Press On Exposed
Conceived by Kristin Heckler
Written in collaboration with Jacob-Sebastian Phillips, Sarah Raimondi and Pauline Sherrow
Washington Square News
"'Exposed' manages to empathize with Weeks’ experiences while still highlighting the concerns and issues regarding feminism and pornography. The play does not treat the consequences of porn stardom lightly, but does challenge viewers to see it a new light. Overall, the play is an effective way to promote discussions about misogyny, sexual discrimination and the rights of sex workers. "
"This production does one of the most difficult things in any storytelling endeavor, it builds a dialogue with its audience with an honest but not all knowing script which doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable or contradictory. It challenges and takes care of the audience. "
Press on Sapiosexual
A short film by Lorne Svarc
NEW YORK TIMES
"In March, the Cinekink NYC film festival featured 'Sapiosexual,' a short film about a young woman named Cass whose attraction to her date increases as he discusses the work of E.M. Forster. As she puts it, 'Most people get turned on by rock-hard abs, toned muscles or perfect cheekbones. Not me.'" - Anna North link to article on Sapiosexuality
Paraphilia: Everyone Has A sexual disorder
by Lorne Svarc
"The show is well cast, with each actor fully embodying their characters under the guidance of director Kristin J. Heckler."
"BOTTOM LINE: Strong acting, compelling characters, an inventive script, and polished staging make this play a must see for FringeNYC-goers."
"Part of the success of this Paraphilia is how streamlined it feels"
"Congratulations to the talented playwright and director—who are also the show’s co-producers—for reminding us to be nice. Many of us may know stories ofpeople who were misunderstood, and deserved better."
Press on Stop Kiss by Diana Son
Stop Kiss was selected by Philadelphia Weekly as one of the 5 Can't-Miss Fringe Shows in 2012
“...the young Heckler’s determination makes her a director worth watching.” Philadelphia Weekly
Diana Son's understated, powerful drama benefits from a smart production emphasizing the intriguing romance between Callie (Colleen Hughes) and Sara (Erin Carr), neither whom identify as gay, resisting and denying their feelings for one another. Neither Son or director Kristin Heckler make Stop Kiss an Issue Play, so we process both their awful attack and their new social identities on a very personal level. Sara's ex (Matt Tallman) Callie's friend with benefits (William Toussaint), a police detective (John Jerbasi), and others (Megan Ede) define the transformations that take the women by surprise and change their lives.
— Mark Cofta, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Nothing was ever so tender [as] the hospital scene where Callie came to dress Sara...the audience was drawn in to every frail movement, deep breath, slight smile and wince...” Queer 2 the T