Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Former Rockette to Perform One-Woman Play at LCCC’s Stocker Arts Center

from Lorain County Community College

Below is information on an upcoming play at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Arts Center. The main character in the play deals with the trauma of repeat rapes, and may be of interest to your community. Following the play will be an open discussion period with actress/writer Joanna Rush called “Refusing to be a Victim.”

Actress, writer and former Rockette Joanna Rush will kick up her heels in the funny and moving one-woman play “Asking for It” at 7:30 p.m., January 22 and January 23 at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 each and can be ordered online at www.lorainccc.edu/stocker, or by calling the Stocker Arts Center box office at 800-995-5222 (ext. 4040) from 12-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the box office, located in the lobby of the Stocker Arts Center. This production contains mature material and may not be suitable for children under 13.

A dark comedy written and performed by Rush, “Asking for It” follows the evolution of Bernadette O’Connell, who was named “Outstanding Catholic of the Year,” as she puddle-jumps through the primordial slime of American culture to personhood. Possessed of a religious fervor surpassed only by her fierce libido, she passes on life with the nuns and instead joins 25 sisters as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. But her sexual miseducation leaves her vulnerable to the twisted testosterone-filled world permeating The Big Apple. Bernadette rides the highs of marriage and Broadway, and struggles through lows as a dancer with a bum knee and a kid to support. While both flaunting and fearing her sexuality, she learns what she should have been asking for all along.

Directed by Tony nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, “Asking for It” is a zestful kaleidoscope of faith and femininity, repression and redemption, joy and terror, spiced with song and dance.

Audience members are encouraged to stay after the production to participate in an open discussion called “Refusing to be a Victim.”

More information on “Asking for It” can be found at http://www.askingforitonline.com/. If each show is not sold out by the evening of the performance, Take a Chance tickets will be available for half-price at the box office, beginning at 6 p.m. January 22 and January 23.

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