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A young man covets his asexual tattoo artist in this noirish reimagining of the Ganymede myth
A young man covets his asexual tattoo artist in this noirish reimagining of the Ganymede myth
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Faith, commemoration, courage, adventure, sex, bravado, patriotism, health, therapy – our motives for tattooing are as varied as the times and individual. While the decision to get a tattoo can be weighty – the event isn’t. For many, it’s a rush. The act of altering the body for life, be it a small remembrance – a date, a face, a symbol, a number – or something larger, say a sleeve on one arm or both – is consequential. It can take several years to complete a full-back tattoo – and like biweekly visits to a therapist, the relationship which develops between artist and canvas can be powerful, and the perfect circumstance for my new play about two damaged men seeking connection.

Earlier this year, I decided to get a second tattoo commemorating the death of my only brother – this one twenty years later – and the act was as frightening, exciting, and compelling an experience this time. During that spiritual ninety minutes, the wheels began turning on this little play about an unlikely relationship which develops between an asexual tattooist and his client. I've been interested for some time in exploring asexuality in my work and the challenges asexuals face living in a sexual world. And it seemed the art, the act of tattooing – let’s be honest, tattoos are hot – is intimate and erotic, and an odd vocation for a man without sexual desire.

So here I am, joining a growing movement: playwrights producing their own work and not waiting for artistic directors or theatre companies to call. But I can't do this alone. BAREBACK INK opens in Washington, DC on July 13 for sixteen performances at the Capital Fringe Festival – and our opening at Edinburgh Fringe is up to you and my first Kickstarter project which, if successful, will take me and my cast of two, local actors DC Cathro and D. Grant Cloyd, to the UK in August.

Your contribution will help fund moving the production to Edinburgh, including the registration fee, publicity and printing costs, venue rental, travel and lodging. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I hope you'll find a way to support us. We've got some fun rewards for you, we’ve identified a venue in Edinburgh and are ready to roll – with your help!

Thanks for checking us out. We hope to see you this summer in Washington, DC and Edinburgh!

Bob
bob-bartlett.com

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    Our sincere thanks for supporting new works in theatre and a temporary tattoo of the play's logo PLUS you'll be listed as a donor in the playbill!

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    All of the above PLUS an invitation to attend a rehearsal, PLUS one ticket to the play in Washington DC as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, July 2012!

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    All of the above PLUS your own real tattoo! (an $80 value and ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE DC METRO AREA)

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    YOUR OWN INITIALS incorporated into an ACTUAL TATTOO on the playwright's body, forever and ever! Plus a framed photograph of the playwright's tattoo upon completion! PLUS all of the above! (except for your own tattoo)

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