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Synopsis

‘VIRGINS DIE HORNY’ is a provocative, funny, and terrifying story of Katie, a 38-year old woman, who has just gotten married for the third time in ten years. The play opens on her honeymoon night, where we get to know Katie and her new husband, James, twelve years her junior.

Half way through the first act, Jimmy, her second husband crashes the honeymoon, drunk and suicidal. Jimmy, holds her and her new husband, James, hostage by threatening to detonate the dynamite that he has sown into a life jacket that he is wearing under his coat. Meanwhile, Jimmy has secretly arranged for Jamie, Katie’s first husband to join them as well.

So by the end of the first act, poor Katie finds herself held hostage on her honeymoon with all three of her husbands – past and present!

The second act is a terrifying and sometimes funny tour de force that builds to the reluctant disclosure of a carefully kept and devastating secret that all three husbands have agreed to keep from Katie. Events late in the second act, dictate that this secret must be told, regardless of the consequences.

‘Virgins Die Horny’ – What’s that about?

On one level, the title provocatively alludes to the question: ‘Is it better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all?’

On the other hand, I’m starting to look at this play as viscerally feminist or possibly as thoughtful, exciting, at times, a traumatic exploration into the world of gender politics:

Katie is a woman who complains about being defined by the men she marries. And the guys feel that they are meant to care and protect Katie … firmly believing that they know what’s best for her. So, the play is about love, loneliness, protecting what you value, and holding onto secrets.

The title itself refers to a decision that we are faced with, a question that each need to answer in some aspects of our lives … one way or another.

The question is this: Whether you are willing to risk pain, loss, and experience of venturing outside yourself to join others or whether you would instead choose to be afraid, unable or unwilling to aspire to happiness, sex, love and life.

The phrase ‘virgins die horny’ suggests that safety can only be ensured by not participating. But to refrain from participating will inevitably leave one wanting, wondering, horny.

Sal Cesare, Playwright

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A Play by Sal Cesare