Written by playwright Barbara Means Fraser, "Can't Thread a Moving Needle" offers a compelling and honest examination of the issue of sexual assault through the use of real words and real stories. The experiences, thoughts, and realizations upon which this play is based allow the audience to gain an overview of the physical and emotional costs of sexual assault.
The play is composed of numerous scenes and monologues that are sad, enlightening, jarring, and funny. Each part highlights various aspects of this complex issue: the role that alcohol plays, the importance of communication between women and men, the impact that rape myths have on college campuses, survivors' stories of trauma and healing, safety tips, and the search for a solution. This play is intended to open a dialogue by providing a forum for discussion on stage that will hopefully continue long after the curtain falls.
Ten SCU students - female and male - worked together with the playwright to collect stories from students, faculty, and staff from the campus community as well as from other colleges and universities. Interviews included people from California, Texas, Indiana, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Arizona, New York, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. The few things on which all agreed: education about the issue of sexual assault is essential, and both women and men need to join together to work toward a solution.