The Civilians Will Bring Let Me Ascertain You: Sex Variants 1941 to Joe's Pub with Songs by Grace McLean, César Alvarez and Michael Friedman
22 Jan 2014
The Civilians will present Let Me Ascertain You: Sex Variants 1941 at Joe's Pub Feb. 3 at 9:30 PM.
The cabaret will feature performances by Tim Acito, César Alvarez, Kate Buddeke, Dan Domingues, Nina Hellman, Trey Lyford, Grace McLean, Nedra McClyde, Brandon Miller, Everett Quinton, Dito Van Riegersberg, Max Vernon, Alison Weller and Colleen Werthmann.
Here's how the production is billed: "In the 1940s, Dr. George W. Henry of Cornell University interviewed over 200 people about their sex lives, incessant bed-wettings, and psychotic aunts in one of the earliest 'scientific' surveys of sexual deviancy titled 'Sex Variants' published in 1941. The Civilians transforms these stories into a provocative, pansexual cabaret of monologues and songs about first times, dreamy fantasies and excessive fetishes."
The evening will also include original music composed by Tim Acito, César Alvarez, Maggie-Kate Coleman and Erato A. Kremmyda, Michael Friedman, Andrea Grody, Grace McLean, Jill Sobule and Max Vernon.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.