The first storyteller was introduced as an aerial yoga practitioner and queer writer. She told the audience details about her first visit to the Egyptian room, a place Lonely Planet advertises as “Portland's main lesbian hangout”. Her story was focused around her disgust with fetishization of brown skin, subverting the patriarchy from within and experiencing a stranger extend an opportunity to connect in the most surprising way.
The second storyteller easily transitioned the theme of connection, stating that “sex is the most meaningful to me when we express the symmetries between us.” She carefully retold her experience of having sex with a partner where she had a phantom cock and he had a phantom vagina. The takeaway? Find someone who is game and suspend your own beliefs as often as you can.
The third storyteller gracefully recounted his gradual decline with his ex-wife, as eloquent as that can be told. Their no sex for six years “secret” escalated when he found someone he fell in love with. His prior era as a lonely pastor turned into a dramatic adventure into acceptance, vulnerability and starting brand new...with everything. He emphasized the importance in being honest from the beginning.
The fourth storyteller and co-host of the night shared her experience of growing up in Germany and masturbating with a rusty nail in the Black Forest. She concluded with explaining the importance in setting healthy boundaries for yourself.
The fifth storyteller moved to Oregon and, due to circumstances, was left without a job. She decided to try stripping and almost gave up before an experienced dancer reached out to her. She found community and sisterhood. The really good moments make time hustle, not stop.
The sixth storyteller is a senior sex ed blogger who could “go without sex and be just fine”. She was rigid and avoiding sex with her husband. They attended intimacy workshops in California and tried to work their marriage out through this. It took a handful of events for Jane to realize what was holding her back: trauma from her childhood. She found solace in a stranger who held space for her to work out these realizations and no longer let her pain influence her current love.
I walked away from the Alberta Rose theater not only feeling more thoughtful about my own experiences, but realizing that we all feel so much of the same things.
December 11th, The Mystery Box Show will be back at the Alberta Rose Theatre for more intimate and true stories.
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