Peg-ass-us is a melt-your-heart sweet, get-you-wet sexy, pee-your-pants funny burlesque love story. A charmingly mismatched, real-life couple use puppets, sing-a-longs, and comedy to guide audiences through the “ins-and-outs” of pegging, explore the connections between sexuality and identity, and deliver the sexual education everyone deserves.
Peg-ass-us was originally conceived at the Boulder Fringe, when two theater artists from opposite coasts met and discovered their shared passion for adventurous original theater, among, um... other things. For four years, the show has toured the nation, spicing up festivals and tickling budding minds at Yale, Brown and Bard. Along the way, it won “Best Comedy” at the San Francisco Fringe, received the blessing of sex educators, and inspired awesome conversation, plus who-knows-what-else.
The show is available for booking at your venue or college! See Booking for info!
**Peg-ass-us contains nudity and sexually explicit content.
Peg-ass-us at SUNY Stony Brook!
Monday, April 29th, 2013
Join the Facebook event...Please join the LGBTA in welcoming Peg-ass-us to Stony Brook campus!
We're always looking for future show locations! Contact us if you have a good venue, festival, conference or event!
February 4th: Sex Week, Yale University. Ten years after Peg-ass-us co-creator Sophie graduated from Yale, she returned to perform in Nick Chapel for Yale's 10th Sex Week! Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Cooperative.
May 4th-5th: The Tank, New York City, 151 w. 46th St. (b/t 6th and 7th Ave), 8th Floor, New York, NY 10036.
August 9th-11th: work|space at The Laundry on Lawrence, 2701 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205.
Special Denver Q&A Guests!
August 15th-28th Boulder International Fringe Festival! At Wesley Chapel. Peg-ass-us was originally conceived at the Boulder Fringe, when two theater artists from opposite coasts met and discovered their shared passion for adventurous original theater, among, um... other things.
2011: Peg-ass-us goes Ivy!
March 15: Sex Week at Brown University, hosted by the Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council (a.k.a SHEEC). Rites and Reason Theater, 7:30pm. Q&A after the show!
2010: FebTour in Juneau, Seattle, & Portland
Feb. 5th-6th: The Hangar Ballroom Juneau, Alaska Egan Drive, Merchants Wharf Juneau, AK, 99802
Feb. 14th (Valentine's!)- 17th: Annex Theater, Seattle, WA 1100 E. Pike St (11th Ave at E. Pike St.) Seattle, WA 98122
Seattle post-show Q&A's featured:
Feb. 19th-21st: Someday Lounge, Portland, OR 125 Northwest 5th Avenue Portland, OR 97209
2009: New York City & New York State
Oct. 2nd-24th: 2009 Artist in Residence at Dixon Place, NYC. 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY
Feb. 27th: Bard College, Old Gym
Hosted by the Queer Straight Alliance Cost: Free! Available to all
Read feedback from QSA Co-Chair, here!
Feb. 13th-21st: Brick Theater, 575 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
2008: Summer Festivals: Montreal, NYC, San Francisco
September 3rd - 14th: San Francisco Fringe Festival Center for Sex and Culture
1519 Mission St. (Between 11th and South Van Ness) San Francisco Peg-Ass-Us and FLUID are delighted to be hosted by the Center for Sex and Culture, a non-profit sexuality education center founded by Dr. Carol Queen and Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence. CSC Mission Statement: To provide non-judgmental, sex-positive sexuality education and support to diverse populations by means of classes, workshops, social gatherings, and hands-on, practical skills-building events; to maintain and house these events and supporting materials and functions; to maintain a publicly-accessible library and archives; to staff and support this learning environment.
June 12th - 22nd: St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs Studio, 2109, Boul. St. Laurent.
July 10th - 12th: HOT Festival at Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, New York City
2012 Boulder Fringe Festival!
2008 San Francisco Fringe Festival!
Sex-Ed at its Best! - Dr. Carol Queen, co-founder of the San Francisco based non-profit Center for Sex and Culture and featured educator in Bend Over Boyfriend (1998).
"...this little theatrical workshop on sex, relationships and intimacy was informative, amusing, clever, touching and sexy all rolled up in an hour." - "Confessions Of A Fringe Addict Part Deux," by Ty C Stover. Indy.com (Indianapolis Star).
"I've seen (and done) a lot of "indie theater" and know that most of it can be boring, pretentious and a platform for some self absorbed ass hat to unload on an unsuspecting audience things that would be better left in a therapist's office. Instead what I saw was a sweet, insightful and very honest performance about a topic that even I, the experienced sexual outlaw, still have a slight pause talking about in public. Best of all, it was funny, like bust a gut, laugh out loud funny. The moments of raw, genuine honesty about a very taboo and sometimes confusing sexual desire really work, offset that with silly humor and it is a winning combination." -"An Apology, of sorts" Monk, of TwistedMonk.com, February 15, 2010.
"John and Sophie are the cutest, sweetest, most winsome pair of sexual outlaws in the world, you just want to pet them and cuddle them and take them home and... do evil things to them." -"Art Imitates Life" Mistress Matisse's blog entry on visiting Peg-ass-us. February 16th, 2010.
[see right] A complaint letter, from an audience member in Boulder, CO. We applaud The Boulder International Fringe Festival and Wesley Chapel for embracing the spirit of Fringe - and us.
PAPERMAG: Stage Notes by Tim Murrin interviews Sophie & John, October 7th, 2009.
"Ace in the Hole: Dan Savage inspires Strap-Ons On Stage," Voice Choice, The Village Voice, February 6, 2009
This is Sex Theater, by Jolie Prom, Debaucheri Sex Review Issue #2 March '09. (http://dbcmag.presspublisher.us/issues/Issue_02) "Leo’s character is a jittery sort of spasmodic persona, who’s uncomfortable stage stutters creates wanton insecurity with revealing his pegging fetish, yet lets the audience know that it is just dying to come out. His partner, Nimmannit, is the fiery, lively yin to his yang. She bursts all over the stage with vulgar sexual inquiries and spits out cute and delightful songs about “ass fucking” and mythical creatures.
Montreal Fringe NetBuzz
*****I really enjoyed this show. I think it's an awesome exploration of how it feels to prefer sexual activities that are perceived to be outside of the norm.
****Heartfelt, Honest, NUDITY. WHAT MORE COULD you want in a fringe show?
****The show was incredible and entertaining. Kind of like the sex ed you wish you'd had in high school- plus John and Sophie are way hotter than the football coach who skipped right over the joys of anal in my sex ed class. Way too fun to be missed!
****A hilariously penetrating look at a practice that deserves more exposure. Go see this, unless you're a prude.
****Ok- these guys are very sweet - but a whole hour on the joys of anal pleasure?! Come on guys! There's more to life than playing with your bottoms...
In 2012, Peg-ass-us performed at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. Our assigned venue was Wesley Chapel. Both the festival and the chapel were wonderful hosts, and we applaud them for supporting the spirit of fringe theater!
Tap Me on the Shoulder is a one-hour touring solo show, written and performed by Erika Kate MacDonald. The show is now touring. This clip is taken from a performance on June 9, 2012, at the Dynamite Space in Northampton, MA. Videographer: Veronica Lopez.
Erika Kate MacDonald performs "Girls Play Here" from FLUID at Eight Mile Creek in NYC before the opening tour.
Peg-ass-us is ready to fly. If you have a theater, college group, or community you would like to have exposed to this sex-positive, sex-ed, fantastical roller-coaster, contact us!
Performance Details Run Time: 70 minutes Minimum Stage Dimensions: 12' X 10' Sound Requirements: sound system with CD (preferred) or computer/mp3 input Lighting Requirements: adaptable to basic plot, 1 special Set: one chair/stool Audience Workshops/Roundtable: by request, additional fee
(In February 2009, the Bard Queer-Straight Alliance hosted an on-campus performance of Peg-Ass-Us with a post-show discussion.)
From: Shawn[a] Powell
To: Sophie Nimmannit, John Leo
Bringing PEG-ASS-US to Bard College was WILDLY successful! John and Sophie's cleverly staged exploration of Pegging promotes an honest engagement with human sexuality: silly, playful, romantic, vulnerable and downright funny as it is. Exploding gender roles and tackling delicate issues of sexuality with necessary reverence and quite a bit of wit, the duo enlightens and transcends our notions of male/female and gay/straight, attracting and entertaining a diverse audience.
The performers found creative and fun ways to involve the audience, making PEG-ASS-US a really valuable community experience (in addition to a fabulous evening of theater, puppetry, music, dance, and performance art). After the performance, the entire campus was buzzing--the show gave students access to an opportunity and language for the discussion of sexuality, sparking many interesting conversations campus-wide. Quite extraordinarily, John and Sophie also made themselves entirely available to chat or answer questions after the performance, allowing students to be included in examining the many ideas and issues that PEG-ASS-US raises.
For Bard, PEG-ASS-US was much more than a performance. With humor and sensitivity, it opened doors for conversations and altogether promoted a more nuanced, open-minded notion of sexuality. In all my time producing performance in college, I have never seen anything that had such a widespread and uplifting effect on a campus. After bringing John and Sophie through Bard's Queer-Straight-Alliance, I came to the conclusion that PEG-ASS-US had the power to stretch our definitions of sexuality--it is not a gay show, nor is it a straight show, in fact, the only prerequisite you need to gain something from the show is to be human. (Okay, and probably be old enough to watch PG-13 movies!)
A map of our travels! Past performance locations ("P"), upcoming performances (theater icon), and places where we're looking for a venue (green arrow!). Also, we get e-mails saying: come to my town! Those are marked with a question mark, cause if you call us, we will come!
View Peg-ass-us Performance Map in a larger map
(References, & info)
See the Wikipedia entry on Pegging (sexual practice) . On Valentine's Day, 2009 our show was added under the section "Examples in Popular Media." (By the way, we couldn't do this ourselves, the reference doesn't allow self-promotion.) More recently, we were removed from "popular media" and given our own sub-heading: "Cultural aspects."
In 1998, there was Bend Over Boyfriend. Then, in 2001 there was a reader contest in Savage Love to name "the commonly accepted slang for a woman fucking a man in the ass with a strap-on dildo." In 2007, Violet Blue published The Adventurous Couple's Guide to Strap-On Sex. In January 2008, UK author Julie Peasgood predicted, "Pegging will really grow in popularity this year. This practice of female-to-male penetration is already big in the US." Well, we brought "Peg-Ass-Us" to Montreal, New York City, and San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture that year.
Fatale Media - Producers of Bend Over Boyfriend
Good Vibrations, "Introducing Strap-On Sex to a Male Partner"
Babeland, How to Bend Over Boyfriend
DIY Harness from Instructables.com for those who like to cycle and recycle.
Backstage Interview at the January Downtown Clown Revue (Kraine Theater, NYC)
John Leo is a Clown performer, director, teacher and a graduate of Bard College (Drama/Dance) and The Dell ‘Arte School of Physical Theatre. From 2001 to 2007 he lived in Juneau, Alaska performing and creating with Perseverance Theatre, KitschyYumYum Burlesque and Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre (Best of San Francisco Fringe 2003). Mr. Leo has toured his solo clown work throughout Mexico, Canada and the states and has received funding from the Alaska Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation. He is currently a pediatric clown doctor with the Big Apple Circus.
Sophie Nimmannit received her B.A. in Theater at Yale, and has trained in mask, clown, Suzuki and other forms of physical theater. She has toured with the International Theatre Collective (St. Louis), and the LIDA Project (Denver). In New York, she has performed with Blessed Unrest (Machinal), The South Wing (AOI! at PS122), and Aeolian Theatre, and recently appeared in the premiere of Mac Wellman's 3 2's or AFAR. Sophie also works as a Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.
Leslie Strongwater (Director, Artist Residency @ Dixon Place) Leslie Strongwater has studied at Circle in the Square, British American Drama Academy, and Hampshire College, where she received her BA in theater studies and art history. A member of Lone Wolf Tribe for three years, she has directed and produced for OBIE-award-winning Peculiar Works (East Village Fragments) and Suzan Lori Park (365 Days/365 Plays) at The Public Theater. She has directed original material for downtown artists such as Howling Vic, Peter Neofotis, Rob Erickson and David Michael Friend. She is the Director of Programming at Dixon Place and is pursuing her Master’s degree at NYU.
Erika Kate MacDonald (Production Manager, SM) is a yoga teacher and theater artist healer and vagabond, sister and daughter, listener and lover. She toured her last solo piece (VOTING RITES, an interview-based exploration of NH women’s attitudes towards voting, 2004) to schools and community groups throughout the Granite State. She is currently a member of Second Percussion: The Band, and sings from time to time with Aaron Lisman and the True Thats. She is also a coveted audience member at live performance events throughout the Northeast.
Audrey Crabtree (Directing Consultant) is a performer and creator of original work. She and has written and performed with The Brave New Workshop, Minnesota Public Radio, NPR and in ComedyCentral's Let's Bowl!. Audrey was a Collective: Unconscious Board Member for four years where she co-created and performed in 8 original ensemble works including the Drama Desk Award winning Charlie Victor Romeo. She is co-artistic director of Ten Directions. Audrey has studied clown and bouffon with Sue Morrison, clown with Philippe Gaulier, and physical comedy with David Shiner and is a co-director of the NY Clown Theatre Festival. She will mock your world, or die trying. www.deenienast.com
PHOTOS: Right-click to download hi-resolution versions. Photo Credit: Cindy Lopez High resolution file: PegCLopezHI.jpg Low resolution file: PegCLopezLO.jpg
Photo Credit: Jim Moore High resolution file: PegByJimMooreHIRES.jpg Low resolution file: PegByJimMooreLOWRES,jpg
Photo Credit: Louis Longpré. High resolution file: PegLLongpreHI.jpg Low resolution file: PegLLongpreLO.jpg
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13th, 2012
Contact: Sophie Nimmannit, sophie at packofothers dot org
Fringe-Made Sweethearts Return to Boulder, with Winning Sex-Ed Comedy Conceived at the Fringe Festival
(Brooklyn, NY) - Performing sweethearts John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit are proud to bring their “fringe baby” Peg-ass-us to its place of conception: the Boulder Fringe Festival. Peg-ass-us is a melt-your-heart sweet, get-you-wet sexy, pee-your-pants funny burlesque love story, in which a charmingly mismatched, real-life couple use puppets, sing-a-longs, and comedy to guide audiences through the “ins-and-outs” of pegging, the sexual act where a woman wearing a strap-on dildo penetrates a man’s anus. (The term was coined in 2001 by readers of Dan Savage’s popular sex advice column, “Savage Love”). The show explores sexuality, identity, and communication with a partner, and delivers the sexual education everyone deserves.
This show was “conceived” when John and Sophie met at the Boulder Fringe five years ago. He was a clown from Alaska. She was a performer from Brooklyn, directing a show about “fluid” sexualities which inspired John to propose that that they make a show about their sexuality. Nine months later, what began as a fringe fling was born as a full-length show at the fringe in Montreal, and for four years, Peg-ass-us has toured the nation, spicing up festivals and tickling budding minds at college sex weeks at Yale, Brown and Bard. Along the way, it won “Best Comedy” at the San Francisco Fringe, performed at the Center for Sex and Culture (San Francisco) and the Center for Sex Positive Culture (Seattle) where it received the blessing of the nation’s foremost sex educators, and inspired awesome conversation, toy-shopping, plus who-knows-what-else. John and Sophie, now engaged, and proud to celebrate their five-year anniversary by bringing their creation back to Boulder.
Sex-Ed at its Best! - Dr. Carol Queen, co-founder of the San Francisco based non-profit Center for Sex and Culture and featured educator in Bend Over Boyfriend (1998).
"...this little theatrical workshop on sex, relationships and intimacy was informative, amusing, clever, touching and sexy all rolled up in an hour." - "Confessions Of A Fringe Addict Part Deux," by Ty C Stover. Indy.com (Indianapolis Star)
Peg-ass-us Performer Bios:
John Leo is a pediatric clown doctor with NYC’s Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit and a Gold Medalist in Eccentric Dance (New York Clown Olympics ‘08). A graduate of the Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theatre, John has performed with Perseverance Theatre (Juneau, AK) and has toured with Clowns Without Borders in Mexico and Guatemala. John produces, creates and performs outrageous original comedy: In Cahoots (Best of SF Fringe 2003: Physical Theatre) ; Number's Up!, an existential Clown & chihuahua show; tinyDANGEROUSfun! a big-risk variety show in a small space and Handshake Uppercut, a hysterical mash up of Beckett, Keaton and the Marquis de Sade, that Maskarts.com called “a brilliant piece of theater.” Through Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, John facilitates the creation of original plays with homeless LGBTQ youth. John is a recipient of an Individual Artist Project Award from the Rasmussen Foundation.
Sophie Nimmannit received her B.A. in Theater at Yale, and has trained in mask, clown, Suzuki and other forms of physical theater. She has toured with the International Theatre Collective (St. Louis), and the LIDA Project (Denver). Previous Boulder Fringe credits include Arachne and FLUID (director). In New York, she has performed with Blessed Unrest (Machinal), The South Wing (AOI! at PS122), Aeolian Theatre, and recently appeared in the premiere of Mac Wellman's 3 2's or AFAR. Sophie also works as a Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC.
Pack of Others is a Brooklyn-based theater company. Its flagship show, FLUID, is a solo exploration of “bi”-sexuality written by Erika Kate MacDonald and directed by Sophie Nimmannit appeared at the Boulder Fringe in 2007. FLUID has toured to the Minnesota & Boulder Fringe Festivals, Portland (OR), New York City (Dixon Place), Wheaton College, BECAUSE '08 & '09 (Midwest Conference on Bisexuality in Minneapolis) and Harvest V, the Montreal LGBT International Theatre Festival. In 2007-2008, Pack of Others produced VOTE DEBS!, a theatrical presidential campaign for Eugene V. Debs that performed in the streets and theaters of New York City. A new show, Tap Me on the Shoulder, premiered in Northampton, MA in 2012.
For more information, visit: www.packofothers.org