A Fallopian Fairy Tale
Author: Marisa Marquez
Description: Maligaya is on a mission to take the pink out of Princess and put it back in the pussy. With her pitch for a Disney-meets-Girls children's book at stake, stories from her life expose a less charming reality.
First Produced: 2013
Date Added: 10/31/2013
Content Advisory: Mature content
Keywords: Comedy · Drama · Coming of Age · Requires/Supports Sophisticated Multimedia/Technical Elements · Social Issues · Solo Play · Characters are Mostly Young Adults · Feminism
1 Act, 60 Minutes
1 Female, 0 Males
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Original Production Information
A Fallopian Fairy Tale premiered at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival with the following cast and credits:
Performer: Marisa Marquez
Dramaturge/Director: Kira Onodera
Illustrator: Gabriella Miyares
Co-Producers: Siho Ellsmore and Mark DeGuzman
Stage Manager: Melissa Singson
Lighting Designer: Calvin Anderson
Light Board Operator: David Smith
Producer: YBW Productions
Review by Josephine Cashman
In Fact and in Fiction, girls grow up. Bodies change, hormones race, and fairy tales and princesses are a way to make it more palatable. Marisa Marquez fairly points out that sanitized fairy tales discourage girls from growing into a powerful and unique self. Marisa pitches a story for girls that will take the Pink, Fluffy, Disney-ification out of Princesses and put the Bold and Spirited Pussy back in. Marisa’s one-woman show tells two intertwining tales; one is her strict, catholic, Pilipino upbringing. The other is a grittier fairy tale version.
Marisa’s parents are strict, very religious, and sex is only discussed when talking about Mary’s eternal virginity. Marisa goes to a Catholic university where the university employed GYN doctor tells her the only way she can procure birth control pills is to claim that she has cramps. After a moment of silent communication, they both agree she has cramps. Even when Marisa is 30 years old, her parents cling to the belief that she is still chaste and pure, not unlike the Disney princesses, or Jesus.
Then there is The Scarlet Princess; the heroine of a fairy tale Marisa believes will be a more honest tale of the experiences of young women and girls today. The Scarlet Princess (you have to see the show to fully appreciate how she gets her moniker) has a mother without a voice, and a father, the King who wants to keep her in the castle forever. Instead of a fairy godmother and helpful talking animals, Marisa gets a Fairy Gyno-mother who speaks with a distinct Jewish accent. This Gyno godmother gives her the practical advice that her royal family will not or cannot give and she encourages her to see the world.
The Princess has lots of adventures such as the good-looking romantic prince of the night becomes an ugly, lecherous hermit in the morning. Meanwhile back in Marisa’s realm, she contracts a strain of the HPV virus that causes cancer. Despite all the challenges, both Marisa and the Scarlett Princess explore brave new worlds: the good the bad, the hilarious, and the sad.
Marisa does a great job juggling all of her characters (her send up of both the Fairy Gyno Mother and her mother are terrific). Marisa truly portrays the uncertainty and confusion of a girl’s growth into womanhood, especially when others would prefer she simply “flower” instead.
Both Melissa Singson (stage manager) and Calvin O. Anderson (Lighting Design and Operation) do a great job in the small space, adeptly handling the slide show transitions in an inventive and simple way. I think it’s effective. The fairy tale princess is revealed to be two dimensional, fragile and passive, whereas the more truthful and emotionally authentic experience is richly three-dimensional.
It is truly satisfying to see both the Scarlett Princess and Marisa develop into the kind of gutsy princesses that the world needs more of.
reviewed at the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival
Review by Adrienne Urbanski in Theatre is Easy (2013)
Marquez's humorous script and talent as a storyteller make this solo show hilarious, relatable, and at times touching. Read the review.
Excerpt from A Fallopian Fairy Tale
Good morning everyone. As an illustrator here at the Little Lady Library for the past ten years, I just want to thank you for this opportunity to present what I think, could be a new and exciting direction for the company. I’m looking to give new meaning to our motto “Read Like a Lady.” For the past year and a half I’ve been working on a book that will provide young girls with a better understanding of the mysteries inside them. I’m proposing a more illuminating fairy tale to help young ladies understand the truth of the world around them and not the fantasy Disney created for them.
As we know, introduction to the storybook life begins at a young age. Little girls dream of becoming princesses because of what they see on the page.
Image: Fancy dresses.
Image: Handsome prince.
Image: Fantastic castle.
Fantastic castles and a charmed life. Adults indulge the fantasy by dressing girls in pink and sparkles and tiaras. Those little girls start to believe that becoming a princess is an attainable occupation. Like becoming a supreme court justice or an accountant. Pink has become synonymous with being a princess - a life of pampering and adoration.
Image: Picture of Prince William and Kate at their wedding.
Let’s think deeper, why does pink also represent being a woman? Pink is the color of the labia. But it probably wouldn’t be popular to ask for the labia lipstick, or labia tutu. There in lies the problem, instead of pink symbolizing womanhood we have indoctrinated girls to think there is a pink road to a princess lifestyle where fairy tales come true. As grown women, aren’t we still looking for that happy ending? Hell, without Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty - romantic comedy would not be a genre. I think it’s time we start to brace young girls for the reality of womanhood and my book will take the pink from princess and put it back in the pussy.
United Solo Festival #1: Martin Denton is joined by Omar Sangare, founder and artistic director of the United Solo Festival plus four participants--John Fico (Made For Each Other), Marisa Marquez (A Fallopian Fairy Tale), Sean Patrick Monahan (Diva), Blake Walton (Leading Men)--in a fun, congenial roundtable discussion of the festival. An extra special bonus: hear an excerpt from each show.