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Harmon Leon’s Bodyslamming for Jesus and Infiltrating Porn, for You

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What’s it like to be a clothed extra at a porn shoot? How about a member of the most hated church in America? A carney? O.J. Simpson’s hired sidekick on a reality TV show? Harmon Leon’s gone undercover to get answers, and thank God he’s willing to do it because let’s face it, you couldn’t pay most sane people to join any of these grim demographics (welllll, maybe the porn extra, but Leon’s here to tell you you’d regret it.)

Leon has written about his adventures for VICE, published five books about them, and tours with his always-evolving one-man show, coming to The Unicorn Saturday and the Kraine Theater Tuesday. On stage he uses video and other multi-media elements to give audiences a close-up look at what it’s like to infiltrate of some of America’s most fascinating subcultures. Leon took a few minutes to chat with us about, yes, the aforementioned stunts, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg–he’s been doing this a long time.
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Play/Date

Interactive and immersive, Play/Date isn’t really a show as much as an experience: it takes place at a lounge (Fat Baby in the Lower East Side), where the audience can either sit or meander while they watch performers move around the bar and perform a series of short plays. Sure, the plays’ subject—New York dating—has been beaten to death. But Play/Date is less about the stories and more about the interaction between the audience and the actors. Did we mention you’re encouraged to drink while you watch? Sold.

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“Football Head” at La MaMa

Visual artist, performer, and gay stage icon Chris Tanner brings true-life tales, and, in his words, “humiliating stories of the sexual awakening of a nerdy art queen,” to the stage in Football Head. Tanner sings and tells the stories, accompanied on the stage by three doo-wop singers and collaborator Lance Cruce. The show is first and foremost about his family, intermingled with shame, guilt, and celebration thrown in for good measure.

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“Football Head” at La MaMa

Visual artist, performer, and gay stage icon Chris Tanner brings true-life tales, and, in his words, “humiliating stories of the sexual awakening of a nerdy art queen,” to the stage in Football Head. Tanner sings and tells the stories, accompanied on the stage by three doo-wop singers and collaborator Lance Cruce. The show is first and foremost about his family, intermingled with shame, guilt, and celebration thrown in for good measure.

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Play/Date

Interactive and immersive, Play/Date isn’t really a show as much as an experience: it takes place at a lounge (Fat Baby in the Lower East Side), where the audience can either sit or meander while they watch performers move around the bar and perform a series of short plays. Sure, the plays’ subject—New York dating—has been beaten to death. But Play/Date is less about the stories and more about the interaction between the audience and the actors. Did we mention you’re encouraged to drink while you watch? Sold.

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One-Acts for a Cause Gala

For the second year, Planet Connections, an eco-friendly arts organization, presents its One-Acts for a Cause Gala. Four renowned playwrights—Israel Horovitz, Erik Ehn, Winter Miller, Wendy MacLeod—have written one-act plays that bring attention to hunger and homelessness in New York City. All proceeds from the show benefit City Harvest, a New York-based food rescue organization. Show-goers are encouraged to bring canned food to donate to City Harvest.

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“Clown Bar” at The Box

Back for a limited-engagement encore, Clown Bar is a dark-comedy-slash-whodunit about a clown searching for the answers to his brother’s murder. The show is critically acclaimed, and every bit as weird as it sounds. The audience is encouraged to wear full clown regalia to the performance; they’ll get free shots of “extra funny” if they do. We haven’t seen the show, but there’s a “Fight Director” in the crew credits, and that’s all we need to know.

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“Football Head” at La MaMa

Visual artist, performer, and gay stage icon Chris Tanner brings true-life tales, and, in his words, “humiliating stories of the sexual awakening of a nerdy art queen,” to the stage in Football Head. Tanner sings and tells the stories, accompanied on the stage by three doo-wop singers and collaborator Lance Cruce. The show is first and foremost about his family, intermingled with shame, guilt, and celebration thrown in for good measure.

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I’m Pretty Fucked Up

Written by Brooklyn playwright and New Mexico native Ariel Stess, I’m Pretty Fucked Up is a play about three high school friends who skip class to take a road trip into the New Mexico mountains. The action cuts between the friends and their freedom on the road, and the school, where teachers and students are dealing with an emergency lock-down.