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In the "LOVE HURTS"
Cycle, we destroy...
& June 5:
VENUS IN FURS
by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
adapted by Steve Tanner ("Billy Bonnet")
directed by Jacob Sidney Dietzman
sound design by Michael Rainey
featuring Linda Bailey Walsh,
Allen Liu & Philip Wofford
and furs, and emotional/psychological cruelty.
Late night gets nasty again.
Set in the 1870s, VENUS IN FURS
tells the story of a man's first time (being whipped by the woman he lusts
after). Amidst the innocence of the mid-1870s, Severin falls for Wanda. They
fumble towards the ecstasy of setting up the parameters of a mistress and slave
relationship, falling "deeply" in love along the way.
Press Preview of "Venus in Furs"!
Wednesday, March 26 @ 8pm
12, 19 & 26:
by Judy Blume
loose adaptation & direction by Gerald McClanahan
featuring Analisa Brouet, Brandon Clark, Andy Corren, Stephanie Dees, Drew Droege, Lori Funk, Tabatha Hall, Linda Miller, Sarah Norton, Chase Sprague & Quinn Sullivan
||Fondue, eight-tracks, and bell-bottoms!
Late night gets groovy again!
Set in 1975... FOREVER tells the story of a young
woman's first time. Amidst the innocence of the mid-1970s, Katherine falls in love with Michael. They fumble towards the ecstasy of going all the way, falling "deeply" in love along the way. After giving themselves to each other... they promise to love each other... FOREVER.
Oh, and by the way, it's one of the filthiest, smuttiest,
teen books ever written.
LIT! is a parody. The adaptations are in no way meant to
convey or imply the original authors' original intentions. Nothing to
see here but parody, folks! Keep moving along.
Produced by Gerald McClanahan
Associate Producer - Tom Chalmers
Lighting Designer - John Sylvain
Graphic Design - Marty Yu
Weekly (Pick of the Week!)
Adaptor-director Gerald McClanahan’s parody of Judy Blume’s controversial teen-romance novel Forever takes the story of puppy love to its logical, debauched-’70s conclusion. Published in 1975, the now-outdated pre-AIDS book was forever banned in many libraries nationwide because of Blume’s candid descriptions of responsible sex between two high school seniors whose parents support them. Wouldn’t those prudish librarians be shocked by McClanahan’s wickedly perverted stage adaptation, in which Katherine’s (Stephanie Dees) swinger parents (Drew Droege and Lori Funk) insist that she sleep around with other guys so she doesn’t get too attached to her steady, Michael (Chase Sprague). With the exception of virginal prick-tease Katherine, everyone’s horny in this play, not just the hormone-raging teens but their sleazy parents and teachers too. McClanahan’s hilarious music soundtrack is sexually obsessed as well, with songs like Bread’s “Make It With You” and Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight” enhancing the action. On opening night, the perfectly cast ensemble didn’t miss a beat, and they made the incongruous Grand Canyon set from the evening’s preceding play disappear.
Generation X-ers are very familiar with Judy Blume and her many popular
novels depicting teenagers reveling in their overly dramatic angst and
pain. The most supposedly controversial novel was "Forever,"
which described a young girl losing her virginity in a fairly explicit
manner. Many high school students spent part of their study hall
secretly reading the forbidden book. Perusing the book as an adult,
however, one finds it rather more innocuous than anything in today's
modern sexual world.
Gerald McClanahan must have come to the same conclusion and so created a
parody of "Forever," a book just begging for gentle ridicule.
Now playing at The Sacred Fools Theater and part of their "Get
Lit!" series, this new production of "Forever" is silly
and fun but still fondly reminiscent of the earnestness of the novel.
at a modern party in the 90's, the story is a flashback to the 70's, a
time of wanton sexual openness. Katherine Danziger (the winsome
Stephanie Dees) struggles with the overwhelming decision of whether or
not to lose her virginity to Michael (Chase Sprague). She is egged on by
her friends and family, who take turns topping each other with sexual
outrageousness. Her promiscuous parents, Roger and Diana (Drew Droege
and Lori Funk), grope each other and everyone else in sight and have an
unhealthy interest in their children's sex lives. Classmate Artie (Andy
Corren) struggles comically with latent homosexuality, while Jamie
Danziger (Tabatha Hall) pines away for her sister's boyfriend Michael,
who keeps calling her Julie in a very Jan Brady pathetic sort of way
(watch "The Brady Bunch Movie").
scene is more outlandish than the next, exaggerating Judy Blume's
already melodramatic style in an amusingly satiric manner. Those
familiar with the novel will appreciate the play the most, laughing at
inside jokes such as the name 'Ralph' and the highlighting of various
character traits like Katherine constantly storming out in a teen
tantrum. Even if you have not read the book, you will enjoy the 70's
flashbacks, with the flamboyant costumes and dewily sentimental music.
It would have been nice if the set and props reflected even more of the
70's kitsch (where were the lava lamps?) although the fondue pots were
plentiful. The general set is composed of simple brown stripes on
boulder-type blocks which is definitely 70's, yet perplexing in that it
looks like a desert rather than someone's house.
acting is a bit uneven in general and it might have been funnier had the
director cajoled his actors into being even more over the top; however,
the overall impression is entertaining. Still it is obvious that
McClanahan is quite fond of the material and the production sincere.
Having only three performances in which to perfect their comedic timing
(never an easy feat under any circumstances), any actors flubbing lines
are to be forgiven. A fun evening out, it is worth attending and those
of us from a certain generation will especially delight in the campiness
and consequence-free frivolity of an era rife with comedic fodder.