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Lysistrata Rape Play

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Diana Oh
April 7, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor.

What is your show about?
In a not too distant future, American women have decided: enough is enough. Rape has to stop. In fact, they'll give up sex completely in protest. As the enormity of their sacrifice sets in, sh*t starts to get real...deeply, uncomfortably real. A dark, dark, dark comedy.

What do you do when you’re not working on a play?
I sing and I song write. I sing under the nom de plume Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE (I can thank Mac Rogers for inserting that fancy word into my vocabulary--nom de plume). I'm in the midst of developing my solo show based upon my music that is slated for May. I also run an Artist's Retreat: Filling the Well. (www.fillingthewell.org). The next Retreat is slated for July, with a waitlist to fill up three more Retreats. I'll be holding a 10 hour concert at The Well in July (think sober Woodstock). Soon, performing and The Well are all I'll be doing and that makes me very very happy.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
has rape re-enactment, two straight dudes boning, an Asian woman as President of the United States played by yours truly.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
The fucking fierce as fuck Mariah MacCarthy and I have worked on a lot together. Both her and director, Leta Tremblay (though Leta isn't directing LRP--the sexy talented Matt Dickson is--Leta directed Mariah's Foreplay Play though, which I was in), I'd say, both those powerhouse women are my artistic soul mates. I have dreams of us growing old together creating art for one another, with one another, inspired by one another, supported by one another. I think it's because we seek life in similar ways. Or maybe it's more spiritual than that--something unspoken--something of the soul shit. Mariah and I have worked on Foreplay Play, Magic Trick, Ampersand:A Romeo and Juliet Story, and now Lysistrata Rape Play)--we were supportive artists of one another before becoming friends. Kim Gee and I worked on Magic Trick together. Parker Leventer and I worked on Foreplay Play together. Sarah Todes and I worked on a web series: Gwen and Mina's Puppetopia together. David Lawson and I went to National Theatre Institute together. Leah Dietrich and I are friends. Rehearsing LRP has been like summer camp. But with really intense reading material.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING.

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Yes. I believe it it brings about societal change on a truly holistic level. If it's honest, ruthless, riveting theatre that hurts and cries and moves and frees, then the audience leaves wanting to make some kind of change for themselves, for others. One leaves wanting to live a better, richer life. I've felt that experience myself, and that is the experience I wish to create for others. If not to affect or change society, even if on a very small level, then why do it at all?