Drawing inspiration from contemporary Internet culture and narratives around mental illness, as well as accounts of Victorian insane asylums, “#SoSadSoSexy” is a devised play exploring Western culture’s ongoing fascination with, and misrepresentation of, depressed and unstable women. Through the overlapping stories of Lucy, a Victorian-era asylum patient, and Izzy, a modern-day “Internet sad girl,” the piece crosses time and circumstance to reflect the parallels between each period’s approach to mental health, gender politics, and the personal and collective identities we create.

“So Sad, So Sexy” is devised and created by Emily Cordes, Alison Leaf, and Kendra Augustin, and directed by and with additional contributions from Simha Toledano. The play will receive its full-length in-person world premiere at The Tank in NYC from March 25-26, 2022.

Select scenes from the play were presented on New York’s Governor’s Island in July 2019 as the culmination of a developmental residency with NYC-based theatre group Rising Sun Performance Company, and as part of The Assembly’s “Pop-Up Assembly” at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in August 2021. The play received its first full-length reading via Zoom on November 20, 2021.

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