Feminism, Objectification, and “Hypocrites & Strippers” Explored at RTP In Late April
Hypocrites & Strippers is coming to the Richmond Triangle Player from April 30th to May 17th.
In a scandalous tale of sex, selling out and social stigma, Eva DeVirgilis will be playing Jyl, a girl who can’t help but be attracted to strippers. It’s the first time the play will be performed on the East Coast, and Director Dexter Ramey said DeVirgilis has been sensational.
“Wow, working with the whirling dervish dynamo that is Eva has been amazing. She came into rehearsal excited and willing to do what it takes to bring Jyl and her story to life,” Ramey said. “Sometimes I find myself just watching in complete amazement at her rapid fire and dead on character changes. Really a treat to work with an actress so committed to a project.”
Beneath the rich humor is a sentimental love story dealing with how women, and strippers in particular, are viewed in society. Ramey’s ability to meld humor and emotion is clear when asked what he thought the plot’s most interesting aspect is.
“Having a stripper pole on the set is pretty interesting. However I feel that the story and how the character struggles to reconcile her feminist and liberal beliefs about the objectification of women to her attraction to lesbian strippers,” Ramey said.
Hypocrites & Strippers was written by Kim Yaged, and a passage of it was included in Best Women’s Monologues for the 21st Century. Yaged is even working on an animated web series based on Hypocrites & Strippers.
Meanwhile, Dexter Ramey is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of the show’s premiere.
“Yes indeed we have some surprises up our sleeve for sure, but it will cost you a ticket to find out what they are. I am always excited about the audience reaction to our work,” Ramey said.
“Expect the unexpected. We have turned this into multimedia project utilizing music, sounds, and images to highlight the story. Seriously, with a title like Hypocrites & Strippers do you really want to know what to expect?”
The show opens at the Richmond Triangle Players theater (1300 Altamont Avenue) at 8 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday from April 30th to May 17th. Tickets are $30 for Friday and Saturday shows, and $28 for Thursday and Sunday shows, with discounts available for groups and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rtriangle.org or by calling their box office at 804-346-8113.
I’m a spring intern at RVA Mag and GayRVA. I recently got my degree in journalism from Virginia Tech, where I also wrote for the Collegiate Times newspaper. I spent the first half of my life as an impatient New Yorker, but I grew up here in Richmond, buying skateboards from Dominion, seeing shows at Alley Katz, and watching VCU Rams basketball games. I like everything bagels, wasting my money on clothes I don’t need, moombahton music, and cycling. I probably fell down putting on my pants this morning.
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