It’s Body Awareness Week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home: Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger syndrome, struggles to express himself physically – with heartbreaking results.
This dark comedy features a small ensemble of actors bringing to light modern issues--including same sex marriage, autism, body image and sexuality, and the conflict between art and censorship--in a humorous and sometimes uncomfortable way. This show contains very mature subject matter and language. It is not recommended for children.
In addition, each performance will be introduced by a local artist and/or expert presenting a topic related to body awareness and body image. (See the information below about The Nest Project.)
Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Ticket prices: $18 general admission; $15 for seniors/students/military.
As part of the artists' events accompanying RCF's production of "Body Awareness," Portland artist Debbie Baxter will bring her unique Nest Project to the Red Curtain Arts Center for one weekend, January 26 and 27. We are grateful for the sponsorship of Angel of the Winds Casino Hotel for this special event.
Debbie and The Nest Project will host a workshop on Saturday from noon-4pm where participants will have the opportunity to be led through a transformative process around body image and self identity. The day will consist of writing prompts, nest building, and taking turns being photographed nude in the nest. All participants will receive a signed and matted 11x14 print.
Later that night, Debbie will introduce the evening's performance by talking to the audience about The Nest, its symbolism and healing powers. Workshop is limited to 8 participants.
You can register for the Saturday workshop here: http://debbiebaxter.com/red-curtain-event/
On Sunday, Debbie will be opening The Nest to the public to participate in the project for a small donation. Registration for Sunday's event may also be found at the above link.
Pre-show presentation by Celeste Moody, Red Curtain's costumer and a "clown stripper," plus a mini-show featuring 5-6 burlesque/striptease dancers following the play.
Renowned burlesque artist and model Morgue Anne is the special speaker and pre-show presenter.
Local artist and figure model Janet Myer discusses the art of nude drawing and painting, accompanied by a lobby display of figural nude artwork.
Seranine, a local transgender woman, relates anecdotal stories about body image from a different perspective.
"The Nest" project, led by artist Debbie Baxter, explores self-image. See the article above for more details.
Photographer Elizabeth Zusev explains the art of nude photography, with a lobby display of her work.
(Note: Feb. 2 and 3 presenters TBD)
March 2-18, 2018
"Or, the Geography of Yearning." Three Victorian female explorers find themselves on an unexpected and wholly remarkable expedition through the wilds of Terra Incognita, and time itself. Directed by Sherry Penoyer.