GYNX is a darkly comedic stage play
by award-winning writer Alicen Grey.
A homeless teen lesbian, a prostituted girl, an underground abortionist and a former child porn victim are recruited into a rapist castration plot by a mysterious woman named Gynx. Men go into hiding, women take over the streets, and their operation makes global headlines. But when Gynx takes things too far, the group is forced to question whether they are truly on the side of justice.
REASONS TO SUPPORT GYNX:
GYNX is written by a young woman of color (hi!), the five main characters are female, the script explicitly calls for ethnically diverse actors, and the main character is a lesbian. Women, people of color, and lesbians are all demographics that are barely (and unfairly) represented in theater. With this play, I hope to give opportunities to actors from marginalized communities.
GYNX educates the audience about feminist issues such as sexual violence against women, women’s reproductive autonomy, child pornography, lesbophobia, human trafficking, and misogyny in the justice system — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
GYNX passes many feminist media tests with flying colors :
- The Bechdel Test– there are at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man
- The Sexy Lamp Test– there are no female characters who could be replaced by a “sexy lamp”
- The Furiosa Test – it makes people on the internet angry, lol
- The Babs and Kara Test – the female characters cannot be interchanged; they are unique, complex individuals
- The Mako Mori Test – every female character gets her own story arc that isn’t about supporting a man’s story
- The Tauriel Test – there are female characters who are depicted as highly competent at their jobs
- The Crystal Gems Test (the ultimate combination of all the above-mentioned tests)
WHAT’S THE LATEST WITH GYNX?
Glad you asked!
I first conceived of GYNX in December 2015, and after months of research, I started the actual writing process in April 2016.
In August, I held a contest to see who could come up with the best name for the vigilantes in the play. The responses were abundant and enthusiastic — and the winner was MJ Valenti, for her entry The Feminazi Five.
Now, 5 drafts later, GYNX will receive its first table reading on October 8th in NYC. The table reading was funded by generous donations to my Patreon Creator fund (THANK YOU EVERYONE!)
After this table reading, I intend to continue developing the script with more table readings, and staged readings. That will require time, energy and money. Lots, of money. As these details unfold, I will create a new crowdfunding platform and reach out for donations. Ideally, I’d produce GYNX independently. That’s a huge undertaking, I know. But I believe in this play with all my heart. I know we can make it happen!
Please check back often for updates on the progress of this production!
My heart is with you, lovelings,
*(By the way, it’s pronounced “jinx.”)