Sex (the play)
By Mae West
Live Broadcast - December 4-19 2020
all showtimes are in Pacific time
Play Your Part proudly presents Sex, a play with music written by Mae West. Reimagined for the virtual stage under the direction of Isabella Price, this flapper-era drama features live performances from 17 actors from around the country, with original music by Perice Pope and choreography by Sailor St. Claire. The production will be broadcast live December 4-19.
Originally shut down for obscenity after its successful 1926 Broadway run, The New York Times called Sex a “crude and inept play,” as it pushed passed the boundaries of Broadway by shedding light on the life of a sex worker. Following the story of a particularly successful lady of the night (originally played by Mae West), this daring drama explores the Canadian red-light district through a uniquely feminine lens, where sex workers navigate how to move up in a world dominated by men.
Producing for today’s virtual audience, Play Your Part’s production of Sex, will highlight the humanity in these characters as they navigate issues such as assault, mental health, identity and the law. Director Isabella Price’s vision amplifies the disconnect between how sex workers are treated publicly and privately to showcase sex workers as whole people who do not need to be saved, but are empowered to live their lives on their own terms. Play Your Part’s partnership with King County Sexual Assault Resource Center and The Oldest Profession Podcast will connect audiences with resources for sexual assault survivors and sex workers, so that audiences may learn more about how they can support this vital work.
Sex will open on December 4, 2020 at 6pm PST, and perform through December 19. Ticket holders will receive a link to a private website where the show will broadcast live for each performance. Tickets are a suggested donation and available at playyourpartseattle.org starting November 20. Sex contains explicit language and deals with mature themes such as sexual assault, suicide, sex work, extortion, and crime. It may not be suitable for some audience members, and is not recommended for audiences under the age of 16.
The Creative Team:
Directed by Isabella Price
Original Music and Music Direction by Perice Pope
Choreography by Sailor St. Claire
Costume Design by Michael Notestine
Production Design by Isabella Rivera
Sound Design by Kayla Sierra-Lee
The cast includes: Christina Brewington, Kyle Connors, James Grice, Amariss Harris, Michael Malanga, Gregg Mess, Shan Moreno, Amr Nabeel, Christian Élan Ortiz, Nicholas Ramsay, Gloria Tsai, Kenon Veno, Ian Waters, Tony White, Dash Williams and Randolph Wright.
Stage Manager - Dionne Wardrop
Assistant Stage Manager - Alexandra Angelova
Broadcast Engineer - Russell Hay
Videographer - L Fried
Production Manager - Kevin Mikolajczak
Marketing Coordinator - Rachael Langton