Cocktales Comes to Miami, Shows Us a Side of Nymphomania
Little Eve is taking a bath with her father and playing with her rubber ducky. She sees something in the water that looks odd, "Daddy, daddy, is that your rubber ducky?" she asks, eyes wide, in her baby voice.
Courtesy of Tjasa Ferme
Then she tugs on it and realizes it's attached.
"It becomes a moment of oops," explains Tjasa Ferme, actress and playwright. "After pulling it, she realizes that it's attached... And that's when he tells me it's a pipi," she says laughing as she mimics tugging at an imaginary rubber duck.
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This is one of the many tales shared with the audience during Cocktales: Confessions of a Nymphomaniac, which opens at Bardot in Midtown this week. Six years ago, Tjasa Ferme wrote and began performing this one-woman show, which started as a retelling of the life of Eve in the Garden of Eden. But a year later, she met Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring of "the cell," a theater company and salon in New York City. They helped her to rework the play and develop it to include a healthy mix of both male and female characters.
The premise of the contemporary version of Cocktales is the following: Eve has left her Garden and ended up on the set of a talk show. The oh-so-wise Dr. Truth -- a kind of spin-off of the famed sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer -- is taping an episode, when Eve "barges onto the set and sort of says, 'I'm a nymphomaniac and I wish you could help me,'" Ferme explains, "and then Dr. Truth takes her on as her patient and starts treating her in front of the audience."
What follows is a tale that incorporates humor with a serious undertone. There are flashbacks, some dancing, and, of course, hunky studs.
While Cocktales aims to be comical, Ferme admits she wants the ultimate message to be that just because women enjoy and crave sex does not make them nymphomaniacs. She shares the stories that women are afraid to tell and the thoughts women are afraid to think. In the end, she adds, "everybody has a reveal, everybody comes full circle, and you learn how even the men are confused about female sexuality."
"It's a very exponential piece about female sexuality," adds Manocherian, who is producing the play. "Underlying is a feminist message, so it's not all fun and games. It's a reveal about her coming of age ... and it goes through all of her various experiences as a sexual person."
Cocktales has played in both large and small venues across New York. It has never appeared in Miami, though, and Bardot is the first nightclub where the play has been produced.
"It was like the meeting of two interests," explains Ferme. "Nancy [Manocherian] wanted to bring something to Miami and do it in a non-traditional venue, and Bardot was looking to break into more unconventional things, because that's their 'thing.'"
The intimately-sized venue will require the production team to adjust the blocking. Because the audience will be so close, there will be some audience participation involved - maybe a lap dance or two. But mostly the audience will act like the spectators of Dr. Truth's show.
With this run of Cocktales, Manocherian hopes to "tap into" South Florida's distinctive audience and in some way "contribute to the Miami theater scene and help develop it."
Cocktales: Confessions of a Nymphomaniac debuts at Bardot (3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami) on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. The show will run Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until April 26, with tickets costing $20. Visit cocktalesplay.com or bardotmiami.com.