'My First Time' to spark discussion at Wharton
Wharton Center’s Creative Director Bert Goldstein knows people want to hear about sex.
“Let’s face it — it’s a subject we’re all interested in,” he said. “It’s a common experience.”
Although he admits some can be reluctant to share stories about sex, Goldstein decided to bring a play to MSU that will do just that to give students something to talk about. Broadway producer Ken Davenport’s play, “My First Time,” a play based on thousands of anonymous posts about first sexual experiences on myfirsttime.com, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wharton Center.
Following the show, neuroscience professor Marc Breedlove and the play’s actors from the Williamston Theatre, 122 South Putnam St., in Williamston, Mich., will lead a discussion with the audience about the issues brought up in the play, such as love and relationships as well as sexual assault.
Breedlove said he wants the discussion to serve as an outlet for the audience to give feedback on the play and share their own personal experiences.
“Some parts will resonate with people,” he said. “I think it’s important to bring up so many issues with sex that people avoid talking about. Some of our attitudes about sex are pretty funny.”
Williamston Theatre Director John Lepard said it’s important to have such discussions, especially in intimate relationships.
“If it’s somebody you’re intimate with and who you love, you have to be able to be honest about that sort of thing,” he said. “For many people, it’s important to be able to talk to someone about it.”
Chemistry freshman Anisa Tootla said she would consider attending the play just to see what it’s all about.
“I think it would be interesting” she said. “People always picture the romantic aspect (of sex), and it would be interesting to see the different sides of it.”
Goldstein hopes the audience will find the play relatable.
“The stories are funny or goofy — they’re bittersweet,” he said. “But some are sad and tragic, where (sex) was used as a weapon, and people got hurt. It’s really an interesting view of the human condition through the eyes of human sexuality.”