Review of “Princess Cut” at FringeNYC by Cinema Stage

“A hearfelt, pained expose” – Kevin Martin, Cinema Stage

Princess Cut - FringeNYC

FringeNYC 2015KEVIN MARTIN Reviewing –           

Princess CutA Young Girl’s Reality Inside a Knoxville Sex Ring

An Original Piece Written by Danielle Roos, Kelsey Broyles, and Kerri Koczen;                                   

Directed by Danielle Roos; from Yellow Rose Productions @ Venue 13

“A heartfelt, pained expose of the trauma inflicted on a young, very young girl in Knoxville, Tennessee – by being sucked into a sex-ring, thanks to her very own older, cunning, baby-sitter male cousin – and done gratuitously and brutally – is what we would find in watching and listening to “Princess Cut“, a soaring and original piece, based on fact, presented at the Lynn Redgrave Theater on Bleeker Street. This is a disturbing ducu-dramatization recollecting of memories – with a focus on what really happened to an innocent kid, in the character of Sarah (smartly played by Kerri Koczen) at the tender age of six.  Princess Cut” shows also that there are certainly other “older” girls caught up in this pernicious enterprize.  InPrincess Cut“, Sarah gets raped, and raped repeatedly by boys – over and over, apparently for several years. (Where are the parents all this time)? What goes down here – and it goes heavily – is the adult Sarah’s eventual, challenging awakening to her past horrors. Her road to recovery will be difficult.  What we get from Sarah is a brave willingness to chase her nightmares away, emotionally and mentally. It’s not an easy task. After being put though one the ugliest of human doings such as this, how do you get your trust back?  This is a harrowing tale, worth seeing, and worth remembering, but it’s not for the squeamish. Direction by Danielle Roos was smooth and just right. The set and lighting were simple but effective. The music and songs done by Christian Barnett and Joey English at the play’s prelude were a superb touch, very disarming, and a fresh method for setting up the audience for the sad and powerful story that follows.”

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