Up: One Man's Journey to Feminism - An Autobiographical Play in Support of Gender Equality

Up: One Man's Journey to Feminism - An Autobiographical Play in Support of Gender Equality

What does it take for a man to become a feminist--and why does it matter?  In seven diverse and poignant vignettes from his own life, Peter Pruyn (“prine”), a trauma therapist who works with female survivors, takes us on his journey, including the experiences of attending an all-boys primary school, being the only man in a Women’s Studies class, flying as a pilot in Alaska, interviewing at the trauma unit of a psych hospital, and working in a methadone clinic—culminating in a personal reflection on male privilege as a fundamental barrier to social change.  Along the way, Peter accompanies himself with improvised piano.  Each performance is followed by a period of audience reflections.  

Learn more about the play.

Two Free Public Performances:

Friday, March 10 & Saturday, March 11

Forbes Library Community Room, Northampton

Doors open 2:45, Show 3-5pm.  Due to the contemplative nature of the performance, audience members are asked to be seated by 2:55.

While the performance is free, registration is required by emailing up_theplay[at]  Seating is limited.

Content Warning: Contains references to physical and emotional violence. Recommended for ages 15 and over.

Peter W. Pruyn (“prine”) is a trauma therapist, author, and performance artist in Western Massachusetts who works with female survivors.  He writes about trauma recovery, gender equality, and film at

Friday, March 10, 2023
2:00pm - 5:45pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Community Room
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