This particular’s a Sex-Positive Party, Not a Play

Afterward, Diana Oh took the brand-new Year’s Eve sex party as a sign. Just over a year ago, This particular multi-hyphenate artist rang in 2018 so near the Bushwick Starr theater in Brooklyn in which she wondered, when she got the address, if the secret party was actually at the theater.

No such luck. yet Ms. Oh — who can be 32 along with probably best known as the creator along with lead performer of the protest piece “{my lingerie play}” — fondly remembers in which evening as “very queer” along with “super consensual.”

along with when, a week or so later, the Bushwick Starr’s artistic director, Noel Allain, invited her to make a work due to This particular season, the confluence of events inspired her own sparkly revel.

The Infinite Love Party, Ms. Oh’s contribution to the Bushwick Starr’s winter lineup, begins on Friday. Billed as a celebration of queer people, people of coloration along with their allies, This particular’s a party, not a play. yet there can be a definite structure to the proceedings, along with on Tuesday night, wrapped in a silky robe along with with lacy black kitten ears on her head, Ms. Oh welcomed an invited crowd to a kind of dress rehearsal: a practice run with the same sleepover option in which regular guests will get.

“You all made This particular,” Ms. Oh said by the stage after she had sung her delicately pretty first song of the night. Looking out over the full room — its ceiling strung with white lights along with festooned with iridescent streamers — she seemed genuinely choked up as she added, “I’m so happy you’re here.”

If you saw Ms. Oh — defiant along with in her underwear — in “{my lingerie play},” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2017, the gentle bliss she radiated onto the Bushwick crowd might come as a surprise. So might the ultra-mellow vibe, especially if you know in which her initial concept for the party was an evening of what she called “adult sex education,” that has a team of “sex docents” shepherding the guests.

in which idea has morphed significantly over the course of a year in which she met her romantic partner at a conference of queer along with transgender Korean-Americans. In a party in which can be at This particular point focused on affirmation along with affection, the friendly supporting players are known as “super queero heart questers” or “Infinite Love docents.”

“You can tell them your dirty secrets if you want,” Ms. Oh said by the stage, yet the questers’ main task can be to lead the merriment. Getting out on the dance floor can be a big part of the job.

Ms. Oh, who studied theater at Smith College, then learned songwriting at the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at brand-new York University, can be so cheerfully sex-positive in which her default email signoff can be “Hot Regards.” Yet her Infinite Love Party can be hardly a bacchanal — though This particular might get wilder once the real parties begin, on weekend nights, without a reporter along with photographer to inhibit the proceedings.

The dress code can be whatever you like, as long as you’re barefoot or in stocking feet, along with at the practice run, ensembles included micro-minis, Mickey Mouse ears along with, for a number by the quester Bryce Nice — footwear allowed onstage — an impressive pair of thigh-high platform stilettos. Kevin Hourigan, who met Ms. Oh at Rattlestick along with can be the party’s co-creative director, wore an orange knit cap, a hot-pink bra along with red overalls, one strap dangling to leave a tattooed shoulder bare.

The feel of the evening was part sexy (there’s no alcohol, yet the urn of earthy-tasting “Aphrodisiac Tea” got a lot of takers), part crunchy (dinner can be potluck, with guests’ star signs used to assign the dishes they bring), part return to childhood (with finger painting to do, swings to swing on along with — a hallmark of a Diana Oh event — plenty of bubbles to blow).

With guests agreeing at the outset to “practice consent along with ask before touching people or things” — This particular can be inside contract written on a wooden pillar in which each person signs that has a candy-colored thumbprint — This particular felt like a safe space inside least rigid sense of the term: a place where the agenda was the joyous freedom to be yourself, whatever pronouns you use.

“This particular would likely never happen where I’m by,” said one guest, Lexie Bean, a nonbinary transgender children’s author who grew up in Michigan, lives in Queens along with seemed to encapsulate the spirit of the party that has a tossed-off line during an open-mic segment: “Crushes make the earth go around. You don’t need a life coach. You just need a crush.”

The party can be studded with songs by Ms. Oh, while her collaborators may be chosen to take part inside open mic — the portion of the program she calls “liberated performance.” This particular can be where one quester, Bloom Davis, did a ukulele number while dangling upside-down by aerial silks. A fellow quester, Shelley Fort, picked one audience member, Ned Donovan, to sing the Elvis Presley song “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” along with another, Jesse Cameron Alick, to slow dance to This particular with her.

The effect was surprisingly moving, as were some various other musical interludes inside Infinite Love Party. This particular can be the kind of art in which Ms. Oh makes, its fluidity somehow allowing moments of quietly blindsiding communion.

“Diana can be a supremely brilliant artist,” said Mr. Alick, the company dramaturg at the Public Theater, where Ms. Oh can be part of the Emerging Writers Group. “This particular’s actually difficult to understand why she’s brilliant. You can’t put the dramaturgy on This particular. Aristotle doesn’t work, you know?”

What could the dramaturgy possibly be for an event in which ends with more than a dozen guests bedding down on the dance floor like well behaved children at a slumber party? Number of dinosaur pajamas: one pair. Number of pillow fights: zero.

Ms. Oh washed the shimmery makeup off her face along with got under the covers beside her partner. The room fell quiet, the string lights mere pinpricks inside darkness, along with sounds of sleep filled the air.