Horse Trade Theater Group Presents Spookfish Theatre Company's PORNOGRAPHY FOR THE PEOPLE, 9/21
Horse Trade Theater Group will present a one night only encore performance of Spookfish Theatre Company's Dream Up Festival hit, Pornography for the People, written by Ming Peiffer (Relax! Alice). The production will be directed by Kat Yen (Wabi Sabi! Not Wasabi) and will feature Vichet Chum, Ying Ying Li, Amora Lin, Josh Mendelow, Katie Peters, Nancy Sun, and Christopher J. Tan.
Pornography for the People is an eclectic mash-up of interwoven stories, of both real and fictional characters, that navigates the trajectories of four Chinese "netizens" as they act out their fantasies and lives via the Internet. Meet Mu Zi Mei, the notorious sex blogger whose fame and happiness dwindles as her anti-patriarchal lifestyle becomes an official target. Meet Gordon, the British expat turned journalist, as his research and sex life become dangerously entwined. Follow Yi Yi, The Farm girl turned Do-It-Yourself pornographer whose skewed views on sex play into her risky lifestyle. Lastly, watch the fall of Mr. Lin, the respected magazine editor who becomes a public nuisance when his falsified online literary fame hits government officials a little too close to home. Inspired by real interviews, banned blog posts, government issued statements, news articles, and scientific research, Pornography for the People is the first part of a trio of plays, entitled Netizens, that attempts to understand worldwide policy-making (SOPA, Green Dam Youth Escort, etc.) and the prevalent censorship in today's increasingly technology dependent social and economic spheres.
The production will receive a special one night only performance, Friday, September 21 at 8pm at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Tickets ($18, $15 students & seniors) are available online at www.horseTRADE.info or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.
MING PEIFFER (Playwright) is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of Spookfish Theatre Company, and a working actress based in NYC. Recently 1 of 6 playwrights selected for NPTC's Women's Work Project, Ming is the author of numerous works including: WABI SABI! Not Wasabi, RELAX! ALICE, Pornography For The People, TELLMEYOULOVEME, CEREAL, HOMELESS KITTY, The Privilege of Death: or how everything went from bad to good (Co-Author).Upcoming plays include: ADVANCE GUARD, and The ABC's Guide to Getting Famous (Co-produced by Horse Trade Theater Group). You can see her onstage this September in Strangedog Theatre Company's upcoming show NEW TRICKS! at The Red Room.
KAT YEN (Director) is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Director of Spookfish Theatre Company. Recent NYC directing credits include: RELAX! ALICE, WABI SABI! Not Wasabi, The Privilege of Death and Anything Goes. Recent assistant directing credits include Hand Over Hand, Night Before Christmas, and Blinded by the Night. Regional credits include Blasted and Oleanna (Colgate University). Other projects by Kat include The Talk, a short scene written and directed by her put on at LAByrinth Theater as part of their Ensemble Workshop and Homeless Kitty, a guerilla puppet show performed on NYC subways. She has also worked with The Public Theater, the McCarter Theater, TeatroStageFest LITFNY, Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, Ripe Time, and Red Bull Theater in various roles.
SPOOKFISH THEATRE COMPANY was founded NYC by theatre artists Ming Peiffer and Kat Yen in February 2010. The company was recently named Resident Theater Company at Horse Trade Theater Group for their upcoming 14th Annual Season. Original work includes: WABI SABI! Not Wasabi (described by the NY Times as: "AWARE"), RELAX! ALICE, Pornography For The People, and HOMELESS KITTY an ongoing public puppet show aimed at raising awareness in NYC. Our work has been featured in the New York Times, The New York Daily News, Hyphen Magazine,angryasianman.com, as well as various other art and culture blogs across the web. Spookfish Theatre Company is an active member of the Asian American Arts alliance and a Sponsored Artist at The Field.
HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work that has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City. In 2011 Horse Trade received the New York Innovative Theatre Ellen Stewart Stewardship Award for demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership.