GENET PORNO / WORLD PREMIERE
SEPTEMBER 9–26, 2015 at HERE
Directed by Yvan Greenberg
Featuring Oleg Dubson
TWO 5-MIN EXCERPTS
FROM IN-PROGRESS PERFORMANCES IN
HERE'S CULTUREMART 2014
Watch Episode Four of CAM4Genet:
The CAM4Genet video series
features director Yvan Greenberg with revealing and personal glimpses into the making of our GENET PORNO.
GENET PORNO is being developed and produced as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), with additional support provided by the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, Axe-Houghton Foundation, and Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production Fund.
Follow along as we create the piece by checking out our project page and blog on the HERE website.
Laboratory Theater's new work is based on Jean Genet’s 1943 novel, Our Lady of the Flowers, and follows the loves and betrayals of a cross-dressing gay prostitute named Divine. In GENET PORNO, the ‘impossible ballet’ of Divine’s story is staged within, and transformed by, the production of a present-day gay porn video, based on narrative elements from the confessional videoblog of a real-life porn star. Their stories merge as GENET PORNO explores our contemporary culture of narcissism, our individual relationships to pornography, and the consequences that result from blurring the lines between our public and private lives.
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"...a classic Genet-style porn shoot, replete with dark humor and the pathos of the original tale blurring the lines between eroticism and pornography, and public and private language." GENET PORNO "is startling, if not jarring, and has a lasting effect as high and low art merge almost seamlessly. The actors were all true to character, and the impeccable, tortured, sincere, beyond-the-call-of-duty-Obie-deserving acting by Oleg Dubson, as the transsexual Divine, is a must-see, truly tour-de-force performance..."
—The Brooklyn Rail on in-progress performances in Culturemart 2014 at HERE.