The Bill Cosby Assault, a play
The Bill Cosby Assault, a play
America's dad or serial rapist? Or both? The stories of the Bill Cosby accusers and the society so skeptical of them.
America's dad or serial rapist? Or both? The stories of the Bill Cosby accusers and the society so skeptical of them. Read more
Since 2005, twenty women have come forward to accuse comic legend Bill Cosby of drugging, raping, sexually assaulting or otherwise molesting them, with the alleged attacks dating back to 1965, when Cosby was co-starring in the hit TV show I Spy.
Cosby has never been charged with a crime. He has recently refused to address the allegations directly on multiple occasions. One of his lawyers recently called the accusations "ridiculous," telling the media to stop publishing "unsubstantiated fantastical stories." On November 11th, Cosby smiled when I asked him if he had anything to say about the allegations.
Reacting to the negative publicity, NBC pulled the plug on Cosby's long-awaited sitcom, Netflix indefinitely postponed the release of his comedy special, TV Land stopped airing reruns of The Cosby Show, and multiple personal appearances were cancelled.
But just as Cosby's career seemed doomed, he walked onto a stage for his first public appearance in the United States since the latest allegations came to light, and he received not one but two standing ovations as he pumped his clenched fist defiantly into the air. And people -- men and women -- want to know: Why did it take them so long to come forward? Where are the rape kits? Where is the evidence? Why should I believe them?
The Bill Cosby Assault will tell the the stories of Bill Cosby's accusers and their skeptics in their own words and will explore the divide that exists in America when a woman accuses any man -- let alone "America's dad" -- of rape or sexual assault.
The Bill Cosby Assault will debut in Bill Cosby's hometown of Philadelphia in September 2015 for the 19th annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival. It will mark the 10th anniversary of the first public allegations against Bill Cosby.
The Bill Cosby Assault will tell the stories of the accusers and the skeptics through monologues, readings, dramatizations, movement and multimedia.
The Bill Cosby Assault is currently in development. The Board of Advisors for the project includes: Amy Smith (co-founder of Headlong Dance Theatre, formed in 1993 in Philadelphia); Jennifer Kidwell (actor, playwright); and James Ijames (actor, director, playwright).
The money raised here will fund the completion of the play by a writing team and director, a workshop with the actors, and some of the production costs of the 2015 Fringe Festival debut.
Risks and challenges
Writing and producing a new play is no easy task, but by partnering with some of the best theater talent in the region, we are confident that The Bill Cosby Assault will be a success. It is an important story to bring to the stage, and so that is what we are going to do.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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