Iken’s Perversion

A full-length play for two actors

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-F. Murray Abraham

Bianca Laverne Jones and F. Murray Abraham play Omana and Iken for Celebrity reading of Iken’s Perversion at Studio 21/21

Bianca Laverne Jones and F. Murray Abraham play Omana and Iken for Celebrity reading of Iken’s Perversion at Studio 21/21

Synopsis:

Iken is a notorious white painter who can be sexual only with his art.  One cold night, he masturbates upon one of his paintings while a young black poet, Omana, watches.  He urges her to leave now that she has witnessed his “perversion.”  The apartment buzzer sounds.  Iken’s brother Ray is outside buzzing to be let in.  Omana insists that Iken open the door.  Iken grows increasingly aggressive.  The escalating battle is sexual, rhetorical, and spiritual.  Omana proves stronger than Iken and finally, he tells her the secrets of an abusive past, and opens the door.

The play is written in verse.  Its heightened language is renegade and classical.  It may be hard to “get” off the page but in the mouths of actors, the language comes alive with visceral power.