The Virginity Lost & Found (Toronto Fringe Festival)
Award-winning Toronto writer and performer S. Bear Bergman, best known for his funny and accessible work about gender and sexuality, has created a brand-new work - The Virginity Lost & Found - for the Toronto Fringe. 60% sex comedy, 30% sex education, and 10% interrogation of the whole concept of virginity, The Virginity Lost & Found is a new take on a very old topic.
The Virginity Lost & Found, an office of the Ministry of the Interior, is now down to one staff member – Mary Pat, an elderly government functionary with a carefully calibrated filing system and a very specific mandate. When her tiny office is thrown into chaos one morning due to budget cuts, she finds herself having to explain more than she expected - with hilarious results.
Played by Bergman in understated garden-granny drag, Mary Pat details the ins and outs of sexual debut with a growing confidence that just might surprise those with pre-conceived notions about the sexual values of the seventy-year-old set. Along the way, Mary Pat explains “pegging”, discusses queer virginities, waxes rhapsodic about mutual masturbation, has a good laugh about the ridiculous situations “losing it” can find us in, and extols the virtues of a good-quality lubricant.
Directed by Spencer Charles Smith, producing artistic director of Straight Camp, and written by Bergman himself, this fast-paced, sex-positive, feminist drag comedy raises interesting questions about virginity – losing it and finding it.
The July 8th performance of this show will be interpreted into sign language by Toronto interpreter Bonnie-Lyn Barker, generously sponsored by Come As You Are, Canada's co-operative sex store. This will be the first-ever Toronto Fringe performance presented with ASL interpreting as far as anyone currently affiliated with the festival is aware.
Tickets will be available shortly at the Fringe box office in person [720 Bathurst #403], online [https://www.fringetix.ca] or by phone [416-966-1062]. Please note that the Fringe has an utterly inviolable no-latecomers policy - they will not let you in or refund your money if you are even 30 seconds late, no matter what. You've been warned.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 @ 10:30pm
Sunday, July 8, 2012 @ 3:00pm [ASL interpreted show!]
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 7:00pm
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 2:15pm
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 10:30pm
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 3:30pm
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 12:00pm