Xavier Players stage 'Hot N' Throbbing'

Extended learning session promotes discussion | January 17, 2008

The Xavier Players are staging Paula Vogel’s play, "Hot ‘n’ Throbbing," Feb. 7-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater. The central theme of the show revolves around a key question: Which is more obscene: pornography or domestic violence?

Charlene, the family breadwinner, writes erotic screenplays for women. The physical abuse and alcoholism of her ex-husband, Clyde, drove her away, but he's not absent. Daughter Leslie Ann drinks and parades around in revealing clothes, and son Calvin is an A-student, uptight adolescent male. The characters in Charlene’s imagination act out her lurid fantasies and their dialogue mirrors that of her family. As in last season’s Players’ production, Vogel’s "How I Learned to Drive," disregard for boundaries and a lack of genuine love start at home within dysfunctional families, and are often the cause of sexual pathology.

“The play doesn’t preach. It shows, as good plays do, how these topics are embedded in people’s lives,” says director for performing arts Cathy Springfield, who heard Vogel speak at a conference and was drawn to her philosophy. “She stressed it is important to find your individual voice, and for her it was making the world a better place for women."

Director Erin Mattingly Bukowski graduated from Xavier in 2000 with a BS in accounting and is a certified public accountant. She earned her MA in theater at the University of Kentucky and is actively employed in both fields.  “I have become aware of the negative effects a ‘sex sells’ culture can have,” she says. “I like 'Hot ‘N’ Throbbing' because it’s sexy, it’s entertaining, and it’s funny, and it pulls people into a world where sex, although there is plenty of it, is a sidebar and control/power becomes the focus. The play doesn't try to take sides or tell the audience what is right or wrong; it simply portrays our world today and the negative effects of what is going on.”

Xavier’s Women’s Center and Peace & Justice Programs is offering a chance to start a discussion with a short documentary film about the portrayal of women in advertising. Killing Us Softly will be shown and discussed from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Women’s Center. For more information on the film and discussion, please contact Patrick Welage at 513-745-3768.

The documentary is free. Tickets to the play are $5 for students, faculty and staff and $15 for all others. Tickets are available by calling the Players box office at 513-745-3939.