by Leta Tremblay · June 21, 2015
The plays at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg this month are about sex.
What is so important about sex? What does sex tell us about our culture and humanity? How does sex support or destroy relationships?
The participants producing shows in F!ck Fest, a sexival, attempt to answer these questions and a great many more with stories as unique and diverse as the human beings on this planet.
The real tour de force of the sexival (that I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing so far) is Jesse Geguzis’ Fuck Over Fuck Under. In a series of snapshots, we watch as a number of partners negotiate the many layers of identity, desire, and experience within the context of trans and queer sexuality and relationships. A new couple in bed together, a first meeting at a bar, a long distance polyamorous relationship, a bathroom hook up, a complicated and emotionally fraught breakup… All of these moments lead to a collective picture and window into the lives of a few individuals in an often overlooked community.
Geguzis employs an all star cast in this exploration including Jax Jackson, a force playing three distinct roles and consistently capturing a nuanced and natural balance of emotional honesty. Jackson’s scene partners Sophie Hassett (beautifully open and receptive), Victor Cervantes (compassionate, conflicted, and brave), and Morgan Sullivan (both forceful and sensitive) bring genuine characters to the stage as well. Rounding out the ensemble, Torii Pasternak delivers unpretentious sweetness to the real struggle of sharing one’s heart. This struggle is richly expressed throughout each story as evidenced by the question posed in the promotional description; “How do you share your experiences with someone who doesn’t understand your world?” With the strong direction of Maybe Burke, Geguzis brilliantly attempts an answer that is thorough and unapologetic without talking down to the audience or attempting to teach. These characters exist on stage because they do in life. And that is a beautiful thing.