The Hooker Series
Ronnie Larsen brings a specific “edge” to his live shows. For those that saw Afterglow, you were challenged with a new way to look at relationships. How does love work and what dimensions are possible? If you saw Cockersucker, A Love Story, you were given new ideas about attraction, romantic desires, and even some backroom ways to find love. Ronnie’s shows may not be for the timid, but they are for those that don’t mind pushing their boundaries, while experiencing theater in an intimate setting.
Ronnie is bringing two shows to his “Hooker Series,” Bleach and Musical Comedy Whore. Performances are June 5 – 16, 2019 at the Wilton Theater Factory. Ticket information at www.RonnieLarsen.com. We caught up with Ronnie about these two upcoming shows.
OutClique: Ronnie, your shows push the boundaries of your audiences. What motivates you to produce these types of shows?
Ronnie Larsen: First there is a market for theater that is both gay and sex positive. Mainstream gay theater is moving away from producing anything about sexual interactions opening up a segment of theater that has always appealed to certain audiences – all the way back to Shakespeare. Talking about sex is and has always been interesting.
OCQ: Bleach is the story of Tyler, working the streets just to pay the rent. What brings him to this point?
RL: Simply put this is for money, for survival. But I also think there is something else here, the search for connection. On some level I believe that prostitutes and pornstars are not merely in those professions for the money, but on a deeper level they are searching for connection to another person. That is what makes them interesting subjects and drives me to tell their stories. Of course, many gay men can quickly relate to using sexual physicality in the quest to connect, so there is an automatic empathy to these characters.
OCQ: Bleach won the Write for the Stage Award for Best New Writing at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2017 and was nominated for both the Pick of the Fringe and Grand Prix awards at Stockholm Fringe. What drew you to this story?
RL: I’ve been obsessed with telling the story of prostitution! A simple transactional process of money for services is so straightforward and simple on the surface, but so complicated when looking at the emotional underpinnings in the search for connection. Prostitution is very much like theater – paying performers to entertain! At heart, the intersection of art and sex is just interesting to explore.
OCQ: Musical Comedy Whore is also about the life of an escort, but with a different twist. Rather than figuring out life, the main character, David Pevsner, is finding love. Are we going to think, laugh, cry, or what can we expect, and why?
RL: This is first and foremost a hilarious show. The songs are about his personal life and are honest and heartfelt. It is very inspiring to see such an honest discussion of sex and his life intersecting with art and money. Sex is the great unifier and equalizer and this show exposes that fact.
OCQ: How do you think David’s quest for love is similar to everyone else’s in real life?
RL: The story is interesting on two levels. He wants to be loved on stage and as an escort. He is performing in both areas. There is an ego boost in being paid for sex, much like the one you get when you are performing on stage. In some ways his quest is different from most, but essentially it is the same!
OCQ: For those that have seen one of some of your other shows, how do these compare?
RL: These are solo shows that I am producing, not writing and directing. They are two sides of the same “hooker” coin, one funny and one a bit more serious. But they essentially fit into my wheelhouse, my interest in prostitution!