2022 NEXT! Staged Reading Series: Locker Room Talk
Locker Room Talk
Written and Directed by Karen Butler
- “To overthrow fusty gender stereotypes… toss humor at ‘em! Locker Room Talk, a good-natured skewering of the patriarchy, speculates how women and men fell to disorder. The answer lies back with the ancients who taught Homo sapiens to think—would they had taught us to think straight! It’s hard to fathom, but the sages—Homer, Ovid, Henry James and their ilk—indulged in common locker room talk, and our world suffers the slings and arrows for it to this day. Alarms blare. How to fix this before too late? Delving into our ancestral and even animal past, a troupe of rackety actors hurtle through ancient literature, underworld myth, and 19th century novels, knocking against Fate and rickety shibboleths. They play on surges of theatrical absurdism as alarms sound and civilization teeters. In the grand scheme of things, does the human species even matter? Of course we do; we know love.”
The NEXT! play-reading series continues its mission to celebrate and inspire Central New York playwrights, as well as to introduce their work to a larger audience. Giving playwrights the ability to collaborate with local directors and performers, this series also welcomes the valuable feedback from the public which is critical to the development of any new work. Three plays are selected each year on the basis of their literary and artistic merit, and are presented free to the public.