The Trials of Dinah and Persephone Performance. September 2015. Acrylic, Oil Stick on Cardboard and Paper, Clay, Lipstick. In this performance I used dance, drawing, puppetry, and theatrical monologue to compare the myths of Dinah and Persephone. Both characters were abducted and raped, however their families reacted very differently. Dinah’s father Jacob and her brothers tried to force her to marry her rapist; when those negotiations failed they murdered Shechem (her rapist and the prince of the city state) as well as every male citizen of the city-state. They took the womyn as sex slaves. Dinah’s mother Leah is passive, we do not know if she tried to save her daughter in action or word. In contrast, Persephone’s mother Demeter searches every corner of the earth and heavens to find her daughter. In this performance I embodied the characters of Dinah, Persephone, Leah (Dinah’s mother) Demeter, Baubo (the Greek Goddess of laughter and raunch, a key figure in helping Demeter find Persephone) Helios (the sun god, who reveals that Hades the God of the underworld abducted Persephone) Hades, Zeus, Jacob, Rueven and Shimon (Dinah’s two older brothers who murdered and enslaved the citizens in revenge) I myself played Dinah, Persephone, Demeter and Leah and invited people to play the other characters (I provided a summary of the story with potential questions that they could ask me or I could ask them ) This made the performance interactive and improvisational. I enjoyed the interaction and blurring of the lines between performer and audience.