Upcoming events at the Clayton Center to spotlight sexuality and emotion

Audiences of "Dangerous Distortions” can expect a night of impactful and emotional short plays. Image courtesy of Ariana Hansen.
Audiences of “Dangerous Distortions” can expect a night of impactful and emotional short plays. Image courtesy of Ariana Hansen.

    The MC Theatre Department’s first performance of the fall semester, “Dangerous Distortions,” will be a night of poignant and powerful short one-act plays. The two featured plays, “The Most Massive Woman Wins” by Madeleine George and “The Stonewater Rapture” by Doug Wright deal with issues of body image, female empowerment, sex, faith, and emotion.

    “The Most Massive Women Wins” is set in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic. Four women, each different sizes and body types, share stories of their perception of their body image throughout their lives. The women tell stories of their childhood and their adult lives and show how their experiences influenced their perceptions of their self-worth.

    “The Stonewater Rapture” is the story of two teenagers who are struggling between a dedication to their religious faith and their contradicting desires, sexually and otherwise.

    Bailey Decker, a freshman on the publicity team for the production, explained that audiences will leave this show motivated to make a change. The two featured short plays are serious and impactful. They focus on important issues and will hopefully leave audiences inspired.

    “Dangerous Distortions” will take place in the Clayton Center Flex Theater on Oct. 1-3 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

    On Nov. 20-22, audiences can attend the play, “The Blue Room”, freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s “La Ronde”, by David Hare, which will be directed by Haley Sullivan, a senior theatre major, and produced by the theatre honors society, Alpha Psi Omega. The performance will act as Sullivan’s senior thesis project.

   “The Blue Room” takes place in modern day London and tells the story of ten sexual encounters between five men and five women. All of the characters in the play are portrayed by one actor and one actress.

    Sullivan explained that, “The Blue Room” will give audiences “a glimpse into the inner workings of humanity.”

    She said, “The action in The Blue Room is driven by an innate, primal need for connection that can be all-consuming.”

    Come out and support the talented individuals involved in these two shows and all of the others throughout the year.


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