Dirty Laundry Aired Fondly
Dirty Laundry Aired Fondly
© 2011 Ryan Good
At Go, KATE grabs a laundry hamper hamper that has one item of clothing from each of the current cast in it. They approach an audience member and ask them to pick on item from the basket. Whoever the owner of the selected item is then does this play. All other neos exit. Selected neo comes to center and tells the brief story of the significance of this item (shouldn’t be memorized, just told in their words at that moment). Some detail is good but this shouldn’t go on for over a minute. Towards the end of the story, selected neo puts on item of clothing (if it doesn’t fit anymore, they can get creative). Story should end with “And I still have it today”.
Neo wears that item for the remainder of the show.
Here are some examples of stories:
Cecil(t-shirt): This powder blue teeshirt which my friend Kate bought for me at a thrift shop in Knoxville when we were 16. It says “Oak Ridge, TN OBGYN” on it and has a picture of a stork carrying a baby. Even at a young age, I loved the irony of a young gay kid wearing a teeshirt which had to do with vaginas and babies. I have traveled the world in this shirt and still have it today.
Ryan (a pair of boxers with holes burnt into them): This is a pair of boxer briefs that almost lit someone’s house on fire. And I wish I could say that it was a moment of passion that led me to this result, but really it was just post-coital silliness. I threw these on the ceiling light fixture to be goofy while lying around naked with someone I love very much. We laughed, we threw hers on too, we left to go make naked lunch. Later, when it got dark, we turned on the light forgetting our impromptu art installation and realized that burning underwear smells strangely like melting plastic. So we kept them in a memory box and I still have them today.
Dan (fishing cap): This is a fishing cap I used to wear ALL the time when I was 18 or 19. It reminds me of being really young, weird, and confused about my identity on multiple levels. And I still have it today.
Meg (fedora): This fedora belonged to an ex of mine. It reminds me of good times, running around like crazy kids with dreams. After I moved away I use to wear it a lot because I loved him and to spite him because he loved it and I had it and he was fucking some other bitch. Then it started to make me sad because that great time in my life was dead. It’s on its way to being forgotten with any luck but I still have it today.
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