IN THE RED ROOM:

EVERY WOMAN/DANCES FOR SOMEONE



In 2009, Red Productions inauguarated a three year project, locating and bringing to the stage true stories from women, remarkable stories given to the playwright by the women who lived them -- life stories, personal stories, breakthrough stories.

Directed by Tatiana Gelfand and Tawny Foskett
Adapted to the stage by Gordon Farrell
Additonal Direction, Morgan Lennon
Dramaturg, Arielle Parkas

HERE'S WHAT THE NEW YORK THEATER COMMUNITY HAD TO SAY:

"'In The Red Room: Every Woman/Dances For Someone' starts off with an invitation. It is a cordial summoning, calmly echoed by a chorus of eight women circling the stage in a provocative, dance-like manner. Like sirens, the women snare us almost immediately, but we stay in their world, ironically, because they appear to offer escape. The play, written by Gordon Farrell, tells the true stories of eight women whom he has known throughout his life. Each story's speaker commands full attention as she shares her secrets. Stories of heartbreak, helplessness and crises of faith intertwine to form a cycle of self-discovery and reinvention. The stage is bare except for two movable boxes and eight chairs. As each character speaks, the rest of the characters sit and watch attentively, at times even laughing and reacting along with the audience. Together, they create an atmosphere of vulnerability and honesty, a space of healing for all to see." - Julia Pugachevsky, Washington Square News


"This rare play is a theater of no illusions. The Red Anthology is a revelatory piece about real people telling real stories in an intimate setting. Gordon Farrell has created a unique collection of astonishing narratives ." Arina Vikdorchik, New York City Event Coordinator


"The Red Anthology brings the stories of real women to the stage. By taking multiple stories and crafting them into one cohesive vision, this play doesn't just look at women's problems, it hunts them down and stares them in the face. It encourages us to re-examine the way women are to be treated, touched and talked about. In a city that believes feminism reigns victorious, we are being shown that perhaps this ideology hasn't trickled down to the working class just yet. The Red Anthology discusses the private pains of real women in a way that honors them and allows their stories to change the world." - Arielle T. Parkas, founder, Tent Peg Theater Productions


"Gordon Farrell has taken the phrase 'everyone has a story tell literally' in his new play, 'In The Red Room: Every Woman/Dances For Someone.' The most shocking thing about the play is the slow realization that the characters tales were not the author's fictional creation, but true stories from real women; this is where the show finds its power. The production is deceptively simple; the set is marked in tape, the women's costumes are a study of black and red, with the only adornment a set of wooden boxes. I was moved." - Tricia Couture, Cheap Chick In The City at blogspot.com


 

THRESHOLD

A new play created from the true stories of young women who made dangerous choices.

Directed by Arielle Parkas,
Tatiana Gelfand,
and Gordon Farrell

Presented in the Upstairs Cabaret at People Lounge
163 Allen Street

 

photos by Sabrina Asch

Sunday, January 15, 2012 & Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

WHISPERS & SCREAMS

sexually explicit stories of sea urchins,
fire ants, and one night stands

A new play written by Haley K. Jude
directed by Sarah C. Lucier and Arielle Parkas
Catie Taaffe, assistant director




Haley K. Jude is a writer based in San Francisco. She is also a sex workers' rights activist and an advocate for queer BDSM tolerance. "Whispers & Screams" is a set of short monologues Haley wrote recounting a range of her own experiences that she shares with audiences to promote understanding and acceptance of queer and sado-masochistic sexuality.




WHISPERS & SCREAMS...

is unusual in its uncompromising descriptions of extreme sexual experiences. Be warned that the material is explicit and the language is raw.