NEW YORK CITY—A special one-night-only excerpt/preview performance of Porning The Planet, a new high-tech cutting-edge multimedia event inspired by the life of Adult Hall of Fame legend Brittany Andrews, will be held on Sunday, October 30th at Theater 80 on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Director (and Warhol protégé) Penny Arcade has teamed up with Miss Andrews and award-winning writer/performer Raquel Almazan to preview an excerpt of this work-in-progress that blends chic performance art with sensual Butoh dance and stylish audio/visual multimedia.
In this dark comedy, fictional porn star Sensora (based on Miss Andrews) joins Butoh dance with narrative text using the audience as pornographer.
As NASA chooses her for the making of the film Porning the Planet, Sensora attempts to deal with her multiple personality disorder through the building of a porn persona. On her way to meet "savior" "Hugh Hiefner," Sensora's journey follows her from glam porn star to snuff-assassinated President to her final destination as a refugee in outer space, launching into the galaxy. Sensora's metamorphosis challenges our notion of how pornography has altered our method of communicating and connecting with each other and ourselves. All multi-media in the show reflect images we download from her mind. Her provocative memories, her violent fantasies and her daily rituals are witnessed and downloaded for mass absorption into the collective consciousness.
"When first meeting Brittany in 2008," Almazan reflected, "I had completed a first draft of the play. I quickly realized during our first meeting that I was writing about Brittany before even meeting her. Brittany has been the central muse for this project, the political driving force behind the detailed development of all sides, angles and takes on what makes the porn industry operate financially, and on an individual emotional scale."
Almazan then brought Artist Penny Arcade on board as director.
"For the last three years we have worked closely with Penny to create a piece that is not victim-based, but rather a multi-media production and possible screenplay that examines the audience (consumers), the producers of porn and the 'stars' themselves in an honest, brutal and enlightening journey."
"The whole project has been super-exciting and it's been amazing to work with Raquel and Penny so intensely over the last year!" said Miss Andrews. "I believe the script is revolutionary and makes some great political statements and it's been a huge pleasure working with all these talented multimedia artists. There are so many aspects—animation, dance, sound/visuals—it will be such a mind-blowing experience for the audience!"
"Brittany personifies the difficult challenge in creating this piece in a society which does not want certain truths revealed," Almazan explained. "This piece is similar to Brittany's soul: Uncompromising, complex, and delves into the unanswered. I am grateful to her for being so giving, sharing of herself in the development of this piece.
This special one-off preview performance will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Theater 80, 80 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003, beginning at 10:30 p.m., and will last 45 minutes. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. Future full-length performances will premiere in 2012.
(Pictured, r-l: Raquel Almazan and co-star)