How have intimate scenes on stage, on television, and in film changed in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp? "Intimacy choreography" is on the rise. The goal is to help actors feel safe and secure during scenes in which their characters are vulnerable.

Those principles are being applied in productions in Rochester. We talk members of a local performance who have gone through the training. In studio:

  • Ralph Meranto, artistic director of the JCC, and director of the JCC’s production of “Oklahoma!”
  • Jace Meyer-Crosby, intimacy director for the JCC’s production of “Oklahoma!”
  • Drew Jensen, actor in the JCC’s production of “Oklahoma!”
  • Jennie Gilardoni, actor in the JCC’s production of “Oklahoma!”

We discuss the documentary, “Roll Red Roll.” The film explores rape culture, toxic masculinity, and online bullying following the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012. Two star members of the local high school football team were found guilty of the crime. Their convictions came after many critics blamed their school for trying to protect the popular team and its members.

This hour, we discuss the forces that lead to teenage sexual assault, victim blaming, and how to help survivors. We also talk about if and how the Steubenville case would have been handled differently in the era of #MeToo. This conversation is a preview of an upcoming screening of the film and a panel discussion at MCC. In studio:

  • Allison O’Malley, CEO of RESOLVE
  • Christine Plumeri, professor of sociology at MCC, and program coordinator for MCC’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program
  • Lauren Berger, training coordinator at RESTORE
  • Jack Brennick, co-founder of RESOLVE’s Stand Up Guys program

WATCH: The rise of intimacy choreography

Apr 22, 2019

Intimate scenes on stage and in films can be vulnerable and scary for actors to perform. But now, there is an emerging profession that ensures safety, efficiency, and effectiveness when it comes to those intimate moments. Intimacy directors and choreographers are on the rise, in part, due to movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, in addition to the downfall of former Hollywood heavyweights like Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and others. On this edition of Need to Know, we learn about the relevance of intimacy choreography and how it’s impacting local productions.

HPV is described by some as “the common cold” of sexually transmitted diseases and yet it can impact people in ways they may not realize or understand. On this edition of Need to Know we examine HPV and discuss how to help prevent it.

Also on the show, the rise of movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp  have helped shift the way theatre productions and films approach intimate scenes. We’ll introduce you to the world of intimacy choreography in Rochester.

And we’ll meet a group of young explorers in our region learning how to use the great outdoors to make important discoveries.

We continue our series of conversations about how workplaces are changing as a result of the #MeToo movement.

Attorney Melanie Wolk says the types of assignments men and women are given could change because of #MeToo. She joins us to talk about the potential impacts. 

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have led to renewed conversations about the #MeToo movement. President Trump recently tweeted his belief that any person who is sexually assaulted will immediately report it to authorities. That led to the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, with women across the country sharing why they chose not to talk to authorities when they were sexually assaulted or raped.

This hour, we hear from local survivors who are sharing their stories. In studio:

  • Ilhan Ali, intersectional feminist, standup comedian, and proud immigrant
  • Rachel Pazda, medical secretary and Navy veteran
  • Meaghan de Chateauvieux, CEO for Willow Domestic Violence Center

We have a conversation about judge Brett Kavanaugh and the Raise the Age campaign. Advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility have wanted 18 to be the age for adult criminal responsibility. Now, some defenders of Kavanaugh say you cannot support raising the age and also want to hold him accountable for what he may have done when he was 17.

Our panel discusses it. In studio:

The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is bringing experts in gender reconciliation to Rochester. Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin will give a presentation at Nazareth College and a retreat at the Clover Center next month. Their work focuses on healing the differences and divisions between men and women. They say addressing gender injustice is more important now than ever.

They join us to share their research and recommendations for creating a culture with gender equality. Our guests:

Chris Granozio is a former scoreboard operator for the Mets who was fired in February. The Mets say he violated company policy and spoke inappropriately when he and a colleague were telling vulgar jokes. Granozio says he was laughing at his colleague’s impersonations in what they thought was a vacant room, but a female employee heard them. Granozio says she recorded the conversation and reported them to the organization’s human resources department. Granozio admits that the jokes were vulgar, but says his termination had to do with discrimination.

Critics of the situation ask if it’s an example of the #MeToo movement taken too far. Others say Granozio  deserved to be fired. We talk to Granozio and an employment attorney about this case and its broader themes. Our guests:

  • Chris Granozio, former scoreboard operator and writer and producer for the Mets
  • Beth Cordello, chair of the employment law practice at Pullano & Farrow

If you’ve seen the film “Animal House,” you probably remember a few iconic scenes: the toga party, the parade, and basically anything featuring John Belushi. The film is turning 40, and director John Landis is in Rochester for a special anniversary screening at the Dryden Theatre.

Landis has been touring the country celebrating the film, and he makes a stop on Connections to discuss the impact it has had and his legendary career in film. In studio: