Horse Trade Theater Group in association with Cause Dyke Drama and Wreckio Ensemble will present LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON, written and directed by Kimberlea Kressal (Bail Out: The Musical with Wreckio Ensemble) with music and additional lyrics by Will Larche (We Put The Spring In Springfield: The Music of The Simpsons), June 5-29 at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The production will feature Jenny Atwood (European tour of SHOUT!), Taneisha Duggan* (Get to Nomi at La Mama), Kristian Espiritu (Funny Girl in Los Angeles), Jax Jackson (Teddy Ferrara at The Goodman in Chicago), Kelly Lockwood-Larson (Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues), Lindsay Naas* (Urinetown! at The Secret Theatre), Caitlin Lee Reid* (The Break Up Notebook with ReVision Theatre), and Tiwith an ensemble of Felicia Blum (Tess: A New Rock Opera at NYMF), Tracie Franklin*, Jaimie Kelton*, Bernadette Marshman, Allison O'Braza, and Lauren Sapienza*. The creative team will include Lighting Design by Pamela Kupper (Crazy for the Dog at the Jean Cocteau Rep) and Scenic Design by Michael McClain. The production will be Stage Managed by Katie Chai. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association
Each performance will include a special guest star in the role of the "lesbian performance artist." Opening night will feature Austin based musiciansGod Des and She! Additional guest stars will include downtown performance artist Ariel Speedwagon, Bevin Branlandingham from QueerFatFemme.com, Vero Sanchez from "The Real L Word", and LGBT civil rights activist Yetta Kurland. Visit www.lesbianthemusical.com for more info.
Set in the late 90s on the Lower East Side of New York City, LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON follows the journey of Sue, a less than butch dyke with a broken heart, as she tries to cope with losing her girlfriend to her ex-girlfriend. When Sue's friends (a bevy of ex-girlfriends and ex-girlfriends' ex-girlfriends) come rushing to her aid, they incite a tempest of lust and betrayal as they try to convince Sue that the answer to happiness exists in polyamory, pomade, and online personals. A riotous look at a righteous time in lesbian history, LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON is a musical for anyone who has ever loved wimmin's bookstores, tofu or cats.
The production will play at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) June 5-29, Thursday through Saturday at 7pm and Wednesday, June 5 & 19 at 7pm and June 12 & 26 at 2pm. Tickets ($18; $15 students & seniors) are available by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444 or online at www.horsetrade.info.