Adrienne Truscott's (Still) Asking For It
Written and Created by Adrienne Truscott
Directed and Developed by Ellie Heyman
Adrienne Truscott’s (Still) Asking For It (A Stand-Up Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else!) is a sex-positive, seriously funny, unflinching and nuanced show about rape culture. Its first iteration, performed in 2013, was a ribald provocation that came for everyone: comedians, rapists, lazy rape-apologists, and the ding-a-ling chodes who think women aren’t funny.
Demanding "widespread" awareness of our culture's shortcomings, Asking For It was integral to increasing the volume of the conversations that fueled the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. It laid the groundwork for Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and, in the midst of seemingly never-ending accusations against men in positions of power, not to mention “apologies”, “second chances” and “comebacks” by celebrities and other public figures, Asking For It has become more painfully relevant with time. Truscott wryly notes the irony: it's a goldmine for a comedian, and a nightmare if you're a woman.
Dressed only from the waist up and the ankles down, “brilliantly bold” (Times UK) creator Adrienne Truscott will be joined onstage by cast members Shamika Cotton (The Wire), Jenn Kidwell (Underground Railroad Game), and Mari Moriarty (Jet of Blood). The run will also feature different special guests - comedians, sexual assault survivors, anti-harassment allies and more - at each performance. Those guests include Mariam Bazeed, Becca Blackwell, Carolyn Castiglia, Kerry Coddett, Amanda Duarte, Ophira Eisenberg, Negin Farsad, Martha Graham Cracker (aka Dito Van Reigersberg), Marisela Grajeda Gonzalez, Jenn Harris, Jeff Hiller, Krishna Istha, Nikole Marone, Aparna Nancherla, Gus Solomons jr, Dane Terry, Neruda Williams, Angel Yau, and more to be announced.
(Still) Asking For It reveals how jokes tickle, thrill, enrage, or rile – when the storytellers bring vastly different lived experiences to the same provocative material. Imagine The Aristocrats if it were rooted in material that matters...and performed without pants.
“It's so exhilarating to see the ugliness of rape discourse taken on, and bested, not with humourlessness or censoriousness, but with firecracker wit, sophistication and luminous humanity.”— The Guardian
Production Note: This production contains nudity below the waist. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212-967-7555.
This show will run 75 minutes with no intermission.
$25 / $20 Public Theater Supporters & Partners
Doors for 7PM shows open at 6PM
Doors for 9:30PM shows open at 9PM