A pushy, mollycoddling mother and an intelligent, emotionally involved prostitute make for quite the female influences in Jack’s (Christopher Adams) life. One is determined for him to lose his virginity and be more “normal”, the other wants to protect him and allow him to make his own way in the world.
Punts, a hilarious and moving new play by Sarah Page about a young man’s sexual awakening and its effect on those who orchestrated it, comes to Theatre503 this month. For more information, see the accompanying news article.
In a decade on the brink of change, a familial unit is found caught between worlds. The matriarchs of the Ebony household, Agnes Ebony (Polly Adams) and Violet Chilham (Joanna David), take a conservative view of life – women should not be free to travel without spouses on trains, or to dine with men when their husbands remain at home or work. Even the prospect of a woman and a man being friends is somewhat lost on proper, dithering husband Paul (Tim Chipping). Wife and protagonist Janet (Zoë Waites), however, is a pioneer of her time, a younger outspoken woman who doesn’t bow down to the archaic notions of propriety, even within her married upper-class family. So when she returns from Paris having been a victim of a terrible train crash, she is less than impressed when the primary concern from the family is not for her wellbeing, but whether she is having illicit relations with old friend Peter Chelsworth (Richard Dempsey) who was with her on the train during the ordeal. Spurned, shocked and subsequently scheming, she decides to play up to suspicions and with her childhood friend lead the Ebony family on a lascivious dance. Keep Reading