With Sam Gooley’s new dark comedy, The New Collectives strive to open a conversation about consent, monogamy, and societal expectations. As a young company composed of individuals bridging the gap between Generation Y and Millennial, these are relevant issues to our time. This play is a story of our generation’s anxieties about sex, maturity, and settling; showcasing a generation standing on the precipice of adulthood and igniting in all of us the question: Am I ready for what comes next?
This world premiere production of Steve Got Raped. was presented as part of the
2016 New York International Fringe Festival.
James E. Smith* - Steve
Sarah Moore - Katie
Dan Morrison* - Derrick
Mara Gannon - Ariel
*appeared courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Sam Gooley - Playwright
Melissa Firlit - Director
Giverny Petitmermet - Assistant Director/ Producer
Kevin Novinsky - Sound Designer
Elaine Wong - Lighting Designer
Rebecca Kane - Production Stage Manager
"Steve Got Raped does well what theatre does well: it presents a question that it does not claim to know how to answer, but gives the audience permission to comment, to engage."
- Theatre is Easy (named A TheEasy Best Bet: Best of FringeNYC 2016)
"[The show] succeeds in staging a provocative and balanced conversation."
- DC Metro Theater Arts
"a strikingly honest and mega-comedic piece of mature theater."
"Dan Morrison is best friend Derrick, and his performance is—by far and large—one of the funniest of this year’s New York International Fringe Festival."
"No, Steve Got Raped is not for everyone. But if you’re in for a horribly good time that’ll leave you with questions over scotch, this one’s for you."
- Theater Pizzazz
Scored 86 on Show-Score
"Steve (played with a sincere and charmed ambiguity by James E. Smith)...Katie (played with a bubbly ferocity by Sarah Moore)...Under Melissa Firlit’s well-paced direction, the ensemble cast members play well off one another and bring the issue of male rape to the forefront with a welcomed sensitivity."
- Theatre Reviews Limited
"Steve Got Raped is an edgy piece that is equal parts funny and provocative."
"Gooley's dialogue is sharp and quick... Steve Got Raped exemplified the beauty of a connected ensemble. James E. Smith as Steve was a brilliant lead...As foul-mouthed Katie, Sarah Moore was terrific...If ever there was a scene-stealer, it's Dan Morrison. He is a strong comedic sidekick who knows when to take the stage or fade to the back. Though only present for one scene, Mara Gannon as stripper Ariel gave all the tools to question the actions of the night."
"Steve Got Raped is not for everyone. If you're willing to be challenged, it's worth a visit."
- Theater in the Now