She&Her Productions’ The Respectful Prostitute is showing at KC Fringe
“There is no truth; there’s only whites and blacks. That’s all.”
The Respectful Prostitute, directed by James Weber, is a disturbing social commentary about corrupt politicians, the power of white privilege and entitlement, and the criminalization of black men that touches on themes of LGBT oppression and social injustice. Written by existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1946, it 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 lightly altered for modernity, because these seemingly-antiquated circumstances are still entirely relevant – which makes you wonder why, over 7 decades later, we continue lamenting over things we haven’t changed, but could.
“Please, ma’am, please. Please tell them that I didn’t do anything.”
The first character we see is THE PROSTITUTE, who has just moved to Montgomery, Alabama. 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 help him. Would you let him in, or would you turn the other way?
So many of us publicly voice our hatred of prejudice and bigotry, yet when our ‘racist friend’ says something awful, we awkwardly laugh or shrug it off to avoid conflict. If we aren’t strong enough to stand up and say something, does that make us racist, too?
“Do you suppose that a whole town could be mistaken?”
An accessory to murder can still go to jail even though they didn’t kill anybody… does that make them a murderer, too? After all is said and done, we hope that no one will leave this show without having taken some moments of self-reflection.
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. Catch it at the Unicorn Theatre’s Jerome Stage on Saturday, July 22nd @ 6:30pm, Tuesday, July 25th @8:00pm, Thursday, July 27th @ 9:30pm, or Saturday, July 29th @ 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 in addition to the one-time purchase of the $5 Fringe Festival admission button.
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Show Rating: R
Cast and Crew
Cori Anne Weber
Producer: Tiffany Coville-Schweigert
Director: James Weber
Stage Manager: Nicole Brewer
Scene Design: Doug Schroeder
Props: Melissa Loper
Costumes: Kimberly Thompson
Photos: James Weber
Graphic/Web/Media Design: Cori Anne Weber
Marketing/Press Coordinator: Cori Anne Weber
Script Adaptation: Cori Anne Weber, James Weber, Lewis Morrow
She&Her Productions can be contacted via the following channels:
Company Website- www.sheandherproductions.com
Show/Event Website- www.rpfringekc.wordpress.com
Facebook Event Page- www.facebook.com/events/1523942301010224
Cori Anne Weber