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Vanessa Cate - Stage Raw

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Writer/director Olivia Fischer has conceived a gentle approach to the subject of rape. Inspired by her own personal experience, Fischer led her actors in a process of improvisation to fully flesh out the script, making the piece at least partially devised. The acting and directing style are incredibly naturalistic, which serves nicely amid such a delicate stage atmosphere... Depictions and descriptions are never graphic, but a trigger warning is still issued for the obviously upsetting and collectively prescient subject matter.

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Vanessa Cate (they/them) is the Managing & Assigning Editor for Stage Raw and the former Editor-in-Chief for @thisstage.la. Vanessa is a performance artist, writer, and jack of all trades, and can be found on stage, in strange audiences, and in interesting situations. Apart from their work with Stage Raw since its inception, Vanessa is the Founder and Artistic Director of the feminist performance-coven known as TheatreWitch, as well as the fantasy dance group Cabaret le Fey. Vanessa co-produces True Crime in Los Angeles, and works with Butcher Bird Studios. Vanessa performs, writes, directs, and generally creates however and whenever they can.