sExtOrtiOn Texts into ALL OUT ARTS Fresh Fruit Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2013
Can’t Sleep, Inc. presents sExtOrtiOn by Patrick Thomas McCarthy, direction by Christopher Caines, with set, costume, and lighting design by Caines, fight direction by Galway McCullough, and projections design by Katherine Hammond. Music by Ethan Gold. Costume Coordination by Susan Cook. Stage managed by Veronica Gheller. Fight Captain: Andrew Gelles.
ALL OUT ARTS Fresh Fruit Festival, at The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd St (near Ave. B and Houston St.; F train to 1st / 2nd Ave.)
Monday, July 8 @ 7pm, Tuesday, July 9 @ 9pm, and Sunday, July 14 @ 2pm.
Tickets: $18 at http://www.freshfruitfestival.com/purchase-festival-tickets/ click PURCHASE TICKETS go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/527
In sExtOrtiOn, by award-winning playwright Patrick Thomas McCarthy (ptmcplaywriting.com), a lonely outcast hatches a scheme that draws his entire high school and its Middle American community into a harrowing ride into the dark world of teen sexting. Posing as a girl on a social media site, he entices his classmates to send him compromising photos and videos, then “sextorts” them into upping the ante of each physical encounter with the threat of exposure. Suggested by an actual teen “sexting” and extortion scandal, sExtOrtiOn digs beneath the superficial and sensationalistic treatments in national media accounts to explore the roots of adolescents’ fluid sexual identity, experimentation, and recklessness, and the consequences of bullying, pack behavior, and hidden violence. sExtOrtiOn takes place over a year during which none of the “sextorted” boys reveals what is happening until the central character inexplicably turns himself in. Over the course of the play’s 90 minutes, the nine characters of sExtOrtiOn struggle to make sense of the story’s myriad unanswered questions & to disguise what is actually happening.
Director/designer Christopher Caines (ChristopherCainesDance.org) and fight director Galway McCullough (CombatInc.com) plan a highly physical production stressing the combat readiness many high school students must adopt every time they traverse the menacing territory of a school corridor. Media designer Katherine Hammond (Warehouse of Theatre, Old Dominion University), media designer for McCarthy’s
award-winning PRIDE RIVER CROSSING, winner for Distinction in Playwriting for the 2012 Fresh Fruit Festival. Stage manager Veronica Gheller (SMILE, JOE EGG). Costume coordinator Susan Cook (LUCKY GUY, BRING IT ON, SEMINAR, LEAP of FAITH, COAST of UTOPIA).
sExtOrtiOn’s cast includes:
Joshua Warr (PRIDE RIVER CROSSING, JOSHING AROUND, HUNTING SEASON) as Quin Quimby, the only out gay kid at Middle Falls High;
Spencer Scott (sExtOrtiOn development readings, CHRISTMAS CAROL with Austin Pendleton) as Donny Doirko, a troubled loner;
Seth Shirley (sExtOrtiOn development readings, Opera Omaha, Omaha Playhouse) as Buck Cummings, a bullying jock with control issues;
Justin Garascia (The Flea’s RESTORATION COMEDY; A CHORUS LINE) as Bradley Michael White, the BMW, the golden boy athlete promised to Brenda;
Joshua David Bishop (Julie Taymor’s ACROSS the UNIVERSE, INTO the WOODS) as Brent Dodge, marching band geek;
Andrew Gelles (THE LAST DAYS of JUDAS ISCARIOT, THE CHANGELING) as Ben Benjamin, Buck’s lieutenant;
Julia Hochner (TAPE, PHASES) as Brenda Fenton Flair, the BFF, cheerleader, promised to Brad;
Chantal Thomson (PRIDE RIVER CROSSING, CHRISTMAS CAROL with Austin Pendleton, sExtOrtiOn development reading) as Britany Gray, cool girl, school monitor;
Jeff Ronan (The Flea's THESE SEVEN SICKNESSES, THE MIDDLE) as Mr. Zee, school administrator.
click on PURCHASE TICKETS to go to
INDIEGOGO Campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sextortion?c=home
Visit the Fresh Fruit Festival website http://www.freshfruitfestival.com for more programming information.
ptmcPLAYWRITING WEBSITE: Visit http://www.ptmcplaywriting.com/ for other plays by ptmc
More information regarding sExtOrtiOn....
VIMEO https://vimeo.com/119079191 Copy & paste to new window to view
Sexting Sequence 2
Sexting Sequence 2