by Estelle Rosen
Olivia Blocker is a third-year McGill student graduating in May 2013 with a degree in English Literature (major) and Russian Culture (minor). She has worked in seven different theatrical productions this year holding an array of different positions. Her recent credits include: costume designer for Waiting for Godot (Players), Timon of Athens and Based on a True Story (Tuesday Night Cafe); a witch in Macbeth (Players); set builder and sound board operator for The Revenger’s Tragedy (Moyse Hall); and sound designer for Inherit the Wind (Players). She makes her directorial debut with Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden.
Every year there are more and more stories of survivors of sexual assault being blamed and silenced. Just this year in the highly publicized Stubenville rape trial, a young girl was shamed and sent death threats because she dared to speak out about her experiences. This play remains relatable as the female protagonist takes justice into her own hands and reclaims her voice: "It’s been years since I murmured even a word… but I’m not dead, I thought I was but I’m not and I can speak, damn it" (Paulina Salas).