KANSAS CITY - The Respectful Prostitute, directed by James Weber, is showing at the 2017 KC Fringe Festival on July 22, 25, 27, and 29 at the Unicorn Theatre’s Jerome Stage. This social commentary about corrupt politics, homosexual oppression, the power of white privilege, and the criminalization of black men was written by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1946 and blatantly addresses the suffocating racial tension, gender bias, sexual oppression, and stereotyping of the era.
She&Her Productions’ adaptation takes place in a present-day setting, but only had to be slightly altered for modernity, because these seemingly-antiquated circumstances are still entirely relevant.
The first character seen is THE PROSTITUTE, who has just moved to Montgomery, Ala. She’s found a new client and things are looking up . . . until THE NEGRO starts banging on her door. He’s being chased by an angry mob and is wanted by law enforcement for the crime of a white man, a crime she bore witness to - and, though she wants to be a good person, she refuses to help him.
“Please, ma’am, please. Please tell them that I didn’t do anything.”
The production features local Kansas City actors Jennifer Coville, Cori Anne Weber, Stevie Haynes, and Peter Leondedis, and will incorporate multimedia projections to help convey its message of introspection and social accountability. The play contains sensitive-yet-necessary content that many will find disturbing and is not appropriate for young audiences. Tickets are $10 in addition to the one-time purchase of the $5 Fringe Festival admission button.
Visit www.rpfringekc.wordpress.com for show times. More info at www.sheandherproductions.com.