Preview by Jack Foley
FOLLOWING the success of last year’s The Happiness Compartment,
NXT continues its association with the Greenwich Playhouse
with another premiere of a play first seen in New York - namely,
the provocatively titled, The Erotica Project.
Described by New York's Newsday as 'the latest and boldest wrinkle
in the take charge age of female sexuality heralded by Madonna
and consecrated by Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues',
The Erotica Project is confrontational, literate, confessional,
and poetic, in the way in which it combines graphic sexual material
with an aesthetic that is haunting, poignant, comic and often
It is infused with all the passion, angst, confusion and fun
of real women exploring their sexuality on their own terms.
And it has been hailed by many as a joyous defiance of both the
Religious Right and the Politically Correct.
Adds New York's Village Voice: "In an age when desire is
in danger of becoming just another source of anxiety, it’s
nice to sit back with a friend and listen to the old-fashioned
sounds of hushed pleas and wicked groans."
The Erotica Project was co-written by Lillian Ann Slugocki
and Erin Cressida Wilson. It stars Dionne Atwill, Marina Burton,
Laura Churchill, Polly Henson, Rebecca Pollock and Laura Rugg.
Lillian has been developing and writing award-winning programs
in radio, television and theatre for over 15 years for such venues
as NPR, The Public Theatre, Naked Angels, New Georges, and in
Cannes, Edinburgh and London.
In 1997, she aired The Erotica
Project on WBAI Radio in New York for the first time before
inviting playwright, Erin Cressida Wilson, and director, John
Gould Rubin, to collaborate on a series of broadcasts that later
evolved into off-Broadway theatre productions.
Erin, meanwhile, is a critically-acclaimed and internationally-produced
playwright and screenwriter.
She has been honoured by the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation
and the California Arts Council. Her plays are published by Smith
In 2003, Erin wrote the stunningly sexy and controversial film
Formed in 1985, NXT (New Cross Theatre) is a South East London
based company whose work is informed by, and in response to, the
voice and vision of the writer.
Distinctive in its development is the relationship between research
and practice through the promotion of new work, publications and
collaboration with international arts organizations and universities.
Over the past 15 years, NXT has developed working connections
with theatre companies in Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Germany,
Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Yugoslavia; as
well as in the Republic of Ireland, Canada and the United States;
and has performed in Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Giessen, Rome,
Valencia, Boston, Columbus (Ohio), Minneapolis, Washington DC,
Toronto and Montreal.
Since its inception, NXT has premiered works by David Mamet (The
Woods), Heiner Muller (Quartet), Enzo Cormann (Exiles),
David Bown (The Wedding, Stand), Steven Dykes (A
Light Gathering of Dust, Kolonists), and Thomas Brussig (Heroes
In October 2003, NXT produced the British premiere of Steven
Dykes’ The Happiness Compartment at the Greenwich Playhouse
and is delighted to announce its return to the venue for The