Student-written 'HERS' tackles gender conformity, misogyny
N.Y. (May 13, 2019) --
The Albany High Theatre Ensemble
challenges gender conformity and misogyny in its upcoming production of
a student-written played called “HERS: An Explanation of Our
The play’s four-performance run opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday with shows
at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.
The play contains strong language and may not be appropriate for very
With the era of the “Me Too” movement as backdrop, the play explores the
destructive nature of “gender normative conditioning” – rigid, widely
accepted and unchallenged views about gender.
“We explored oppression in relation to gender identify, race, sexual
orientation, ability, nationality and class that many of our sisters and
comrades face,” said teacher Noelle Gentille, who directs the play with
junior Jaiden Hires.
“HERS” was written by students Sivan Adler, Xavier Allen, Zariah
Anderson, Lucinda Arambulo, Kayla Carmello, Brandon Cataldo, Aaliyah
Dallard, Caroline Dollar, Annabelle Duffy, Jacklyn Flynn, Aangelique
Gonzalez, Chanel Grimes, Cleis Hahn, Diamond Hall, Bria Holloman, Jaidyn
Hires, Xji-Anne Hudson, Nancy Lundberg, Ella Mirandilla, Mahkai Moore,
Perrion Ponzo, Lanita Sanders, Wanda Soto, Breona Thomas, Jen Uzhca,
Grace Van Bowen, Naishaly Galan Velez, Samuel Weinstein.
Playwrights worked with local representatives
of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), an international
leadership group that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion.
They also were inspired by local activist
Barbara Smith, who spoke with and empowered students to share their
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High