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Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

August 31, 2010
Editor’s Note:  Jorj attends a lot of theater, and many shows twice.
Jorj Re-Visits the Little Red Studio

 

“Ron Richardson has a Good Story to Tell.

I often go to a play more than once.  Revisiting MY LIFE WITH THE LADY with my playwright friend Mari Salinas I was able to see the show through her eyes.  She is a desk manager at a hotel in Kent and has many tales of the hotel.  I wanted her to see LADY because she might create a similar show.  It was sold out and though she didn’t laugh or cry she enjoyed the stories.  She agreed with me that it needs to be more theatrical and yet it’s honesty, just as it is, was enough for us.  But with some live girls and maybe more stories acted out it could run ten years and go to Broadway.  It’s Seattle History, it provides insights into the adult sex industry, and all by someone who was there for 5 years.  Richardson doesn’t have to make anything up.  There’s enough material for a trilogy of plays.  Co-author John Longenbaugh’s craft is apparent throughout the script.  The Little Red Studio on Dexter is the right home for this tryout.

 I still like to push SEX AT DAWN as a new book for anyone interested in questioning the way sex is perceived in the world today.       – Jorj”

Photo by Carl Nelson

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Plays and Such with Jorj Savage

August 21, 2010

Jorj Considers the Allure of the Other Sex

“I’ve been reading the recently published SEX AT DAWN which raises many questions about what sex is and isn’t and it was good background for tonight (8/19) when I made my second visit to The Little Red Studio to this time see MY TIME WITH THE LADY.  My companion and I sat in one of their nooks and watch Ron Richardson tell the story of his days working as a janitor and front desk man at the recently closed LUSTY LADY where women danced for men who  whacked off. Mr. Richardson begins by saying Seattle’s First Ave. has a proud history of whore houses and strip clubs.  He then tells stories while a dancer (Kirsten Lauzon) dances behind a scrim.  John Longenbaugh co-authored the piece and directed.  Longenbaugh and Richardson have been working on it with Mary Cutler since before they knew the Lusty Lady would close.  Many who knew the women of he Lusty Lady  were in the audience and called out when a name was mentioned. The show obviously rang true to those it was about.

MY TIME WITH THE LADY is not yet a play but I suspect it will have legs.  It’s got Seattle history, sex, selected stories that have humor and pathos and a narrator who, after learning life lessions in a classy strip joint, went to college and made good, but always kept his ties with his past.

The Little Red Studio is accepting of sex in a good way and in the context of its stage MY LIFE WITH THE LADY is right on target for the audience there.  But I’d say the play with a little more plot and some songs could be another ANGRY HOUSEWIVES. Only one more week of this run is scheduled.   Jorj”

Photo by Carl Nelson


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