Drawing inspiration from contemporary Internet culture and narratives around mental illness, as well as accounts of Victorian insane asylums, “#SoSadSoSexy” is a devised play exploring Western culture’s ongoing fascination with, and misrepresentation of, depressed and unstable women. Through the overlapping stories of Lucy, a Victorian-era asylum patient, and Izzy, a modern-day “Internet sad girl," the piece crosses time and circumstance to reflect the parallels between each period’s approach to mental health, gender politics, and the personal and collective identities we create.
"#SoSadSoSexy" will have its in-person NYC premiere at The Tank on March 24 & 26, 2022; click here for tickets/details. The performances will also be live-streamed and available via video-on-demand. In addition to co-writing the play, I have performed in various workshop showings throughout its production history, and will co-produce/perform in the March 2022 production.
Select scenes from "#SoSadSoSexy" were presented on New York's Governor's Island in July 2019 as the culmination of a developmental residency with NYC-based theatre group Rising Sun Performance Company, and as part of The Assembly's "Pop-Up Assembly" at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in August 2021. The play had its first full-length reading via Zoom on November 20, 2021.
Show Graphic by Adam Burns
Devised and Created by Emily Cordes, Alison Leaf, & Kendra Augustin
Directed by and With Additional Contributions from Simha Toledano
Produced by Tapestry Collective
Presented by The Tank, a Home for Emerging Artists
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