SEPTEMBER 30 – Tom Cole: The Tyranny of Structurelessness

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 @ 8pm

Le Petit Versailles Garden NY NY
346 East Houston Street between Avenues B + C
subways: F – Second Avenue J/M/F – Delancey Street


“People would try to use the “structureless” groups out of a blind belief that no other means could possibly be anything but oppressive.”   — Jo Freeman

After a series of escalating sado-masochistic relationships, he embarks upon a “normal” relationship. What ensues is far more terrifying than anything that came before….

Accustomed to sublimating his experience into the mouths of female characters, for this workshop performance, the author will attempt to read his own words.

“I imagine myself splitting into two — leaving one of me behind with the Leather Family while the real me, the me who goes back to work carrying a bottle of crimson vitamin water — his heart draws back at the power of the other’s will and its engagement with disaster — this nihilism, it’s real, call Ripley, he won’t believe it.”


Nationally-acclaimed Lower East Side-based playwright, dramaturge and director Tom Cole has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Edward Albee Foundation, with work presented at Participant, Dixon Place, ICA Boston and Threadwaxing Space among many others. Head of the New Play Commissioning Program at True Love Productions and curator of the “Experiments and Disorders” literary series at Dixon Place (where he is also a member of the board), Tom co-directed HOPELESSNESS with Anohni at the Park Avenue Armory, touring Europe including the Barbican in London and Edinburgh International Festival. He also produced Antony and the Johnson’s TURNING at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2003 and 2000-2002 directed the Market Theater in Cambridge presenting new work by Antony and the Johnsons, Ping Chong, David Mamet, Ricky Jay, Kate Robin and others.

Le Petit Versailles events are made possible by Allied Productions, Inc., Gardeners & Friends of LPV, GreenThumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts, the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, and the Office of City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera. LPV Exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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