Johnny Bocca’s Sex Farce for Swingin’ Lovers

Naples, New Jersey, 1959. Welcome to Johnny Bocca’s Place where barflies tell bawdy tales of guys and broads… Then in walks Lenora. A prim housewife with a broken down Edsel and a mysterious story of her own…

Based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron, Hardcover’s newest adaptation transplants a collection of 14th century Italian sex farces to 1950s America at the height of the Bachelor Pad era. The creators of the popular London After Midnight serial play have been reassembled to drench this piece of classic prose in cheap booze, excessive pomade and swingin’ lounge music. Not recommended for children.

Conceived and produced by Steve Schroer
Written by Shanan Wexler and Joshua English Scrimshaw
Directed by Shanan Wexler

Starring Emily Brooke Hansen, Arnie Roos, Amy Schweickhardt, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Eric Webster and Shanan Wexler

Stage Manager: Kate Elise
Assistant Producer: Ryan Ripley
Set Designer: John Adler
Lighting Designer: Julia Gordon
Costume Designer: Sara Wilcox
Choreographer: Adrienne English Scrimshaw
Audio Describer: Rick Jacobson
ASL Interpreters: Rachel Olson and Cassie Lang

“A triumph of brassy style and erotic wit.”
– John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

“Very good, and acted out by the cast with deft timing…a Sex Farce for the Ages.”
– Quinton Skinner, City Pages

May 8 – June 1, 2008

The Playwrights’ Center