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June 17th, 2019 - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
The Here And Now
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"For the uninitiated, the word “slash” is fan fiction parlance for stories that imagine your favorite pop characters as gay lovers. It’s also the title of Leah Hennessey and Emily Allan’s two-woman play, a visceral and rollicking hour-plus ride that weaves together scenes of repressed homoerotic desire bubbling to the surface between everyone from Betty and Veronica to Johnny Marr and Morrissey. Slash evokes the feeling of free-falling down a forum fanfic rabbithole, toggling between 40 tabs of gay fantasy at the same time. This past winter, Hennessey and Allan cultivated rabid fans of their fanfic spectacular during a four-month run at the Chinatown art gallery MX, among them theatre heavyweights like John Cameron Mitchell and David Johansen. And now they’re taking an even bigger stage at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater for a one-night performance on June 12.

Putting together Slash was a research-intensive process for Hennessey and Allan, who wrote and star together in the play. In addition to drawing from their teen years spent hanging around comic shops and reading feminist theory (Susan Sontag and Camilla Paglia feature in one sketch), the duo was informed by lots of scrolling through the obscure pages of devianart, vidding websites, and BowieNet. The pair shared with us some of the geekiest gems they found along the way."

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