It's Not That Simple Program
Dates, Times, and Locations
Take Back the Night Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix
Date: April 6th
Time: Between 5p-9p
Location: Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N Central Ave, Phoenix
*note: An excerpt of INTS will be performed at this free event
The Movement Project
Date: April 7th
Times: 7p & 8:30p
Location: 451 E. Juanita Ave, Suite #8, Mesa
Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center, Phoenix
Date: April 14th
Times: 7p & 8:30p
Location: 1026 N 9th St, Phoenix
SMoCA Lounge, Scottsdale
Date: April 21st
Times: 7p & 8:30p
Location: 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale
The Artist's Box, Tempe
Date: April 27th, 28th, & 29th
Times: 7:30p, 7:30p, and 2p
Location: 2010 E University Suite 4, Tempe
Letter from the Ensemble
We have worked diligently and vulnerably to produce this work you are about to witness. The creation of this project is ongoing and we understand that not all stories, perspectives, and experiences could be included.
Everything in the performance space has intention behind it. We encourage you to dig deep and peel back the layers of meaning as the show unfolds. You may hear stories or phrases you don’t agree with or that challenge you. We encourage you to suspend judgment and listen with an open mind.
We hope this show encourages you to have the difficult and uncomfortable conversations.
We hope that you walk away with more questions than answers, and recognize that is okay. All emotions are valid in this space. All stories are valid in this space. All contradictions are valid in this space. We invite you to question us and question yourself – your current preconceptions on rape culture, what you know and don’t know.
We give to you on this day, and all others, our commitment to justice and collective liberation.
We hope that whether it’s in the few minutes before the show starts, in the middle of a scene, right after the show ends, or five years down the road, you will be brave enough to ask those questions you have and join in the conversation and action we hope to take to stop and end rape culture for everyone.
- INTS Ensemble
The Creative Team
Adam Mendez (Understudy April 14th) is a actor/musician based out of Los Angeles and is in his 2nd installation with INTS. Some of his Arizona credits are: Chicano in the Sun: One Man Show (Teatro Bravo), Riggs in Hit Music (Guillermo Reyes, Now & Then Creative Company) and Tomas and the Library Lady (Childsplay).
Allison Bailey (Filmmaker) is a senior at Arizona State University studying Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Film. She is an aspiring producer with a love of video production. She is honored to be a part such an inspiring project and movement.
Angelica Lara (Performer) is a dance performer, creator, and educator. She has been creating and showing work in the greater Phoenix area for over 4 years and is most interested in learning various creative processes as she continues to develop her own. Angelica is fascinated with the art of collaboration between different artistic domains and often experiments with improvisational movement to evoke reflection within herself and from her viewers through her work.
Brandon Trieu (Performer) is a choreographer and performer currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Brandon holds a BFA in Dance from Arizona State University where he has worked under local, national, and international artists. He has had additional training from University of Roehampton located in London, England training intensively in contact improvisation, Limon, and Graham technique. Upon graduation he has since been able to work as a freelance artist in the valley in various capacities; dancing and creating for Phoenix based dance company MAC & Co, co-creating and self producing an evening length interdisciplinary production titled BEDREST, performing in CONDER/DANCE's Breaking Ground 2018, and most recently collaborating with Grey Box Collective's INTS 2018. In the future Brandon plans to continue his studies on the graduate level as well as following personal artistic pursuits with his project to project based collective, TRIEU|DANCE.
Chris Weise (Production Manager) is a director and theatre for youth practiontioner in his third-year as an MFA student Arizona State University. His recent directing work credits include
Six Stories Tall,
Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,
Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,
Disney’s the Little Mermaid Jr., and
Once Upon a Mattress Jr. He currently creates digital stories with young people at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital through the iCreate program. He has collaborated with such organizations as Erasing the Distance, NightBlue Performing Arts Company, Awkward Pause, Kohl Children's Museum, Northbrook Theatre, Kerfuffle, Homestead Playhouse and Childsplay.
Dienae Hunter (Performer) is a recent graduate from Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance and a Bachelor of Art in Earth/Environmental Studies. In addition to performing around the valley, Dienae writes about dance for the Phoenix Dance Observer using their experiences as a queer person of color to construct a lens through which to view dance works and their relation to social identities.
Grey Box Collective (Producing Company) is an interdisciplinary performance group that tackles tough conversations through movement, text, and media. They were founded in 2015 by Molly W. Schenck. GBC is excited to make their Colorado debut this summer at the Boulder Fringe Festival with
Fool Me Once ... Fool Me Twice ... (2017). GBC is made possible in part by the Mitchell Scholarship Grant, the Pave Program and Changemaker Challenge at Arizona State University, and generous donations through the Foundation. Thank you for being here and supporting our work!
Hayley Sklar (Performer) is a queer identified woman from Phoenix. She is a clown, mover, poet and drag queen. Hayley aims to use art as a way to deconstruct narrative and uses performance art; especially queer performance art, as a way to promote radical self-love and vulnerability. Find her next drag show by following Fondra Farce on social media.
Kat Shayla Reid (Performer) is in her final semester as an undergraduate student studying Theatre with an acting concentration at Arizona State. This is her second performance with Grey Box Collective. Her most recent achievements include Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice with GBC, Necrosis with Binary Theatre Company, and a web series called Saudade directed by Joe Jurado. She has been recently drawn to the concept of devised theatrical movement performances and hopes to continue working with these techniques.
Lauren Scott (Understudy April 29th) is a Phoenix-based music educator and dance maker. Throughout her career, she has had the privilege of performing with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Grey Box Collective, Desert Echoes Flute Project, and Breakthrough Indoor Percussion. In her procrastination, Lauren enjoys playing video games, painting, and avoiding the sweet embrace of existential dread.
Lizbett Benge (Performer) is a native of Seattle, Washington, USA and is a certified labor and birth doula, playwright, and performer. She is a third-year doctoral student in the Gender Studies program at Arizona State University where she studies foster care, feminist theory, and performance.
Micky Small (Filmmaker and Media and Sound Operator) is an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Digital Media & Performance at Arizona State University and founder of Femme Powered Productions, specializing in female superhero content. She is working with Grey Box on a documentary celebrating the 10th anniversary of “It’s Not That Simple.”
Molly W. Schenck (Director) is an independent dance-theatre artist and the founding artistic director of Grey Box Collective (GBC). As an independent - and introverted - artist, she takes time to create solo-performances where she can investigate new forms of technologies, tools and expression. When directing for Grey Box Collective, she creates space for dialogue around difficult conversations utilizing a semi-devised approach to dance-theatre for social change. Outside of the arts, she is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and health and wellness educator.
Preston Thompson (Performer) studied Arts Administration at Arizona State University. He is passionate about the application of theatre to break down the stigma of mental illness. Preston was a cast member of INTS 2016. Working with Molly and participating in GBC’s creative process has helped him grow both artistically and personally.
Sarah Tan (Performer) is a graduate student in the Theatre for Youth (MFA) program at ASU. Born and raised in Singapore, Sarah is a deviser, producer, performer, and educator in theatre and dance. She has a deep passion for building inclusive spaces and engaging in relevant and impactful work that bring together performance, education, and social justice.
Sharon McCaman (Sound and Media Designer) is currently attending Arizona State University where she is pursuing her MFA in Dance, Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance. Her research is focused on discovering innovative ways to combine dance and technology. This includes: investigating the manner in which the body interacts with technology, developing technology as a pedagogical tool for dance, and combining dance and technology in creative and artistic practices.
Sierra Theobald (Filmmaker) is a journalism student and filmmaker in my final year at ASU, I am a storyteller by trade and by heart. I hope to continue on in my career telling stories that matter – and INTS has been a very special start.
Thomas J. Underdal (Lighting, Scenic, and Costume Design) is a theatre practitioner, educator, writer, designer, and performer. Previous works include: Social/(anti)Social and It’s Not that Simple (2016) with Greybox Collective, Quartet and Pale Boys Bruise Easy with iris Theatre Collective.
Local and National Resources
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) -
The Sojourner Center -
The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
La Frontera Arizona - Empact Suicide Prevention Center -
A domestic violence https://www.sojournercenter.org/service organization providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence education, safety planning, lay-legal advocacy, case management, a child development center, 24-hour crisis hotline, referral services, community education and healthcare through an on-site clinic.
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence -
Offers comprehensive crisis and community behavioral health services to children, adults, and families.
Crisis Hotline 480-784-1500
Tempe Police Department -
Special Victims Unit
Provids direct services to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence by dismanteling oppression and promoting equity among all people.
Crisis Text Line -
National Suicide Text Hotline
Investigates crimes involving children and adults who have been victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and other sexual-related offenses.
Crisis Response Network -
A free, 24/7 support for those in crisis.
National Eating Disorders Association -
Love is Respect –
24/7 - Hotline 800-631-1314 (local organization).
The Good Men Project -
National dating abuse helpline
Text “loveis” to 22522
The Trevor Project -
Online magazine on the multidimensionality of manhood.
Trans Queer Pueblo -
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24.
1 in 6 -
An autonomous LGBTQ+ migrant community of color working to create cycles of mutual support that cultivate leadership.
Survivors of Incest Anonymous -
Support for men of sexual abuse.
Trans Lifeline -
Southwest Indigenous Women's Coalition -
For adult survivors of childhood abuse.
Center for Sex Offender Management -
What You Need to Know About Sex Offenders
University of Minnesota Press
- The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America by Sarah Deer
a statewide tribal domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) coalition serving the Tribes in Arizona.
Source Material (Facts, Figures, and Data)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) -
National Sexual Assault Resource Center (NSVRC) -
Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.
Every 8 minutes, that victim is a child,
Only 6 out of every 1000 perps end up in prison.
80,000 inmates are assaulted (DOJ, 2013).
60,000 children are assaulted (DOH, 2013).
1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.
Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident.
During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.
Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.
Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.
18,900 Military members are assaulted (DOD, 2015).
1 out of 6 women are the victim of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
1 out of 33 men are the victim of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
The majority of child victims are 12-17.
55% of sexual assault happens at or near the victim’s home.
Huffington Post -
Sexual Assault Statistics (April 2017)
8 out of 10 victims knew the perpetrator of their rape.
Nearly 1 in 4 women may experience rape by an intimate partner.
Each year an estimated 25,000 women will become pregnant following an act of sexual violence.
Only 16% of rapes are reported to the police.
13.3% of college women indicated they had been forced to have sex in a dating situation.
Among developmentally disabled adults, as many as 83% of females and 32% of males are the victims of sexual assault.
An estimated 92,700 men are forcibly raped each year in the US.
US Transgender Survey (2015) -
1 in 7 military service members experience assault at the hands of someone in their chain of command.
21% of trans or non-gender conforming individuals report being assaulted in college.
Trans people of color are 1.8 times more likely to experience sexual violence than the general population.
64% of trans people will experience sexual assault in their lifetime.
A person with a disability is twice as likely to be the victim of sexual assault or rape.
13% of female rape survivors will attempt suicide.
60% of sexual violence in prison is perpetrated by jail or prison staff on inmates.
Rape kits cost $400-$1500.
The Violence Against Women Act says a survivor should never have to pay for their own rape kit, but many states have loopholes.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention -
National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
13 % of people who were out or perceived as trans in K-12 were sexually assaulted in school.
18% were crossdressers.
10% were non-binary.
21% were Trans women.
9% were Trans men.
15% of transgendered people stated they were verbally, physically or sexually harrassed at work.
The Sojourner Center -
Facts About Domestic Violence
The Establishment -
So You've Sexually Harrassed or Abused Someone: What Now?
Anti-Violence Project -
Hate Violence Against Transgender Communities.
The National Center for Victims of Crime -
NBC News -
Since Weinstein, here’s a growing list of men accused of sexual misconduct.
The New York Times -
After Weinstein: 71 Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct and Their Fall From Power.
44 percent of lesbians and 61 percent of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35 percent of heterosexual women.
26 percent of gay men and 37 percent of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual men.
46 percent of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17 percent of heterosexual women and 13 percent of lesbians.
22 percent of bisexual women have been raped by an intimate partner, compared to 9 percent of heterosexual women.
40 percent of gay men and 47 percent of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21 percent of heterosexual men.
Hello Reader -
It’s Not That Simple has been a part of my life for the past decade. In 2008, I worked for a victim’s advocacy office at my alma mater where I was tasked with creating a dance theatre performance about sexual assault. The experience stayed with me, and, in 2011, I was given another opportunity to reenvision and stage the performance while researching the impact it had on the cast and audience. The 2011 version focused on bystander intervention. In 2016, the piece was a part of my MFA thesis performance and took on the tangled mess of rape culture. And here we are today, in the midst of the beginning of a cultural shift hoping to deepen the conversation around the concepts that led us to a place of normalizing sexual violence.
Please know this performance has been an intensely collaborative effort. The majority of the words spoken tonight were generated specifically for this version. All of the movement was created from a large collection of post-it notes covered in words we associate with rape culture. Please know we aimed to honor as many stories in the space as possible and it is nearly impossible to cover all aspects of the massive web of rape culture in an evening-length performance. The stories shared are ones that felt the most urgent amongst the creative team. The performance is still evolving and if history continues to repeat itself, the evolution will continue well beyond this singular event.
I hope this piece gently shakes you. I hope it challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and into the stretch zone of growth where anything that needs to surface in you regarding sexual violence in this country can be safely explored. Please know while the content may feel uncomfortable, the environment is safe. It has been important to me as a director to distinguish those two sensations and acknowledge they are not mutually exclusive. I hope this evening inspires a new or renewed commitment to changing the behaviors going on around us.
Thank you for being here.
Molly W. Schenck
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