Awesome Theatre in SF presents: A naughty play with a naughty title


Some plays have generic, nondescript titles. Other titles remain confusing even after you’ve seen the play, such as a seemingly trivial phrase mentioned only briefly in dialogue.

And then there’s “Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party,” the new comedy by Awesome Theatre playing Thursday nights at PianoFight in San Francisco. The name tells you pretty much all you need to know.

“I think the best part about it is if the title bothers you, you shouldn’t see the play,” says Anthony R. Miller, Awesome Theatre’s executive director, who also wrote the play.

“‘Christian Teen Dolphin-Sex Beach Party’ is the story of a girl named Judy who has a youth group function on the beach with her boyfriend, and through a series of happenstances she is sexually assaulted and impregnated by a dolphin,” he explains. “And because of that, she receives attention from a pastor who has other intentions.”

“She’s kind of thrust in the national spotlight, and it creates this phenomenon of dolphin (expletive) that everyone’s getting in on, from pop stars on down,” says director Colin Johnson, the company’s artistic director.

Miller originally wrote the play in 2015 for the San Francisco Olympians Festival, an annual staged reading series of new plays about Greek mythology by Bay Area playwrights. Miller had pitched an idea for Delphin, the Greek god of dolphins, to Olympians producer Stuart Bousel.

“When I wrote it, I was feeling very defiant, so it was very much me daring Stuart to produce it,” Miller recalls. “I was like, I am going to write the most stupidest thing. In fact, I’m not even going to read about the god! And I’m going to say that in the first two lines! I proceeded to write a paragraph of the stupidest thing I could think of.”

Bousel called his bluff, and then Miller had to actually write …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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