Aftershocks at the Theater for the New City

Aftershocks, playing at the Theater for the New City. Courtesy theaterforthenewcity.net
Aftershocks, playing at the Theater for the New City. Courtesy theaterforthenewcity.net

NEW YORK – Aftershocks at the Theater for the New City

Our lives are replicas of earthquakes, with a collection of little cracks that happen to our fragile souls, cracks that swallow us, and none of us are immune to the damage.

With a plot involving a strip club and a character scarred by past sexual abuse, you have the foundation for the riveting and sad expose called Aftershocks.



Sex worker Angie (Rori Nogee), although college educated, supports herself by working in Pandora’s Box, a seedy strip club in Fullerton, California, with a bunch of sleazy clients. Some have been abusive towards Angie, yet she has survived. She is unprepared to meet a man like Elliott (Cameron Cave), a strange young man with obvious anxieties. Angie tries to engage him, but he really wants to pay for her to talk with him, not physically engage, something she is surprised by.

Chaos during an earthquake by José Guadalupe Posada, CC0, MET DP869383, via Wikimedia Commons

Chaos during an earthquake by José Guadalupe Posada, CC0, MET DP869383, via Wikimedia Commons

Elliott cannot bear for her to touch him, obviously agitated, shrinking into his shell like a tortoise. Most adult women would recognize the signs of a disturbed individual, but Angie’s emotional vision is tainted, as she is a natural caretaker. The audience senses tension as Angie is oblivious.



Angie’s attitude about sex is “it’s just two bodies rolling around.” She rolls around on the floor and laughs, trying to engage Elliott, not understanding his internal torture. She teases Elliott – “This is just a forbidden dance with a side of conversation.” He withdraws even further.

Angie tells Elliott she attended film school when Elliott also shared his passion for the art. She reveals she was repeatedly raped by her advisor and withdrew from school. She appears to have overcome her assault by performing sex. Elliott communicates he was repeatedly raped by his mother’s boyfriend when he was younger.

“Love and sex are not the same thing, and walls are built for a reason,” Angie says, not realizing the reality of those words affect both their lives. Some walls never fall, even following aftershocks. Angie is somewhat innocent yet insightful, and those in attendance certainly agreed.



Angie transforms herself into Elliott’s sex therapist, convinced she can ease his pain by affection. But once Pandora’s Box is open, as the myth professes, social injustice is unleashed, children are corrupted, and Elliott and Angie’s chances of normalness are dismal. They separate.

In the end, Angie lets her guard down, thinking Elliott has changed when she meets him again with his girlfriend (Zoë Laiz). Evil is once again released from Pandora’s box; the ending is not the outcome the audience expected, or was it? Attend Aftershocks to find out.



Aftershocks at the Theater for the New City

Written by Rori Nogee and directed by Lissa Moira.

Starring Rori Nogee, Cameron Cave, John Stillwaggon, Andrew Ricci, Jon McHatton, and Zoe Laiz.

Press by John David West, JDW Social, LLC.

Theater for the New City

155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)
New York NY

Box office (212) 254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net



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Aftershocks at the Theater for the New City

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