This will be interesting. The play is inspired by last year’s Waking Life coffee shop scandal. Here’s the press release:
Written and directed by local playwright Toni Sherwood as part of the Catalyst Production Series at NC Stage, this satire of the Manosphere has sparked discussion among the community before it even hit the stage.
In the “Manosphere,” men view relationships with women as games to be won. Inspired by actual events, Red Pill Diaries is a scathing, satirical, and critical look at the behaviors (and underlying culture that makes such behaviors possible) of the Red Pill Movement.
What is the Red Pill Movement? The term was borrowed from The Matrix. The Matrix Wiki explains it this way, “’You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.’ The term red pill refers to a human that is aware of the true nature of the Matrix.”
The Red Pill Movement is a group of like-minded men connected virtually via reddit who feel they are aware of the true nature of male/female relationships. They adhere to a philosophy that demonizes feminists and calls decent men ‘beta losers’, blaming them all for the disastrous state of the world. Their dating strategy is all about conquest. One method used to approach a woman who rates a ‘9’ or a ‘10’ is to shake their confidence by ‘negging’ them; a psychological poke meant to show her that he doesn’t think she’s so great, in order to get beyond her ‘bitch shield’, as they call it.
In the tradition of Saturday Night Live, this play takes a serious subject and spins it in a satirical way, complete with song parodies, dance numbers, and a generous dash of absurdity.
The play stars local actors John Cantley, Hayley Heninger, Dianne Chapman, Darren Marshall, Dakota Mann, Jenni Robinson, Alya Ayers and Bri Tureff.
· If you have been in a relationship with someone adhering to the Men’s Rights Movement, this show may be a trigger. Do not attend!
· If you are offended by frank, graphic, sexual language and men behaving extremely badly, Do not attend!
· If you believe that white, middle class men are the actual oppressed demographic in the world, do not…wait…you need to attend this!
Red Pill Diaries
Where: North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville, NC
Dates: August 18th – September 3rd, 2016
Performance Times: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 PM
Ticket Prices: $12 – $22.