THE BACHELOR franchise—all prurience, prudishness, and antiquated gender politics. It’s everything we love, everything that shames us, and everything we are ashamed of loving. SHAME SPIRAL engulfs audiences in the alternate reality of reality TV, with its false eyelashes, artificial conflicts, and promises of true love. As the “real” world fades into the distance, contestants participating in the 23rd Season contend with a shocking revelation about fan favorite Lauren S, and the massive internet shitstorm that subsequently hits the fan. Meanwhile audiences, viewers, and even a certain playwright sit back and watch another’s public shaming… an act that comes with its own pleasures, pains, and—yes—shame.
Production – UC San Diego Wagner New Play Festival 2019