| Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/27/09
IMPERFECT PEOPLE is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Michael Edison Hayden’s THE BOOKS, directed by Matt Urban. THE BOOKS will be performed as part of The New York International Fringe Festival at The Cherry Pit (155 Bank Street.)
An offbeat love story of a professional dominatrix, Mistress Chimera, and her agoraphobic client, Mark, THE BOOK chronicles the unique development of their relationship. After Mark loans Helen a copy of James Joyce’s Dubliners, their personal relationship deepens, complicating their sadomasochistic rituals. Before the couple can truly fall in love, they both must accept that some people may never fit into society.
Hayden's play humanizes sadomasochism. Through both dark and light comedy, the play explores a side of sexuality that is still considered taboo. The play is simple and frank; like Albee’s Zoo Story did with homosexuality in 1960, it examines the unseen lives of the perceived misfits of today’s culture, struggling to find their place.
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The production stars Aadya Bedi (The Culture Project: Betrayed, Manhattan Theater Club: The American Pilot) as Mistress Chimera, Scott David Nogi (Nicu’s Spoon: Elizabeth Rex, Richard III), as Mark O'Connor, and Bradley Anderson as Ricky Rectangle.
The production features costume design by Shaumyika Sharma and lighting design by David Roy. Amanda Crater is the assistant director and Benjamin Kessler is the dramaturg.