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The amazing Eleanor O’Brien (aka, the person who introduced me to the fringe festival circuit thereby changing my life forever) and the good folks over at Sex-Positive Portland have put together the world’s very first theatre-festival dedicated to promoting sex-positivity, Come Inside: A Theatrical Orgy of Intimate Acts! And I am honored to be a part of it!
There are four shows in the festival, receptions, workshops, burlesque performances, play readings, and an open mic…Something for everyone! Individual show tickets are less than $14 including the service charge, plus you can get a two-show nightly pass for less than $22! And if you aren’t afraid to go all-in, a festival pass is under $53 and gets you into every performance and event in the entire festival (except for the intensive workshops)! That’s a pretty damn good deal, if I do say so myself…
A Story of O’s at Come Inside: A Theatrical Orgy of Intimate Acts
7:30p Friday 12 September
9:30p Saturday 13 September (Post-show talkback Q&A @ 10:45p)
7:30p Sunday 14 September
@ Milepost 5, Portland, OR
Single-show tickets $12 (+$1.41 service fee)
Two-show evening pass $20 (+$1.69 service fee)
Festival pass $50 (+$2.74 service fee)
Talking Dirty and Roleplay INTENSIVE
1:00p – 4:00p Saturday 13 September 2014
$40 (+$2.49 service fee)
Hahahahaha. Let that be a lesson to me: ask, and ye shall receive. I shouldn’t have titled my last post “Try Again” because they did. I apologize if you couldn’t get to Bay City Blues, this blog, or any of my other sites this week. It seems I’ve been the victim of some kind of malicious script geared to overload my CPU. Dealt with for now, but I apparently needed a reminder that poking at wounded animals isn’t necessarily a wise decision. Dear Universe, note taken.
I’ve been freaking out about getting everything I need done before I leave for tour again on July 13th. (Yes, I embark on Friday the 13th. Don’t even start.) It seemed premature when I was doing it a week ago, and people kept saying, “you have a whole month!” But now it feels like July is right around the corner, and there are still so many things left on my To-Do List.
I finally got venue assignments and performance schedules for all my upcoming Threads performances and spent all day yesterday designing my posters and flyers for each festival. Here’s just one of about 9 different items I’m having printed…
I know it doesn’t seem very fancy, but I’m completely self-taught when it comes to graphic design. Also, the fringe festival audiences I’ve encountered need specific info that’s easy to read. If promotional materials are too busy, I feel like people just tune out or skip over them. Graphic design is very time consuming, and it’s easy for me to get lost/distracted if I’m not focused. So I’ve basically been ignoring my IM and email for a few days- I apologize if you’ve been trying to reach me.
It took me a while, but I was finally able to compile the right elements to fix one of my sound cues and am waiting for a friend to edit them together so I can hear it. It’s part of a scene that I feel has never quite reached its potential, and the moment could be a huge one. I have a short list of places in the show I want to fine-tune, but I’m really proud of where Threads is at right now. It’s funny, but a show like this is almost alive: it evolves and changes over time. It grows up. And I, like any proud mama, am kind of in awe of what I created.
Of course, I’m already thinking about my next show. It’s going to be worlds away from Threads, that’s for sure. It’s still only in the nebulous stage in my head, but I know it’s going to be about sex, bdsm, and/or phone sex. I just have too many stories! (Please don’t worry. Your secrets are safe with me. I won’t use any details which could be used to identify you, and any names will be changed to protect the guilty.)
As a first-time solo performer, it has been weird having my show not be about sex. Knowing me, I think everyone just kind of assumed it would be, and I did too. But honestly it has been interesting relating to people on a completely non-sexual level. I don’t think I realized how much of my identity is inextricably entangled with my sexuality. It’s weird for me when I feel disconnected from it, or like I cannot/should not express that part of myself. Having to be “professional” in the vanilla world is something I have ample experience with and can do well when the situation calls for it. I’ve just managed to build a life that doesn’t often require me to be anyone other than myself. I realize that sounds hilarious coming from someone who plays other people for a living, but I’m sure you get my point.
Part of promoting a solo show on the fringe festival circuit is getting the audience to buy YOU as a person, as a *shudder* brand. You get butts in seats by going out and socializing with patrons, volunteers, staff, and fellow performers. In a way, it’s a popularity contest. You have to show your personality and get people to like you. I know for me, when faced with a choice between two shows, I’m going to go see the one by the guy I had a beer with last night.
It was easy when we did Inviting Desire, since it was a show about women’s sexual fantasies. I turned on the sex appeal and went to town. But Threads has nothing to do with sex other than that it’s a human story and human beings have sex. It has felt inappropriate of me to use most of my flirty tactics to win people over, and yet…That’s me, that’s who I am. Authenticity is seductive in and of itself. I found myself feeling awkward at times in Atlanta and Orlando, and that is highly unusual for me in social situations.
But upon much consideration, I’ve decided that censoring myself isn’t serving my goals, the main one of which is to tell this incredible story to as many people as possible. So what if Threads is a decidedly UNsexy show? I’m fucking sexy dammit, and that should make it even all the more impressive that when someone watches me onstage for an hour, they aren’t thinking about sex. If being a sex-positive babe conflicts with their notions about talent or storytelling ability, then it’s obvious they need to see flesh-and-blood examples like myself.
So I’m going to stop being frustrated and start just being me. Those fringe audiences better watch out…