OF CAKE & VANITY was my senior performance thesis at NYU Tisch School of the Arts UG Drama Experimental Theater Wing.
Cast (In Order of Appearance):
Shelly: Chris Andrae
The Masc. Clones: Andrew Chung, Rebecca Hidalgo, Sam Im, Lindsay Wolff
Marshall: José Rivera, Jr.
Conceived and Directed by José Rivera, Jr.
Choreo by José and the Cast
Sound Design & Composition by Will P. Johnson, Lyrics by José
Lighting Design by Alexis Durso
Live Mixing by Ieva Duchess Urbaite
Live Video Art by Ryan Grippi, José Rivera, Jr., Ieva Duchess Urbaite, Austion Woolfolk and Shu Zhu
Advised by Paul Langland
Recorded: April 27th at 9:30pm (Closing Performance)
OF CAKE & VANITY is a fairytale about a young man whose wish to be anyone but himself becomes a fantastic reality when he is consumed by the beast he is so obsessed with - a sexy, sweaty, gay body.
A hybrid of Theater & Performance Art, this piece will consist of Dance created in collaboration with the Actors, Fashion, Original Music (Acoustic into EDM), and Live Video Art.
With themes in body image, identity, and physical/aesthetic perception, OF CAKE & VANITY will be an exploration of the homogenization of gay body culture, and how this all fits into the new insta-sex culture created by apps like Grindr, Scruff, Tinder etc.