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f-plays Festival Explores Carnality, March 28-April 27

Note: this article contains adult language

The "fuckplays," billed as "a voyeuristic journey through eight playwrights' most private places and a sincere examination of our most basic carnal desires," will premiere at the Ohio Theatre (66 Wooster St. btwn. Spring and Broome) on Wednesday, March 28th at 8 p.m. 

"From American Apparel ads to 'Sex and the City,' we live in a world where consumer marketing runs by the dictum: Sex sells!  But in a society where explicit sex and pornography have veered ever closer to the mainstream, do we have a more unrealistic view of sex than ever before?  Over sixty playwrights from across the country submitted plays in response to that question, which were painstakingly narrowed down to the eight best—a provocative cross-section encompassing fantasy, fetishism, humor, myth, submission, voyeurism, violence, and love," state press materials.

"'fuckplays' features eight sexually-charged new plays written by some of NYC's hottest emerging playwrights: Obie Award-winner Kyle Jarrow (A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant), NYIT Award-winner Bekah Brunstetter (To Nineveh: A Modern Miracle Play), Eric Sanders (creator and playwright of Dread Awakening), New School University's MFA Playwright William Charles Meny (The Discomposers), Columbia University's MFA Playwright Joshua Hill (The Impotence of Being Ernest), and mythic fiction writer Casey Wimpee (Bloody Elephants), coupled with a pair of the Lone Star State's most provocative dramatists: screenwriter Justin Cooper (Flickgrifter's Union) and Greg Romero (The Shelter).  Directors include Thomas Caruso (Mimi le Duck starring Eartha Kitt at New World Stages), NYIT Award-winner Isaac Byrne (To Nineveh: A Modern Miracle Play), Stephen Brackett (Third Man Productions' Bloody Mary at Clemete Soto Velez), Matthew Hancock (DTNY's Dracula at Urban Stages), Steven Gillenwater (Oceanside Parkway at American Place Theatre), Diana Basmajian (Play With Faun at the Fringe), Julie Rossman (Kimberly Rosenstock's Discovering Columbus), and Cole Wimpee (Working Man's Clothes' The Woodpecker)."

Soho Thinktank, Galapagos Art Space, Working Man's Clothes Productions (winner of 6 NYIT Awards for To Nineveh: A Modern Miracle Play), The Thursday Problem (Dread Awakening at the 45th Street Theatre), and Jeffrey Schulman (Keith Reddin's Brutality of Fact at Urban Stages) present the festival.

The plays was hand-picked by Soho Thinktank Artistic Director Robert Lyons to premiere at the Ohio Theatre (66 Wooster St. btwn. Spring and Broome—A/B/C/D/E/F/V to West 4th St.) on Wednesday, March 28th, where it will play five performances through Sunday, April 1st (Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm).  The production then transfers to the Galapagos Art Space EVOLVE Series in Williamsburg (70 N. 6th St. btwn. Wythe and Kent—L Train to Bedford Ave.), curated by Artistic Director Travis Chamberlain, where it plays all four Friday nights in April:  Friday, April 6th at 7:30pm; Friday, April 13th at 7:30pm; Friday, April 20th at 7:30pm; and Friday, April 27th at 7:30pm.

Tickets for "fuckplays" are $15 and can be purchased at www.smarttix.com or by phone at (212) 868-4444.  For more information, please see www.workingmansclothes.com


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