Voices in the Life Presented by Nevada Shakespeare Company (NSC)
VOICES IN THE LIFE is a new play consisting of real-life monologues, shedding light on prostitution in Nevada from the early mining days of Virginia City to present day. It is Co-Created and Produced by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Producer and Reno resident Norman Stephens, and Co-Created and Directed by Nevada Arts Council Fellowship recipient Cameron Crain. The intent of the play is to provid...e a provocative forum for public discussion about this topical and controversial subject.
From the "soiled doves" of Virginia City in the mid-1800's to the to the trafficked teens of today, the goal of the production is to engage and educate audience members about the real life stories and struggles related to prostitution in Nevada. VOICES tells the stories of "working girls," "madams," and "johns," in a series of monologues by a collection of Nevada and National playwrights, including Tony Award Winner John Pielmeier, Oscar nominated author, Richard Friedenberg as well as Reno authors Maggy Anthony, author of IMPOSSIBLY BLONDE: MARILYN AT 77 and Sage Ridge School and Yale graduate, Sarah DeLappe.
The character stories have originated with the words of working and surviving prostitutes themselves. Recently, a treasure trove of material was discovered in Reno, Nevada chronicling the personal details of hundreds of women who worked at the infamous Mustang Ranch from the mid-1960's through the early 1970's. Other resources include dozens of interviews of sex industry survivors, current prostitutes working outside and inside the brothels, "madams," cops, cab drivers, government officials and the voices of the "johns" who buy sex. Excerpts of Jane McCormicks' stunning new book, BREAKING MY SILENCE: CONFESSIONS OF A RAT PACK CALL GIRL, are also included.
The premier of VOICES will take place on July 19 & 20 at the Nevada Museum of Art in conjunction with the famous Artown Festival. Each performance will be followed with a "talk back" or question and answer session, hosted by one of the authors and celebratory. Auditions will be held in Reno during the spring and will be open to the professional acting community of northern Nevada (we collaborate with Nevada Casting as well as the Reno Theatre Alliance to help promote auditions). The Production and Design team boasts over 100 years of professional theatre experience, led by Crain and Stephens, including Robin Monteith, costume designer, Larry Seymour, Technical Director and Rick Patton, Lighting Designer.
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160 W. Liberty Street
Reno, NV 89501