Looking Glass Theatre presents “The Goddess”
Developed by the husband-and-wife team of Justine Lambert and Kenny Nowell, “The Goddess” takes us on a thrilling ride that deepens our understanding of how marriage is the ultimate human collaboration. Whether it’s a socially sanctioned relationship or not, is the ultimate goal of marriage to protect ourselves and to further the species?
Where does monogamy fit into this? Is monogamy vital to fulfilling this goal?
In a time of intense debate about the sanctity of marriage, marriage equality, and same-sex marriage, “The Goddess” jumps headlong into this sea-tossed controversy. In “The Goddess” two intelligent, loving partners who want to deepen their commitment, take an unusual step to pursue multiple partners.
What are the emotional hazards and the toll and difficulty of complete honesty? How do we make such an institution as marriage new, how do we refresh the roles in a modern world as our understanding of gender roles and identity develops?
The Production’s Mission
In addition to being entertaining and thought-provoking “The Goddess” challenges prevailing views about marriage as an institution based on monogamy. It also will encourage us, the audience, to explore the risks and possibilities of basing committed relationships on mutual openness and honesty.
“The Goddess” is hosting a series of post show talk-backs in which a number of relationship, sex and gender experts, counselors, and advocates will debate the pros and cons of marriage openness, perhaps the last taboo of modern society.
Says Justine Lambert, “I think that our monogamous-based society, whether we care to admit it, craves this kind of play, because it thoughtfully lets us see first-hand the risks and rewards of honesty and openness between couples. Many people in relationships have only fantasized about these kinds of things.”
About Looking Glass Theatre
Looking Glass Theatre is an arts enterprise that uses theatrical exploration to push the boundaries of our imagination, and to challenge our understanding of the world. Using a feminist-leaning aesthetic to survey the world, Looking Glass, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, wants to create non-naturalistic theatre that deeply understands and illuminates our natures.
Says Lambert, “We are dedicated to what Peter Brook called ‘rough theatre.’ He says, ‘in a rough theatre a bucket will be banged for a battle, flour used to show faces white with fear.’ He says that in our time (even now, in our opinion) to reach audiences, ‘We must prove that there will be no trickery, nothing hidden. We must open our empty hands and show that there is nothing up our sleeves.’ For us, this means celebrating naked theatricality. Full exposure of how the theatrical world on the stage is put together. In a manner of speaking, the bucket-banger is right there down stage for all to see. There is no gesture to ask the audience to pretend they don't see the theatrical gimmicks. And I suppose, in a sense, we hope to raise "rough theatre" to the high concept that it is."
How You Can Be a Part of This Exploration
We'd Like to Thank YouAs a thank you for your donation, we'll Shout It to the Rooftops (on social media) and, at some levels, you'll get tickets to the show.
If you want to give more and help us get the word out about this social issue and the play that brings it to the fore you can give a larger amount and have your name or a friends name in the show. Or maybe you'd like to go out to dinner with our cast.
No matter how much or how little we raise, this show is going to happen. So whatever funds we raise here will be used to insure it is done well and these questions are brought to light.
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can't give that doesn't mean you can't make a difference. Just share this campaign on social media, by email and word of mouth. This can make a huge impact and means the world to us.
Some ways to spread the word:
- Anywhere you have a network.
THANK YOU for reading
A Modern-Day Fairy Tale about Open Marriage.
Richmond Shepard Theatre
309 East 26th Street
By Justine Lambert and Kenneth Nowell
Directed by Alice Jankell
Set and Costume Design by Deb O
Lighting Design by Stephen Arnold
Sound Design by Ryan Milligan
Stage Manager Casey Leigh Hagwood
Assistant Directors Casey Bessette and Meghan Aul
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Equity Approved Showcase