Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


The Penis Monologues

The Penis Monologues
real stories written by real men about real penises
conceived, compiled and performed by Tommy Truss

SHOWTIMES 8PM Saturdays February 16, 23 March 2 & 9

The first thing Truss says about this piece is, “Obviously it’s my version of the Vagina Monologues” and he adds with a laugh, “but I’ve never read or seen The Vagina Monologues.” He continues, “I was in the states when they first came out and it was being performed everywhere, from Broadway to women’s shelters and I thought how great it was to talk about things that don’t always get voiced in the open. And in fact that’s still going on... the fear and non communication around ‘private parts’... interesting choice of words right? In the states recently a female representative was banned from her own capital building because she said the word vagina on the house floor and they were legislating on abortion!” He continues, “Even though in most cultures men are still dominant that doesn’t mean that they think or are self reflective, let alone soft or vulnerable, and for me The Penis Monologues is a response to that climate and condition.”

Like Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, Truss sent out a call to blokes asking them to write original works based on their experiences, stories and relationship with their penis. “What I got back has been amazing, there’re confessionals and rants and raves, sex tales and facts, i’ve assembled a joke section and... well, it’s quite a mix.” Also like The Vagina Monologues Truss’s show can be produced in many ways, from a solo evening or a reading, to a performance with multiple actors. There are many offshoots of this concept, “The DickLogues”, “The Viagra Monologues” which was produced in Wellington a few years past, there was a spoof of Ensler’s work in the states as well, but Truss is clear, “this is not a satire of Ensler’s work, nor a comment on it, I was inspired by the idea of talking about something that doesn’t always get talked about.” This will be the world premierre of Truss’s “The Penis Monologues” and this incarnation is a one man show where each monologue is told by a different character, from the lisping queen to the testosterone charged stud.

Following in the Fringe’s footprint of performances happening throughout Wellington, Truss set about to find “male dominated spaces that aren’t used as theatres.” His response was less than favorable. “I went to at least a dozen spaces that cater almost exclusively to men, from clothing stores to various men-focused-clubs, and the general response was, ‘this is not inline with our product.’ One person even said ‘I don’t want to be associated with penises even though this is a men’s clothing store’” Truss ended up finding the perfect spot though, the basement of S and M’s bar on Cuba St. as he says, “it’ll be great, the audience can grab a cocktail and hear some cocktales, or have a cocktail and grab a cocktale if so inspired.”

SHOWTIMES 8PM all four Saturdays in the Fringe Festival, February 16, 23 March 2 & 9
S and M’s cocktail and lounge bar 176 Cuba St.

TICKETS: General $15, concession/groups (6 or more) $13, Fringe Addict Card $10 Email windypae@gmail.com with name, number of tickets required and date of show or buy them at Made Marion, 17 Marion St. or on the night of the show at the door. Limited number of tickets available per show. For more information check out windyPAE on Facebook.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Law Society: Sir Peter Williams QC, 1934 - 2015

“Sir Peter was an exceptional advocate. He had the ability to put the defence case for his clients with powerful oratory. His passion shone through in everything he did and said.” Mr Moore says Sir Peter’s lifelong commitment to prison reform was instrumental in ensuring prison conditions and the rights of prisoners were brought to public attention. More>>

ALSO:

CTU: Peter Conway – Family Statement

Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the Economist and Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions. He was previously Chair of Oxfam New Zealand and was on the Board of NZ Trade and Enterprise. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news