Dito van Reigersberg  in Pig Iron's I Promised Myself to Live Faster

I Promised Myself to Live Faster

2015
An intergalactic gay extravaganza featuring closeted extraterrestrials, high-stakes pursuits and nuns from outer space.

I Promised Myself to Live Faster is an intergalactic gay extravaganza featuring closeted extraterrestrials, high-stakes pursuits, and nuns from outer space. In this wild work, Tim’s out trolling for a good time when an order of intergalactic nuns charge him with a quest: retrieve the Holy Gay Flame from the clutches of the evil emperor to save the race of Homosexuals and restore the balance of power in the universe. But when he’s captured by the fabulously androgynous Ah-Ni, Tim’s chances look bleak. Ridiculous and delirious, this epic extravaganza of allegorical adventure redefines the search for identity for homo sexuals circa 2015. This piece is recommended for mature audiences.

A twisty tale of mayhem and allegorical ridiculousness, Pig Iron Theatre Company sets out to draw, with hot colored markers, a spiritual link between hairy-chested drag queen Martha Graham Cracker (the alter-ego of Pig Iron co-founder Dito van Reigersberg and lead artist for I Promised Myself to Live Faster) and Charles Ludlam, impresario of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company.

I Promised Myself To Live Faster premiered at FringeArts (May 22-31, 2015), and the 39th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky (March 27 - April 12, 2015). 

  • Conceived and Created by Pig Iron Theatre Company
  • Text by Gregory S. Moss and Pig Iron
  • Directed by Dan Rothenberg
  • Creator-Performers: Mikeah Jennings, Jenn Kidwell, Mary McCool, Michele Tauber, Dito van Reigersberg
  • Scenic Design: William Boles
  • Sound Design & Composition: Rob Kaplowitz
  • Lighting Design: Ji-youn Chang
  • Costume Design: Machine Dazzle
  • Provocateur: Dito van Reigersberg
  • Dramaturgs: Eric Hoff and Robert O'Hara
  • Choreography: Sam Pinkleton

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