Iowa State history professor who focuses on women and the roles of gender in twentieth-century social, cultural, and intellectual history.
Kim Haymes is an Iowa Stage Theatre company member who suffered abuse at the Profiles Theater in Chicago. Kim spoke up about her abuses and was vital in the process that finally closed the doors at the Profiles Theater. An expose was written in a local
publication about the misconduct that was happening at Profiles; Chicago theaters came together and wrote a very comprehensive workplace policy to help avoid more abuses
in the future and started the #NotInOurHouse movement.
The event will culminate with Iowa Stage Theatre Company’s adoption of the Chicago Theatre Standards Code of Conduct Policy inspired by the #NotInOurHouse movement. All Board members, company artists, and production team members will commit themselves to these new, strict guidelines to ensure that Iowa Stage maintains a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment.
“#MeToo: Time’s Up, Des Moines” will be presented free of charge.
Donations will be accepted to support the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements here in Central Iowa.