directed by Kristin J Heckler
written in collaboration with Sarah Raimondi, Jacob Sebastian & Pauline Sherrow
co-production with MCS Theatre
February 8-24th, 2019
357 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
EXPOSED is a devised theater piece inspired by true events, fictionalized by writers Kristin Heckler, Jacob Sebastian Phillips, Sarah Raimondi, and Pauline Sherrow. Lauren, a college freshman chooses to do adult films to pay for her tuition. When Lauren's secret is discovered she is bombarded with harassment from fellow students, social media and talk show hosts. She defends all of these criticisms with grace and intelligence, but are the consequences worth it?
The script was created through improvisation, original dialogue, text and audio from interviews, blog posts and tweets. Naturalistic scenes, centering on a familiar coming of age story, juxtapose choreographed pornography scenes.
This piece was originally conceived and performed at the New School for Drama April 30, 2015. The second, expanded production took place at Shetler Studios September 9-12, 2015 under the title, #Pornstar University. Most recently, Exposed was performed at The Producer's Club Feb 2-18th, 2017. The text was created from improvisations generated by the entire team, then compiled into a script by Kristin Heckler. Several scenes use exact text from interviews, articles and online posts from the original incident occuring in 2014. Each production has been directed by Kristin and performed by Sarah, Jacob and Pauline.
"This play is an excellently crafted exploration of sexuality, gender and pornography...This production does one of the most difficult things in any storytelling endeavor, it builds a dialogue with its audience with an honest but not all knowing script which doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable or contradictory. It challenges and takes care of the audience. "
- Hi Drama New York, NY
"'Exposed' manages to empathize with Weeks’ experiences while still highlighting the concerns and issues regarding feminism and pornography. The play does not treat the consequences of porn stardom lightly, but does challenge viewers to see it in a new light. Overall, the play is an effective way to promote discussions about misogyny, sexual discrimination and the rights of sex workers."
- Washington Square News New York, NY