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Emily Allan and Leah Hennnessey
November 29 - December 2$20 – $50
The Brick presents
by Emily Allan and Leah Hennnessey
Nov 29-Dec 2, 2023
Betty and Veronia have tried everything to cure their crippling depression and existential despair. Everything, that is, except acting out homoerotic fanfiction.
Cue a Russian doll of stories slashing John Lennon x Paul McCartney, Susan Sontag x Camille Paglia, Trotsky x Stalin, Byron x Shelley & Kirk x Spock…
As the layers of fantasy multiply, the girls are left questioning what really drives their games, and to what end.
Slash is a two woman comedy written, adapted, directed, and performed by Emily Allan and Leah Hennessey.
The Blond (Emily Allan) and The Dark Haired One (Leah Hennessey) attempt to transcend the banality of identity and the terror of consciousness through cosplay, anglophilia, critical theory and song. Incorporating fan fictional pairings of iconic duos such as Lennon/McCartney, Byron/Shelley and Betty/Veronica, as well as meta commentary by camp portrayals of infamous second wave feminists Camile Paglia, Andrea Dworkin and Joanna Russ, Slash is a “pop feminist tour de force” (Office Magazine) about the erotics of collaboration and friendship.
“Prankish genius”- The Paris Review
“The ultimate fanfiction play”- Syfy
“A wildly entertaining homoerotic extravaganza”- Paper Magazine
“It’s fast and campy ,and as clever as anything the New York stage has seen in some
Slash was workshopped in pieces at MoMA, MoMA PS1, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. It premiered at MX Gallery in NYC, where it ran for four critically acclaimed months. A new version of the play was performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and further workshopped at Ars Nova with director John Cameron Mitchell. Slash just came off a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was the recipient of a Summerhall Lustrum Award.
Photo by Max Lakner
cw: distressing themes, strong language, and mention of suicide and sexual abuse.
Special Thanks: Anne Alexander (Cousins), Rafael Foster (MX Gallery and Newton)
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