I probably am not the first person in the spanko blogosphere to post about this, so apologies if this isn’t new to you, but it’s hilarious nonetheless.
Apparently there is a new play showing in a small New York theater. Written by Robert Askins, it is called Permission (click on the title to read all about it), and it’s a satire on Christian Domestic Discipline. Granted, this won’t be for everyone — it’s bound to offend many with its “Spankings for Jesus!” flavor. And some of the reviews I’ve read are lukewarm. But still… here’s the deal. It’s jam-packed with spankings. OTK, hand, hairbrush, belt. Real spankings, not faked. When it’s live theater, you can’t fake it with camera angles and sound effects. You also can’t use a butt double cough cough Dakota Johnson cough.
Mind you, I’m not into DD, Christian or otherwise. (How come you never hear of Jewish Domestic Discipline? And just what would that entail, anyway? For me, just threaten to make me eat gefilte fish and I’ll be a good girl.) But what a subject to use for a mainstream play! The possibilities are endless. However, that’s not what I’m going to speculate on here. Plenty of others will do that.
Here’s the part that tickled me, and made it very clear that the spankings in this play are real — the costume designer had to purchase specially padded panties for the two women in the play, who endure multiple spankings per performance, and there are eight performances a week. Even die-hard spankos would struggle with this a bit, I think! They could have implied the spankings off-stage, or made them really wimpy, but they wanted authenticity. Hence, these:
In a recent article all about the costuming for Permission (which you can read here, and I heartily recommend that you do), costume designer Paloma Young described the unique challenge of protecting the actresses from undue discomfort without compromising the authentic feel and sound of the spankings. Just reading about all the discussions and experiments cracked me up. Apparently, latex has a satisfying thwack, but polyurethane sounds too hollow. Who knew?
For spankos, delivering and receiving a spanking is kind of second nature. But for non-spankos, choreographing a spanking accurately is more of a challenge than you might imagine. I have to give kudos to everyone involved with this play, for working so hard to keep it real.
Whether or not the play is any good is another story. I’d be curious to hear about it from anyone who sees it!
Have a great weekend, y’all.