Monday, February 02, 2009

Inviting Desire

Dance Naked Productions
January 22 - February 7, 2009 **Extended**

Summary:

Created by an ensemble of writer/actresses, and inspired by the survey responses of hundreds of real womens' fantasies, Inviting Desire is a celebration of sexual creativity and the erotic imagination. Inclusive, welcoming of all chromosomal combinations, sexual persuasions, Inviting Desire is an experiential adventure that is empowering, entertaining, highly erotic.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I want to see this play! Oh, how I want our culture and it's members to be open about sexuality in such a way! Ever had a conversation with anyone about sexual desires, fantasies, and preferences? Probably not! Yet it's something that Everyone is into! Kudos for Eleanor O'Brien and the cast & crew of Dance Naked Productions for getting Outside of the Box!
~ Strider ~

Anonymous said...

No pun intended.

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Inviting Desire said...

I would like to respond to "face." The fact is, "face" showed up at 8pm, and expected us to have help their seats. With an enthusiastic waiting list, that wasn't possible. We did sell their seats, but when they showed up, we appologized profusely, and gave them their money back. Personally, I'd rather have people in the seats than the money. I'm pretty sure industry standard backs me up on this. But thanks for wanting to be there! We have added two performances, next Friday and Saturday (6th and 7th). But do show up by at least 5 minutes to 8!

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Anonymous said...

"scam"
"lying breed"
"about the money"
"rude and insensitive"
"little thought of the neighborhood"
"treats their patrons as trash"

Wow. Really? Those are some strong words, face. It's unfortunate you were disappointed, but if this vitriol is your reaction to not getting in, perhaps it was for the best. That kind of negative energy is antithetical to "Inviting Desire."

I believe anyone who has seen the show knows the level of honesty, courage, and integrity involved in creating this piece. The notion that it was just about a "bucket of cash" is absurd. Would you not have to see the performance to know whether it had artistic merit versus merely financial?

Regardless, there surely must be a more productive and positive way to spend your time and energy than by continuing to focus on a past situation no one can change now.

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Anonymous said...

Maybe it was added after Face's debacle, but maybe not. From their website:

Please note that all tickets must be picked up by 5 minutes prior to curtain time.

Having run box office, and also been a patron, I know from my own experience that, yes, if you show up at curtain, there is a very good chance that you will not be seated. And in some cases, Face, you don't get your money back.

"...yes we showed up at 8pm, on a most foggy night of Portland..."

Really? The fog is why you were late?

I second Desire's belief that industry standard was applied in this case; theatre is not like going to a movie. You are disrespecting the actors and the other audience that could show up on time by supposing that the show should be held for you. The only "lying breed" is the promise you made to your friends that you did not keep by being less than punctual.

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Anonymous said...

I only see one rebuttal from Inviting Desire, Face. It may be time to accept that there are others who disagree with you making such a huge deal out of a simple misunderstanding and your resulting disappointmet. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, aren't they?

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Anonymous said...

I am not responsible for every anonymous comment. From my count, there are three anonymous commenters. And your "face" is a parked blog with no entries. The anonymity of the internet is a comfort we both enjoy.

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anomalight said...

I'll dare to put my name on my post.

Having been on both sides as well (box and audience), in my opinion, you were late.

I believe, as do others, that showing up at curtain time leaves you with only a sporting chance of seeing the show. Hell, even at 5 minutes prior, you'd better hope there's not a big waiting list.

Four seats together is prime real estate, especially for small theatre. Yes, you bought your tickets, and even had an actual ticket in hand, but rush-ticketing has been around for a long time.

You are not the first, and will not be the last, to feel the sting of not arriving on time and finding your seats sold out from under you.

Your name-calling, grammar, spelling, and (over) use of punctuation suggests you have not been around this community, or this planet, for as long as some of the old-timers. I won't count myself in that group because I've only been in the theatre business for 12 years.

At the end of the day, theatre is a business. Those that produce often, and successfully, will tell you that, yes, it may very well be "all about the money", because they don't survive in this business on kudos and back-slaps alone. "Butts-in-seats" is a motto tossed around the theatre, and when a show does well, as Inviting Desire has, you're damn right they are not going to leave any open seats.

Jeff Woods

Anonymous said...

I hope someone is compiling face's posts for a one person show to be performed at next year's Fertile Ground Festival.

"The Audience Member from Hell"

You can't make this stuff up.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they'd be touched by the tribute. Assuming they can make it to the theatre in time.

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face said...

After reading all these rude and obnoxious posts i decided I want nothing to do with this nonsense. You people are so self consumed that you haven't even posted any information about the show. (If you went). How sad for your friends. I just wanted people to know you shouldn't purchase tickets in advance because your seats are NOT guaranteed. Now of course it is posted on the website but it was not last week. And please for the love of the theater write a play about me! If you can handle a very sick and risque past with an ending of "The Audience member from hell"! oh wait I wasn't in the audience my seats were given to??? Eleanor if I had gone I would of posted a nice and sweet review by now regarding "Inviting Desire" by now, unlike your anonymous friends. Jeff Woods you rock!

Stephen said...

What a strange thread....

Well, my friendship with Eleanor notwithstanding, I've seen enough theatre, both on this coast and the other, to know quality, brave, articulate, committed, thoughtful, and plain old entertaining theatre when I see it.

"Inviting Desire" was a pleasure that I was fortunate to see opening night. Rest assured that when I go again on closing night I will get there plenty early.

Bill Berkshire said...

Great show. I'm glad I went. If you want to see good art, go see it.

Mike M said...

This play was amazing, bold, creative, and something I would have driven for hours to see rather than a 2 minute walk from home to this wonderful new theater...

Annabanana said...

This was an absolutely amazing show. Eleanor, you were amazing (as usual), and every one of your ensemble was a gem as well. Though I have had conversations about sexual desires, fantasies, and preferences, it was satisfying (in many ways) to see fantasies acted out in theater. Bravo, indeed (and thanks for the additions to my 'play' list).

Anonymous said...

I went to see the show the first Friday. It was wonderful! Lots of unique, creative, passionate, artistic juice. :) (D. Lee)

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, that is such bush league "I'm gonna use the intranet!!" blog behavior. First, post a bunch of crazed, half-baked shit. Then go back later and delete it all! If there is anything worse than having your posts deleted by an Admin, it's deleting them yourself.

face, don't give up on those ESL classes.

GoldenAgeMuse said...

I am so glad that you did this Eleanor. This is a medium that is open to exploration, showing the real flavors of women. I watched as a place within me was revealed sending shivers of delight, what fun. The audience was wild, quite a few women laughing like school girls. Coming through the thresh hold, I was glad I came early... I can't wait till you take this to "Off Broadway" as I am sure that there will be standing room only! I was behind a women in line saying it was her 3rd time seeing the show! I think this is just the beginning for you and the wonderful cast of women who became full of life right before my eyes... BRAVO I will be back for more!
Love, Beth Giansiracusa

tricky said...

After seeing the show, my fiancee and I had the hottest sex we've had in weeks!

Amira said...

This production was over the top, thank you Eleanor for creating this container for all of us.... each time this is done in the future will be different. I especially appreciated the structure and how it allowed everyone to bring out their desires, and also left some for imagination.... the acting and performance lifted the entire crowd..... Please bring this to Eugene......

Fawni said...

This show was amazing!! I found myself laughing, crying, holding my hand over my eyes in horror, but peering through my fingers anyway and falling in love!! I was challenged to look at my own fantasies a little closer. Thank you to Eleanor and all of the talented folks who participated in the show. Some of my friends are going back again tonight! It is that good....

Anonymous said...

Loved the play! Loved the chance to see into someone else's fantasy in such a fun way. Yep, I was one of those laughing hard audience members. Go see it! Take your significant other too!

Anonymous said...

i saw people i know from my working life in the audience. that made me tense, wondering if i could relax and get into the performance given the subject matter.
but i was drawn in from the start and forgot about everything else. not every story moved me, but i think that's what was so delightful -- something there for everyone. and great foreplay! brava!!

face said...

Oh finally some reviews! and good ones compared to the mercury blog! Kudos! As for mean Anonymous, nothing I posted was half crazed %$#@! I meant every word I just don't feel like talking to people who are obnoxious without knowing who they are. I have nothing to hide anonymous sorry your so bent up about the truth. did you see the show? or just an angry &*^%$ for no reason what so ever?

face said...

ESL classes? Wow are you that prejudiced? How rude lets hope you are not apart of this production!

Albert Kaufman said...

wow, I really enjoyed your play. So much passion, excitement and realness. I hope it goes on to tour around the world, for I believe people need to see and experience this kind of of raw and intelligent work. Congratulations for a job well done. Hope you're all feeling wonderful - you've spread a lot of joy and entertainment with this work!

Gabriella Cordova said...

Elenor and All,
I died from joy. To see such honest and open sharing of desire from a woman's perspective, to validate it, give it voice, and make it real; you did a great service. I see the format spreading to theaters all over the country and parts of the world (HBO for sure). Thank you for a wonderful night.