Friday, February 12, 2016

Theatre

A Bite of Reality

The Hooker Monologues set to take the stage March 9-13

Esther Shannon, FHAC/CBC image

 

Carmen talks to CBC about what it was like being a sex trade worker.

 

or the first time ever, sex workers and their allies take to the stage to deliver The Hooker Monologues, a heart-stopping performance that transports audiences straight into the world of BC's sex trade workers.

 

Directed by celebrated Vancouver theatre producer, Mindy Parfitt, the ten-woman cast tell stories faithful to their experience - true stories that are poignant, hilarious and, sometimes, agonizing.  This is honest to the core, cutting-edge theatre. 

The Hooker Monologues' ten-woman cast works under the expert direction of Vancouver theatre veteran, Mindy Parfitt. A team of Vancouver sex workers and their allies met for well over a year to craft dovetailing stories that command attention. This production will prove to be unforgettable.

Cast member Carmen Shakti has worked as an inside sex worker in Vancouver for 6 years.

"I want our audiences to know that Iím a real person who works with real people and that I love my job. We hope the Monologues will move people, will help them park their disapproval of sex workers, and understand something of the hostility we face."

Maggie de Vries, a Vancouver writer and teacher, is another cast member. Her book Missing Sarah tells the story of her sister who worked as a DTES sex worker and went missing in 1998. Four years later, Sarahís DNA was found on the farm of serial killer Robert Pickton.

"I wish I could have listened to Sarah without trying to change or rescue her," Maggie says. "In the end, my story poses an essential question: Why do we have such a hard time listening to what sex workers tell us about their lives and work?"

Tickets are on sale now - only $15 each. Itís a really amazing show, so perhaps you can come from the Valley to check us out?

 

Watch a 15-minute CBC The National clip here.

 

To buy tickets and for more information about this and other productions, visit www.firehallartscentre.ca

 

Firehall Arts Centre is located at 280 E Cordova St., Vancouver BC. Website  Facebook    

 

 

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