Friday, February 13, 2015

HORSE GIRLS: Nymphet Equestrians

Ashleigh (Olivia Macklin)  and Tiffany (Angeliea Stark) in Horse Girls

Here's the plot summary for the play Horse Girls: 12-year-old Ashleigh rules the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida's most exclusive horse club. News that her family's stables are being sold and their horses killed for meat throws the Ladies into crisis in this dark comedy of middle school deception and lies.

What could be "dark" about a play where young women play nymphets (e.g., Ashleigh was played by Olivia Macklin who, according to the play's programme, is a junior at Fordham University majoring in performance)? Well, the play had the following "dark" aspects:

As the capacity crowd, in the extremely small The Cell theater, waited for the play to begin,  Nicki Minaj's  "Anaconda" blared over the speakers, which caused two lesbians to start mildly gyrating. (And if you think Horse Girls is "dark" I'm not sure what the proper adjective would be for "Anaconda's" lyrics.) The dancing lesbians led me to believe that the play had some lesbian content. And I was correct. One of the members of Lady Jean Ladies confessed that she was in love with Ashleigh; thus, there was a middle-school lipstick lesbian theme. 

It was shared that another pre-teen member of the Lady Jean Ladies was "fingered outside of the barn".

12-year-old Ashleigh desired to have an age-gap relationship with a famous equestrian.

And lastly, there was their schoolgirl uniform fetish theme.

Horse Girls was written by Jenny Rachel Weiner. Weiner related in an interview with Theater in the Now, "Horse Girls is a play about pre-teens: their obsessions, their insecurities, their desperate need to find a place in the world... I think the experiences we have in middle school shape us in a major way..."

Based on the play and Weiner's statements, one can infer that middle school girls commonly experience lipstick lesbianism, fingering and teleiophilia. Based on evidence compiled in The Allure of Nymphets, one could concur. 

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