posted March 31, 2000

Presentation on Masculinity

The original solo performance piece "Crimes Against Nature," a humorous, compelling and personal examination of masculinity, will be presented on Thursday,  April 13, at 8 p.m. in the Knickerbocker Theatre.

          The campus community is invited.  Admission is
  free.
          The program is being presented as part of the
  college's Sexual Assault Awareness Week activities, and is
  sponsored by the college's Counseling Center and Office of
  Special Programs.
          "Crimes Against Nature" was written and is
  performed by Christopher Kilmartin, an associate professor
  of psychology at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg,
  Va.  The product of a year-long collaboration between
  Kilmartin and Gregg Stull, who is an assistant professor of
  theatre at the college, "Crimes Against Nature" explores the
  pressures, absurdities and contradictions of masculinity.
          The piece promotes an awareness of the demands of
  masculinity and also provides a sense that one can choose
  whether or not to acquiesce to those demands.  Using
  humorous stories from his past, Kilmartin pokes fun at the
  experience of his adolescence and young manhood, and recalls
  how he was taught the idea of masculinity.  He covers topics
  including sports, puberty, communication, homophobia,
  girlfriends and sex education, and his accounts include the
  Halloween day that his mother dressed him as a girl and sent
  him to kindergarten, the day that he discovered pornographic
  magazines in his neighbor's garage and the day that he tried
  out for the junior high baseball team.
          A Ph.D. counseling psychologist, Kilmartin is the
  author of "The Masculine Self," which examines the
  psychology of men.  He has also been a professional stand-up
  comedian since 1985.
          Stull is chair of the Department of Theatre and
  Dance at Mary Washington College.  His recent directing
  credits include "Six Characters in Search of an Author,"
  "Cloud 9" and "Inspecting Carol."  He consults with arts
  organizations throughout the country on program planning and
  resource development.
          The scene design for "Crimes Against Nature" is by
  Julie Hodge, with lighting design by David Hunt.  The
  costumes are designed by Martha Smith, and sound by Taylor
  Dupuis.