Race, Relationships and Leather-clad Role-playing Collide in Pinky Swear Production’s BONDAGE by David Henry Hwang
“Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”
Deep in the bowels of an S&M parlor, a dominatrix and her client are getting ready to play out their regular game. Concealing their faces and ethnicities in head-to-toe leather, the two enact elaborate fantasies, using racial stereotypes and sexual mythologies to fulfill each others’ wishes. But when one of them goes off script, the line between role-play and reality begins to shift, as do the identities and desires of the two people behind the masks.
This November Pinky Swear Productions proudly presents BONDAGE, by acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang. This compact, charged drama directed by Toni Rae Salmi creates a world where sadism is an art and true intimacy is the most dangerous thing of all.
The two actors tasked with embodying these characters will, due to the necessities of the script, remain anonymous.
According to Salmi, this play, now two decades old, is still gravely relevant in an age where racial tension remains front-page news.
“Despite being set in 1990s Los Angeles, BONDAGE is still timeless,” explained Salmi. “Hwang realizes, through the long range of his work, that the word ‘American’ is constantly changing; unfortunately society’s values are not keeping apace. Car locks still click when a black person walks by, being born in America does not mean you are ‘really’ American and, closer to home, the majority of produced plays are by white, male playwrights.”
The production will run Nov. 7 – 23 at the newly-opened Anacostia Playhouse. Pinky Swear is thrilled to support this new theatre space owned and run by women.
Tickets on sale now! http://psbondage.bpt.me/