The Glass Eye & terraNOVA Collective to Present SEXLESS IN THE BOROUGHS by Colleen O'Connor October 25-November 3
THE GLASS EYE and New York Innovative Theatre Foundation 2013 Caffe Cino Award recipient TERRANOVA COLLECTIVE are pleased to announce a soloNOVA ARTS Production, Colleen O'Connor's SEXLESS IN THE BOROUGHS directed by The Glass Eye Artistic Director Kyle Metzger. SEXLESS IN THE BOROUGHS will play a two week limited engagement at IRT Theater (154 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014). Performances begin Friday, October 25 and continue through Sunday, November 3, 2013.
In a world where sex sells, this old virgin ain't buying. From Texas to New York City and beyond, Colleen O'Connor tells the true story of the most mythical creature: the 26 year old virgin. From being a homeless men-magnet to a string of less-than-desirable dating dregs, she transposes tales from her acclaimed blog SEXLESS IN THE BOROUGHS to the stage, facing her chronic virginity with humanity and humor, and giving voice to one of our generation's most taboo subjects.
O'Connor stresses the importance of this play, "in gearing the conversation towards women in today's society, the rights of women, and the objectification of women is vital. Women are remarkably strong. I am proud to be one and I am hopeful to inspire many." She was sparked to share her story after the Steubenville Trials last year, and angered when Todd Aiken came out with the whole 'legitimate rape' nonsensE. O'Connor was further moved to action when the Texas government shut down all but 5 planned parenthood clinics in Texas even after Wendy Davis' successful filibuster where hundreds of Texans showed up to the Capital to cheer her on and support women until the governor called a second session, and overruled the people and the women of Texas and passed the bill anyway. She sees it as "a total abuse of power and a set back for so many women. AND THEN, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, etc.
Writing this show, sharing my story and reflecting back on my experiences I have found my voice as a human. It's important to me to share my story so maybe other women will be brave enough to share their story. My self worth was low. Very low. I've felt less than because I have not had sex which then prevented me from thinking I was worthy of love and that I deserved to be harassed by strangers and coworkers. I think the opposite of my situation is not so opposite as I may have once thought. How many women do we all know that have gratuitous sex and then feel like shit when they get treated like a play toy, so they keep objectifying themselves and losing their own self worth in hopes to find the person who will make them feel whole? This is not so different from shutting yourself off from sex entirely out of insecurity and fear.
I have a new found self worth because I have taken my fears, my traumas, my tanning mistakes, and put them out there for others to relate to, laugh at and learn from. Doing so has lead me to amazingly supportive and nonjudgmental people. It has showed me that the thing that has made me feel different or damaged is the thing that connects me to everyone around me. This is empowering."
Original music by Dan Emino. Lighting and Sound Design by Jason Fok. Produced by Leta Tremblay; Becca Pickett is the production stage manager. Publicity by Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR.
SEXLESS IN THE BOROUGHS plays the following regular schedule through Sun, Nov 3: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8p.m.
Tickets are $18 and are available online at www.terraNOVACollective.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.