“It’s sensual” said Ayana Obika-Clayborne about this Friday’s event “The Secret of the Pearl.” “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” “The Secret of the Pearl” is a night of dance, spoken word, theater, and music aimed at the lesbian community as it celebrates the beauty of womanhood and the secrets that lie within.
“The Secret of the Pearl” is written by Jessica Holter of the Punany Poets – a creative group that calls itself “Sex Education Theater.” They claim they are “Saving Lives, one rhyme at a time” using sexually provocative theater and performance across the country. They gained fame some years ago after appearing on an episode of HBO’s Real Sex. This is where Obika-Clayborne first saw them and was inspired. Holter, Punany Poet’s writer said “The Secret of the Pearl” moves away form the groups original target of heterosexual audiences, and hopes to inspire those in the lesbian community to have open discussions about sex and sexuality.
Obika-Clayborne said she was particularly excited to bring a show like this to Richmond, to support a community she feels has a lack of social options in Richmond. “There’s really not a lot here geared toward a lesbian audience.” Obika-Clayborne mentioned that of the notable gay clubs in Richmond, there is really only one option that is established particularly for lesbians – Babe’s. “They might enjoy going to those clubs, but they don’t want to go there every weekend.” she said. But, at the same time, she specified “The Secret” wasn’t just for the lesbian crowd.
“Hopefully people will come in and leave their inhibitions at the door,” said Obika-Clayborne. “It’s for couples, for singles – beautiful dance, poetry, music… and a couple of surprises.” Be sure to find out what some of those surprises are this Friday
Proceeds from the event will go to support Richmond’s LGBT youth.