Written & Performed by Xandra Clark
Directed by Molly Clifford
Polylogues is a funny, investigative, weird solo show about the ordinariness of something so often sensationalized: open relationships. Using verbatim monologues from interviews, Polylogues guides us through the myriad ways people are queering the “normal” relationship structure. Playwright/performer Xandra is less like an actor and more like a medium, listening on headphones to the interviews as she performs them. By providing anonymity to each interviewee, she channels voices that could never be heard if the storytellers’ identities were known, since the majority of them are not out. Though a solo show, Polylogues forges a living polyamorous community on the stage with a diverse, joyfully adventurous set of voices that is (currently) near impossible to gather in everyday life—from a senior citizen who’s been poly for decades to a child worried about her open parents; from liberals in a commune to conservative evangelical swingers; and from celebrations of empowerment to harsh critiques of how nonmonogamy perpetuates patriarchy and white supremacy. Polylogues examines what 21st century folks want in relationships, what we’re afraid of, and the ways in which tradition attempts to contain us.
Excerpts have been shown at Judson Church, Queer Abstract/Starr Bar, Caveat, Theaterlab, Undiscovered Countries/Bizarre Bushwick, The Green Room, numerous house shows, and even an engagement party...
The first full showing will be presented by The Tank from November 29 to December 1, 2018, at 7pm each night.