Well, we're coming back. You saw the homepage. More details 1/1/17. F-OFF!
Whew! Well, we did it. I can confidently declare the first and soon to be annual Festival of the Offensive to have been a raging success. They came. They played. They Offended. I wore many hats this time around from producer to stage manger to tech to cabaret host to custodian to audience member and I doff them all to the winners of the 2014 F-OFF theatrical awards:
Most Offensive - Puff Puff
Best Comedy - Swipe This: My Life in Transit
Best Drama - Click Chamber
Best Musical - Thankskilling the Musical
Most High Brow Down There - Crazy Pussy
Most Purrfect Pussy - Catladies the Musical
Most F and C Bombs - The Silencer
Dag-nastiest Cabaret - A Most Offensive Burlesque
Congrats to you all.
When I booked Click Chamber for this festival I thought I knew what I was getting audience into; I was mistaken. This is no mere ensemble piece, it's a kick in the face. Six monologues tell one twisted tale of a drug deal gone exactly how you would expect it to--horribly bloody wrong. Imagine if Tarantino wrote lyrical monologues for the stage... We meet a drug addled self-styled Poet lothario as well as his ersatz dead but still hard-core mistress as well as a man simply called the Boss whose hands are as cold as his heart. In addition, there is a a character who embodies "thug-chic" and an assassin from across the pond with a heart of gold (okay, maybe gold-plating). The staging is basic, but effective and the performances are strong. But is it offensive, you say? I'll leave that designation to the beholder. It ain't for the meek.
There is only more chance to see this show before it decamps back to Buffalo. Our loss is Upstate's gain.
Sat. 5/3 at 7pm
Because everyone going after the prize ultimately dies.
Ribbon Candy is a potent drug, perverting the streets, and being the demon of choice. Crime waits for no man, and the learning curve is overshot as soon as you step foot on the road. Six characters brought together by the most human and no longer human of conditions… death and each other.
Price: $15 (tix online and at the Box Office 30 minutes before curtain)
a one-act play in 5 scenes
Can you f*ck your way to the top in a gender neutral world?
Or do you only get f*cked on the bottom?
Wednesday April 30 and Thursday May 1, 8 pm. $15, with discounts for advance sales
Festival of the Offensive at the Crown Theater: 358 West 44th St, NYC
Contact: Libby Emmons firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY, April, 2014— Li88y Inc. and Blue Box World are pleased to announce the upcoming production of Libby Emmons’ new play Puff Puff. Set in the ubiquitous landscape of the American office, Puff Puff is not safe for work, and not for the faint of heart. Puff Puff, running 60 minutes, premieres in the Festival of the Offensive, April 30th and May 1st at 8 pm, at the Crown Theater, 358 West 44th St. Tickets are $15, via brownpapertickets.com
Ali Ayala and Libby Emmons are both co-producers and co-stars of Puff Puff. Having worked together on Blue Box World's Sticky all these years, specifically in a series of Emmons' short plays that document their trips and staycations together, performing in a longer-form piece wouldn't necessarily be considered a stretch... except for the subject matter. "Sticky typically plays blue," quips Ayala, "but Puff Puff is language pornography, and I don't mean erotica. It offends the sensibilities more than the senses." Puff Puff is directed by Michael Domitrovich (Eduardo Machado's Worship, author Artfuckers), with dramaturgy by Brad Rothbart (RAT Conference, Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eeema)
Puff Puff began as a 10-minute Sticky play, but Emmons took the chance to expand the piece at the suggestion of F-Off producer Jacquetta Szathmari. "It's ballsy," said Szathmari of the original incarnation, "it was like you just rolled a big ol’ scrotum right in here." Emmons' was touched by the remark, and even blogged about it. "At first it was just a little comedy on gang rape," says Emmons, "but now we tackle so much more: kiddie porn, infanticide—I mean abortion—the black market for baby organs, child slavery, transsexualism, womb rental—" At this, co-star Ali Ayala interjects, "she means surrogacy," she corrects, "and she doesn't really think abortion is infanticide, do you?" Emmons doesn't answer, and instead suggests that people come to the show, and not ask any direct questions afterwards. "It's a two-woman show," says Emmons, "so it'll just be us up there, hoping no one throws tomatoes at us." "I think we should bring rain coats," suggests Ayala.
Puff Puff runs for two nights as part of the Festival of the Offensive, April 30th and May 1st at 8 pm, at the Crown Theater, 358 West 44th St. Tickets are $15, via brownpapertickets.com. For more, li88yinc.com has way more information about the writer than you could possibly ever need.
Libby Emmons (Libby in Puff Puff) is a playwright and theater maker. Her plays include “Animal/Animal,” (Best Short Plays 2013, Smith & Krause), “The Worm Turns at the Fort Peck Hotel,” (New York Theater Review 2009), Puff Puff (Festival of the Offensive, NYC 2014), Zeropia (Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission 2009). Curator of Sticky (blueboxworld.com for info), graduate of Sarah Lawrence College & Columbia University, blogs the story of her life at li88yinc.com.
Ali Ayala (Ali in Puff Puff) director and co-producer of Sticky, has been unsuccessfully trying to offend Libby for the past ten years, collaborating with her for both Sticky and longer form work, including Radio Mara Mara, FringeNYC, 2013; I am Not an Allegory (these are people i know), Bowery Poetry Club, 2011; Connie in Detroit, Bowery Poetry Club and TARTE Festival, 2010; The Sustainable Future, Galapagos Art Space, 2006.
Michael Domitrovich (director) NY credits: Worship and Mariquitas, by Eduardo Machado, and his own play Lotus Feet, all at Theater for the New City. Also, DR2, 59E59, EST, Galapagos, La Mama ETC. International: Two bilingual plays in Bonnieux, France. He is a frequent contributor to Blue Box World’s Sticky series, as writer, director and actor. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Brad Rothbart (dramaturg) was an original member of The Alchemical Theater- Seattle, worked extensively with The Living Theater, co-founded Mobility Junction and RAT Conferences. As an activist, he has been involved in causes as disparate as disability rights, women's rights, gay & lesbian rights, environmental causes, ending nuclear testing, anti-capital punishment and anti-war movements. He created and curated the reading series Underground Voices: from the Marginalized to the Transgressive, at Theatre Double, and co-founded Invisible Cities, both Philadelphia, PA. He worked on Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eeema, 4+4 Days of Motion's The Filmanent Cycle, and was resident dramaturg at INTAR (2001). He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Stanford University. Currently, Mr. Rothbart is proud to ser