It’s a bit randy, an interview with Salty Brine

Brine_EditedThe world premiere reading of Salty Brine’s Let Me Be Frank, directed by Jesse Thurston, is coming up on July 17 as part of our Bonfire Series. Read our interview with Salty below to learn more about this project and why he considers it a bit randy.

And reserve your seat now for Let Me Be Frank, July 17 at 7:30PM, South Oxford Space (138 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn).

Pipeline Theatre Company: What do you want us to know about your play?

Salty Brine: It’s about sexual education in America; It’s about a sex ed class that covers just about everything a sex-ed class doesn’t cover. So it’s a bit randy. Which is exciting. And hopefully surprising.

PTC: When and where did you decide to start writing this play? Why?

SB: I’ve been thinking about writing this play for years. I can’t remember when or where the idea came. But I do remember realizing, years after I’d lived it, how cheated I’d been by my sex-ed class. It had absolutely nothing to do with me. And how angry that made me. And I’ve daydreamed over the years about finding myself in a room with a bunch of teenagers, locking the door, and telling them everything I’ve learned that I wish someone would have told me. It struck me that that’s probably not going to happen. Because, for a number of terrible reasons, we’re not supposed to do so. The truth is considered too dangerous. So I decided I’d just take that daydream and make it into a play.

PTC: What excites you most about this project?

SB: Dirty words? Sexy topics? No. I imagine it’s exacting a kind of revenge on my high school that’s most exciting. I think that’s healthy, don’t you?

PTC: In one sentence, tell us something strange that happens in your play.

SB: A globe is used for a very odd purpose.

PTC: Are you working on anything else? What?

SB: Oh yes! I’m running a weekly series which I call my Spectacular Living Record Collection Cabaret. Every Wednesday night I perform a show I’ve built around an entire, amazing album. And every month we change the album. So there’s always a new show and something exciting to see and hear. If you want to know more:

PTC: Two truths and a lie, go:

SB: I’m considered Rhode Island royalty.

I’m just mad about shoes. 

I didn’t eat eggs until I was 26.

PTC: What’s next for you?

SB: More cabaret! And a vacation! And then more cabaret! And more plays!

About Let Me Be Frank

by Salty Brine | directed by Jesse Thurston
July 17, 7:30PM
138 S. Oxford St, Brooklyn
Reserve Your Seat

The students at North Langdon High are scheduled to start sex-ed today. But their teacher, Frank Dosier, has been asked to remove himself from school grounds due to allegations that he might be— ehem— gay. What starts as a lecture on the fertilization of an ovum quickly becomes a down-and-dirty, no-holds-bar manifesto of pleasure and passion. The students find themselves confronted with the realities of a sexually active lifestyle. And Frank finds himself in the midst of a classroom hijacking that might just change his life.