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"My First Time" Performances Set Nov. 4-7 At STLCC-Forest Park

October 26, 2010

Cast of My First Time  
Chris Felts, Kayle Pierce, Robert Dillard and Rachel Stassi will perform in
“My First Time,” which will be staged at STLCC-Forest Park Nov. 4-7.

As touching as it is funny, “My First Time” will be presented Nov. 4-7 at the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. Admission is free. The play contains mature language and subject matter.

The cast includes Rachel Stassi of Dogtown, Robert Dillard of St. Louis, Chris Felts of Collinsville, Ill., and Kayle Pierce of north St. Louis County.

The four performers will bring to life dozens of unique characters, all sharing hysterical and heartbreaking true stories about first sexual experiences, written by real people.

“The stories are really more about life,” said director Tim Daly. “It’s fast-paced and fun, 90 minutes with no intermission.” 

Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4-6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.

In 1998, a decade before blogging began, a website was created by Peter Foldy, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, and a friend that allowed people to anonymously share their own account of first times. The website became an instant phenomenon, and 40,000 stories poured in from around the globe that were silly, sweet, absurd, funny, shy, sexy and everything in-between. The play’s dialogue is taken from those stories.

“It’s one of the very few things that almost every single person has experienced, no matter where you come from or where you live,” producer Ken Davenport told the Village Voice. “To me, it’s a unifying experience. But for so many reasons, it is one we rarely talk about.”  

The acclaimed documentary-style play ran for 2-1/2 years off-Broadway, closing Jan. 22.

“I love being in this show because it’s fun and not something people are going to be used to," said Stassi, a junior theatre major at Saint Louis University. "The cast is great – the energy couldn’t be more alive. It has funny moments, sad moments, creepy moments, heartfelt moments, and it’s real. People will really be able to connect with the stories and find something that speaks to them.”

Stassi has appeared in other STLCC productions, including “The Shape of Things” at Forest Park last spring and recently in Florissant Valley’s one-act “Under the Balcony.”

“It’s hilarious, though-provoking and universal. ‘My First Time’ catches us at the nexus of our human existence: the loss of one’s virginity," said Felts, who works part time in the Forest Park Communications department. "Almost everyone goes through it and our individual stories form a tapestry of experiences. ‘My First Time’ records that tapestry, showcasing us at our very best and worst.”

Dillard, a graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, said the play has allowed him to tap into many different parts of himself.

“It allowed me humor, sensitivity, anger and a little confusion, too,” he said. “No matter who you are or where you’re from, there’s something in this play that you can connect with – and you’ll leave the theater with a version of your story being told.”

For more information, contact Daly at 314-644-9386 or e-mail at tdaly3@stlcc.edu.