The Sex Myth: A Devised Play is coming to New York City!
With the support of more than 500 backers on social justice crowdfunding platform StartSomeGood, and a diverse, star-studded cast creating their own intimate and personal content, we’re hosting our first major production at the historic HERE Theater in West Soho from August 16-20, 2017.
The Sex Myth: A Devised Play is an episodic show that sparks transformative conversations about sexuality amongst audiences and performers, proving that the pleasurable isn’t just deeply personal, but also political.
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Meet the Cast
Jari Jones is a black trans multi-faceted artist residing in New York. With her start in musical theater, Jari has graced some of New York’s greatest stages, performing in productions such as Disney’s High School Musical, Ragtime and recently a 2 year run of Lin Manuel’s In The Heights. Jari later shifted into fashion, building a successful career as a fashion and editorial photographer, but quickly became internationally recognized as a LGBTQ and body positive public figure in front of the camera as well. Jari has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, NYLON, and The Advocate for her insight on fashion within politics, body positivity, and LGBTQ community building and relationships. Jari along with her girlfriend have also been recently spotlighted in the acclaimed exhibit Perpetual Revolutions: The Image and Social Change at the ICP ( International Center of Photography) and a number of other International galleries highlighting Trans-Lesbian Relationships and Queer Bodied Empowerment. Jari dedicates her artistry in all mediums to uplift and launch careers of marginalized artists and the people who support them.
Jennie Runk is an American model represented by JAG Models in New York. Born in Georgia and raised in Missouri, Jennie was discovered in a Petsmart while volunteering for a cat adoption service. A proud (and recently married!) member of the LGBTQ community, Jennie is passionate about inclusion and empowerment for all people. Considered plus-size by the fashion industry, Jennie recently starred in the H&M summer swimwear campaign, graced the April cover of Marie Claire France and will be starring in the Straight/Curve documentary where she’ll share her compelling perspective on the future of her industry. IG @jennierunk
Non Kuramoto is an actor, comedian, and feminist-art-slut. At Northeastern University, where she is a rising senior, she has performed in Antigone, Columbinus, and House of Bernarda Alba. She co-founded the Northeastern Shakespeare Society and has designed and built costumes for three productions. When not on or off-stage, she can be found covered in paint or shooting people with a camera. She spends the rest of her time musing about fashion as the Editor-In-Chief of The Avenue.
You can hear Non’s voice at a variety of mics around New York City and Boston, or on her theatre-centric podcast Where’s Julie?
Darius is a company member and administrative assistant of The Family Repertory Company where he has taught and performed since 2015. His most notable credits include Christian in Ruined at the Athens & Epidaurus Festival in Greece, Hal Carter in Picnic, and most recently, Conduit #2 in Adonis Memories, an immersive experience. He is absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to perform in The Sex Myth: A Devised Play this Summer!
Claire Beaudreault is New Orleans-born, Los Angeles/Philippines/West Virginia-bred rapper-slash-actress. A founding member of irreverent, semi-viral feminist hip-hop group Hand Job Academy, she performs and releases music as Clara Bizna$$. Acting credits include Miranda in The Tempest, Helga in Cabaret, and “tattooed hipster” in the background of every TV show that shoots in NYC. Once upon a time, she was a character performer at Walt Disney World. Claire earned her BFA in Puppetry from West Virginia University, and dreams of appearing in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Twitter and Instagram: @ClaraBiznass
Sergio Castillo is an actor, writer, director, and producer for both theatre and film. His NYC acting credits include: Audience Participation (Manhattan Repertory Theatre Festival Winner), The Prenup (Strawberry Festival Finalist), Dust (Third Room Productions), Kristina (August Strindberg Repertory Theatre), The Councilwoman (West Village Musical Theatre Festival), After (End Rape Now), Plutus (Curious Frog Theatre Company), The Taming of the Shrew (Queens Players), The Bald Soprano (Dance New Amsterdam), and Hello Out There (Dance New Amsterdam). He completed his MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School; Pace University. Since graduating he has directed and starred in six films: My Brooklyn (Praxis Culture Films) Have You Ever Been With A Latin Guy? (Praxis Culture Films), Coda For A Dream (Praxis Culture Films), No Translation (Praxis Culture Films), Lonely Ciphers (Working Class Films), and Never Worn (Working Class Films). Sergio has served on the Brooklyn Arts Council and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
Sherill-Marie is a Master of Arts candidate in NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program (Spring 2018). Her most recent work has been rooted in immersive, improvised, and devised theatre alongside companies such as The Murder Mystery Company, People’s Theatre Project, and Fantasy Theatre Factory. Additional theatre credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette), Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret), and Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo). A native of Union City, NJ, Sherill-Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity and Race Studies from Columbia University. In her spare time, she tries to come as close as she can to flying, through aerial arts.
Shaan, 28, is a flâneur, songfish, and writer of ontology. While his pen inclines primarily toward the dialogical metaphysics of consciousness and the abstract language in which it is enveloped, he too remarks regularly upon broad cultural and political tectonics under the nom de guerre Sach Dev. When his voice is not impelled toward conceptual courtship, it animates a scraggly musical persona known as The Dignity of Solomon Shah. With gratitude and vim, he inaugurates his disclosure within New York theater – HERE.
Meet the Team
Hanne Larsen – Director
The creator and founding director of The Sex Myth: A Devised Play, Hanne Larsen is a recent graduate of the theater program at Northeastern University. She is trained in voice, movement, and devised theater, all of which have influenced and inspired her work on this production. Previous credits incude the roles of Clara in The Phantom Lady, Chorus in columbinus, Angustias in The House of Bernarda Alba, and Becky in The Heidi Chronicles. A passionate dancer, Hanne has also completed an internship with Urbanity Dance Company.
Isabel Quinzaños Alonso – Assistant Director
Isabel is a director, educator, and administrator, who has worked in the UK, Switzerland, and her homeland, Mexico. She recently moved to New York from London, where she was working as an Assistant Director and managing the Education Department at Out of Joint, a touring theater company based in the UK. Isabel trained in Theater Directing at Drama Centre London, and has an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths University. A passionate feminist, and obsessive Microsoft Excel user, Isabel is always in search of the perfect doughnut.
Rachel Hills – Producer
Rachel Hills is a New York-based (born in Sydney, Australia) journalist, activist and author of THE SEX MYTH, who is interested in the space where the personal meets the political, or what she calls “the politics of everyday life.” Rachel’s work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, TIME, NYMag.com, the New Republic, the New Inquiry, Daily Beast, Vogue, and more. Rachel is the founder of Break The Sex Myth, a feminist arts and activist organization that uses events, media, and live conversation to transform our public discourse on gender and sexuality. Twitter @rachelhills / IG @msrachelhills
Eh-Den Perlove – Production Manager
Eh-den Perlove has worked in arts administration throughout NYC since moving from Georgia six years ago. She has worked for various companies, including The Public, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New Group, Third Rail Project, and Witness Relocation. She has managed performances shown at Abrons Art Center, Oberon ART, The Signature Theater, La MAMA, The Public, Joe’s Pub, The New Ohio, and more. She was also one of the event organizers for the Women’s March on Washington-NYC National Chapter. She is currently the Political Operations chair for Forward March. She is currently working on her Masters through Savannah College of Art and Design.
Katie Eelman – Associate Producer
Katie Eelman is the media & events director at Papercuts J.P., an award-winning independent bookstore in Boston. She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the store’s publishing imprint, Cutlass Press. Katie is a passionate feminist, animal lover, and ice cream connoisseur.
Dana Edell – Associate Producer
Dana is an activist-scholar-artist and the executive director of SPARK Movement, an intergenerational girls’ activist organization working towards anti-racist gender justice. She was the co-founder and executive director of of viBe Theater Experience (2002-2012) and has directed and produced more than 70 original theater productions and 7 albums of original music written and performed by girls and young women about social justice issues in theaters, in the street and at the United Nations. Through her writing, presentations and media appearances, she advocates for girls’ activism and the need for performing arts experiences for girls. Dana was co-chair of the Girls’ Participation Task Force at the UN and she teaches Theatre and Activism at NYU and CUNY.