sExtOrtiOn

An upcoming play with possible nudity showing at the Fresh Fruit Festival:

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From the website: “In sExtOrtiOn, by award-winning playwright Patrick Thomas McCarthy (ptmcplaywriting.com), one lonely, outcast boy’s desperate desire for “Something warm, something human, something now” drives him to hatch a scheme that draws his entire high school and its surrounding Middle American community into a harrowing vortex. Posing as a girl on a social media site, he first entices his classmates to send him compromising photos and videos, then “sextorts” them into upping the ante of each physical encounter with the threat of exposure. Inspired by a national news making teen “sexting” and extortion scandal, sExtOrtiOn digs deep beneath the superficial and sensationalistic treatments in national media accounts to explore the roots of adolescents’ fluid sexual identity, experimentation, and recklessness, and the consequences of bullying, pack behavior, and hidden violence. sExtOrtiOn takes place over a year during which none of the “sextorted” boys reveals what is happening until the central character inexplicably turns himself in. Over the course of the play’s 90 minutes, the nine characters of sExtOrtiOn struggle to make sense of the story’s myriad unanswered questions. The community ultimately prefers scapegoating to self-examination.”

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Website and Tickets: http://sextortion.weebly.com/index.html

More info on Fresh Fruit Festival: http://www.freshfruitfestival.com/

PERFORMS: Monday, July 8 @ 7pm; Tuesday, July 9 @ 9pm; Sunday, July 14 @ 2pm (The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd St, NY, NY)

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