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A race play. A love story.
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Deep in the bowels of an S&M parlor, a dominatrix and her client are getting ready to play out their regular game. Concealing their faces and ethnicities, the two enact elaborate fantasies, using racial stereotypes and sexual mythologies to fulfill each others’ wishes. But when one of them goes off script, the line between role-play and reality begins to shift, as do the identities and desires of the two people behind the masks.

Bondage

by David Henry Hwang

Directed by Toni Rae Salmi 

November 8 - 23, 2013

Pinky Swear Productions proudly presents Bondage, by acclaimed playwright David Henry Hwang. We are thrilled to be bringing this production to the newly opened Anacostia Playhouse, a woman-owned theater just across the river. This compact, charged drama creates a world where sadism is an art and true intimacy is the most dangerous thing of all.

Prior to the show, you’re invited to explore “The Parlour,” an environment that invites you into the halls of the BDSM establishment where Bondage is set. Take a peep at our stimulating gallery, meet some of our clients, and enjoy a drink in our lounge area before the show. It is our pleasure to serve you.

But we need your help. 

We are asking you, our friends and fans, to help us create this unique theatrical experience.

Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 by the end of our run. Your donation will help defray the costs of:

  • Space rental for rehearsals and performances — the biggest expense, always 
  • Cast and crew stipends — 20 people!
  • Set construction and dressing — including a custom-built, functioning St. Andrew's Cross and spanking bench
  • Costumes and props — for a highly specific environment
  • Insurance — just in case
  • Marketing materials — we need to get the word out!

And every little bit helps. 

Remember where we started? Freakshow was all the way back in 2009! Since then — and with your wonderful support — we've produced 3 full-length plays and 4 more Capital Fringe Festival shows. Amazing. Here are some of the lovely things people have said about Pinky Swear in that time:

"Like starting your day with two triple espressos and a rack of racy magazines" —The Washington Post

"The audience may have drinks in their hand, but at times, just might be grabbing for their tissues." —DC Theatre Scene

“Entertaining… The three actors ace [playwright Allyson] Currin’s comic dialogue while lending emotional weight to characters.” —The Washington Post

“Emotional, insightful, surprising. Acting and direction were excellent. Be prepared to be surprised by how human you feel at the end of it all.” —Goldstar Member

We want to keep making you proud. Please donate to Bondage today!

Risks and challenges

Bondage sounds simple: Two people, one room. But theatre is never as simple as it looks on the page. Although Bondage is a 2-person play, the full event is our most ambitious to date. The subject matter is edgy, The Parlour environment is completely devised and has an 8-person cast, and the Anacostia Playhouse is a brand new space — so walk-in traffic is likely to be light. But in keeping with this year's PS theme of "Walk the Talk," we think it's important to support a new woman-owned theater in Washington, don't you?

The cold, hard fact is that theatre-making is expensive. Ticket sales don't even begin to support the kind of productions we want to create and that you tell us you enjoy seeing. In fact, our $5000 goal will just barely cover the cost of space rental. That's right — space rental. Not space rental plus costumes. Or space rental plus actor pay. Just. Space. Rental.

Crazy, huh? But we've never been ones to back down from a challenge. With you at our sides, we can do anything.

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    THANK YOU MA’AM, MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?
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    THAT’LL LEAVE A MARK!
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    WE’LL SHOW YOU OURS…
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    BAD REPUTATION.
    It’s what you’ve been waiting for... the Pinky Swear ladies (and fellas) on demand! Relive the glory of Pinky Swear’s Cabaret XXXY: Who Do You Think You Are? with your own CD, featuring such audience favorites as Don’t Stop Me Now, Creep, and the XXXY Medley!

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    EAT ME!
    Doesn’t theatre make you hungry? 2 tickets to the performance of your choice and a homemade pie will set you right. (Not a sexy pie, though, just a regular pie.)

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    DON’T STOP NOW!
    Want some of that sweet Cabaret XXXY sound *and* see our sexy faces? With your own Who Do You Think You Are? DVD, our stylin' dance moves will be yours forever!

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    LET US WHISPER IN YOUR EAR… Do you like words, big boy? We'll record a dramatic reading of love poetry written just for you. You choose the style, we'll do the rest. You'll also get 2 tickets to the performance of your choice.

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    WE GET YOU CLOSER TO GOD. Want the Cabaret XXXY CD *and* DVD? Plus 2 tickets to the performance of your choice? Then this reward has your name written alllll over it.

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    HURTS SOOO GOOOOD. Here's your chance to own a piece of the show. Choose from a selection of paddles, crops, whips, and floggers used by the cast. We'll even show you how to use it. You'll also get 2 tickets to the performance of your choice.

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    A GOOD DRESSING DOWN. Want a zentai suit of your own? How about a waist cincher or a Parlour mask? Choose from a selection of (laundered) costume pieces used by the cast. You'll also get 2 tickets to the performance of your choice.

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    WHAT DO YOU DESIRE? Got a fantasy of your own? Give us 3 elements (people, places, or things, from the sexy to the mundane), and Pinky Swear will write a 3-5 page story just for you. Then we'll record a dramatic reading! You'll also get 2 tickets to the performance of your choice.

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    *no longer available* DO YOU LIKE PARLOUR GAMES? If you say yes, we'll give you the VIP treatment for 4, including tickets to the performance of your choice, a pre-show dessert, reserved front row seats, and a personal escort through The Parlour by a member of the cast. The ultimate way to experience Bondage.

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    BRANDED 4 LIFE! This package lets you choose 4 tickets to any of Pinky Swear's future shows and a poster — signed by Bondage playwright David Henry Hwang. There's only 1. Will it be yours?

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    WELL, SLAP MY ASS AND CALL ME NELLY! You'll get 4 tickets to the performance of your choice — where you can take a gander at your brand spanking new bench. This one-of-a-kind, built-just-for-us bench makes a perfect conversation piece/cat tree/we won't ask if you won't tell.

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    TIE ME UP, TIE ME DOWN. You know you want it. The St. Andrew’s Cross from Mistress Terri's dungeon. It can be yours. Along with 4 tickets to the performance of your choice.

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