Saturday, June 6, 2015

First Look: Dood Paard's BOTOX ANGELS



All photos by: Sanne Peper

From Dood Paard ("Dead Horse") Theatre in Amsterdam comes "the US Premiere of Botox Angels, a play about militant female sexuality which is abundant in sultry dialogue, jealousy and emotional violence. Three clownish lesbian characters, named Swift, Cocky and Deedee, negotiate shifting power relationships, juggle dildos and fake breasts, play dress-up games and cross swords about men, breast reductions, philosphy versus banality and emotion versus rationality. Written by Rob de Graaf, translated into English by Paul Evans, it is performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper, all from Holland.

Botox Angels gets a unique style from the rough mind games among its three protagonists and a tactical/emotional directness that is characteristic of the Dutch. Its characters are women for whom being lesbian is, at least partially, a political choice. They don't want to hide their beauty or their sexuality and they want to be seen as attractive adult girls. The title appropriates the name of a cosmetic surgery drug to suggest women's longing to inspire desire perpetually. For Swift, Cocky and Deedee, for whom sex is a very aggressive game, Botox might also be a warrior's creed: even if they are dykes, they still can be as beautiful and attractive as a magazine cover model. 

Imagine "Mean Girls" on steroids with middle-aged lesbian clowns.



La MaMa presents
BOTOX 
ANGELS
by Dood Paard (Amsterdam)

Performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers & Manja Topper 
Text by Rob de Graaf
Translated by Paul Evans 
Choreography by Roy Peters

June 25 - 28, 2015 - 5 performances only
Thursday & Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm and 8pm; Sunday at 4pm

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; ten $10 tickets are available for every performance - first come first served - pre-sale only!

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE