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The Penis Monologues

When:

Sat 16 Feb 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 23 Feb 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 2 Mar 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 9 Mar 2013, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Scotty and Mal's Cocktail and Lounge Bar, 176 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R20

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $15.00
  • Groups (6 or more): $13.00
  • Fringe addict card: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: windyPAE

Real stories written by real men about real penises (mainly), compiled and performed by Tommy Truss

The first thing Tommy Truss says about this piece is, “Obviously it’s my version of The Vagina Monologues,” and he adds with a laugh, “but I’ve never seen or read The Vagina Monologues.” He continues, “I was in the States when The Vagina Monologues first came out, and it was being performed everywhere, from Broadway to women’s shelters. I remember thinking how great it was to talk about things that don’t always get voiced, to tackle the fear and non communication around ‘private parts’...interesting choice of words, right?! And here it is, almost 20 years after The Vagina Monologues opened and that fear and silence is still going on!”

He continues, “In the States recently a female government representative was banned from her own state capital building because she said the word vagina while they were legislating on abortion. And just because men are still dominant in most cultures, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have a good understanding or relationship with their penises, let alone can talk about them, and for me The Penis Monologues is a response to that climate and condition.”

Like Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, Truss sent out a call to blokes asking them to write original works based on their experiences, stories and relationship with their penis. Truss says, “I thought I would get a ton of monologues but I didn’t, I only got a few; and that tells me guys, for whatever reason, don’t wanna talk, write or share stories about their penises. I even gave the option for it all to be anonymous yet I got way fewer than expected. I’m not complaining, I‘m just surprised. But the writings I did get are brilliant! There are confessionals, rants and raves, songs, sex tales and facts. I’ve assembled a joke section and...well, it’s a proper mix.”

This world premierre of The Penis Monologues is a one man show where Truss performs each monologue as a different character, from the lisping queen to the testosterone charged stud and even a woman who “strapped one on.”

Following in the Fringe’s custom of performances happening throughout Wellington, Truss set about to find “male dominated spaces that aren’t typically used as theatres.” The response, like the call for monologues, was less than favorable. “I went to at least a dozen spaces that cater almost exclusively to men, from clothing stores to various men-focused-clubs, and the general answer was, ‘This performance is not inline with our product.’ One person even said, ‘Even though this is a men’s clothing store, I don’t want to be associated with penises.’” Truss queries, “If guys don’t wanna talk about their member and men’s stores and clubs don’t want to be connected to penises, what does that mean?” He answers, “It means it’s time for The Penis Monologues!”

With all the rejections for locations Truss ended up finding an excellent spot to do his show, the basement of S and M’s Bar on Cuba St. As he says, “It’ll be great. The audience can grab a cocktail and hear some cocktales.”

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