Fund for New American Plays

Hot 'n' Throbbing

American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA

An outrageous farce with a disturbing subject, Hot 'n' Throbbing boldly addresses the topic of pornography. Estranged from an alcoholic husband who is under court order to stay away from her and their two teenage children because of his violent behavior, The Woman writes pornographic film scripts to support her family. Ironically, she chose her present job because it allows her to work at home, supposedly ensuring a happier family. The play explores the consequences of habitual abuse of the imagination, and its obvious links to domestic violence.

Paula Vogel has been Director of the Graduate Playwriting Workshop at Brown University since 1985. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, her plays have been performed at theaters such as the Lortel Theatre and Circle Repertory in New York, the American Repertory Theatre, the Goodman, the Magic Theatre, Center Stage, and Alley Theatre, as well as throughout Canada, England, Brazil, Chile, and Spain. The Baltimore Waltz won the Obie for Best Play in 1992, and her anthology The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays has been published by Theatre Communications Group. Other plays included in the anthology are Hot 'n' Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, and The Oldest Profession. Other awards include the recent Pew Charitable Trust Senior Residency Award, a 1995 Guggenheim, the AT&T New Plays Award, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship, Radcliffe College's Bunting Fellowship, New Dramatists membership, and the Governor's Award for the Arts. She has recently become a member of The Usual Suspects at New York Theatre Workshop. She is currently working on her film The Oldest Profession with Fred Berner and Olympia Dukakis. The Mineola Twins is slated to be produced at Perseverance Theatre in November 1996 and the New York Theatre Workshop in spring 1997. She has completed a new play, How I Learned To Drive, and is working on a new screenplay, Under.

Director: Anne Bogart
Set Designer: Christine Jones
Lighting Designer: John Ambrosone
Costume Designer: Jenny Fulton
Sound Designer: Christopher Walker
Featured Performers: Diane D'Aquila, Randall Jaynes, Amy Louise Lammert, Alexandria Loria, Royal Miller, Jack Willis.
Running Dates: April 14-May 14, 1994

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