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Wednesday, February 8,2012

'First' base

Staged reading revisits sexual awakenings

by Robert Sancrainte

Myfirsttime.com launched in 1998 with a simple goal: allow people to share their stories of how they lost their virginity. The site became a huge success, drawing tens of thousands of submissions.

Writer-producer Ken Davenport (“Altar Boyz”) read some of the stories, and thought they would make an interesting play. He compiled material from the website for the off-Broadway production of “My First Time,” which just finished a two-and-a-half-year run last month. 

“It was kind of a cult hit,” says Bert Goldstein, the director of the staged reading of the show, which will be performed Thursday and Saturday as a co-production of Williamston Theatre and the Wharton Center. 

The stories run the gamut from couples that waited until after marriage to people who were date-raped, and numerous other circumstances. 

“You get everything,” Goldstein said. “Some of the goofy, some of the hilariously funny, but (also) some of the bittersweet experiences and some that were heroic — and some that were tragic.”

Goldstein describes one story in particular about a boy dying of leukemia. His sister takes it upon herself to help him have a sexual experience before he dies, something Goldstein sees as truly admirable.

The play is broken down into sections with themes. Each story is told in a monologue by an actor, and scored by music from the era in which the monologue is set.  Goldstein chose the music based on what he felt right for the moment: “Everything from the Beatles to the Spice Girls,” he says.

´My First Time´

Pasant Theater, Wharton Center 

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

$10; $8 for MSU students

(800) WHARTON

www.whartoncenter.com

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