The Blood Feather

The Blood Feather

The Blood Feather
By Sarai Goley
Uncarved Block Productions
Pink Venue, 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival

The methods of abuse are simple – call her a slut, slap her around, and then make a gooey, remorseful apology in front of all her friends. In no time at all she’ll be slathering on the Mary Kay to hide the welts and telling people how clumsy she is. You have her in your pocket and you can play sick power games at will. That’s the story of Ms. Goley, she tells it in a straightforward manner with lots of lighting changes. It appears to be true down to the details; perhaps her abusive boyfriend was even named Stan. There are elements of high drama (jumping out of a moving car) and petty cruelty (no parakeet for YOU, Sarai) and tons of self reflection, none of which adequately answers the question “What did you see in him, anyway?” and “How many times will you let him beat you before you come to your senses?” Eventually, some understanding enters and she retreats to her parent’s house, and perhaps she learns to take more care in who she dates. Outside of an overly long cocaine fueled dance number (nothing people ever do on coke makes sense) “The Blood Feather” is an intriguing journey into a young woman’s life.

This event is part of the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit http://OrlandoFringe.org

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