The Supreme Gentleman

The Supreme Gentleman is a story of humanity, violence, and responsibility. It’s a narrative of supreme imperfection, social justice, and violence. It’s about Chads, Staceys, Feminists and Incels.

Jen, Ingrid, and Francis have been commissioned to write a monologue by an ‘Incel,’ a self-identified ‘involuntary celibate’. Incels are an online subculture bound together by nihilistic thoughts, extreme misogyny, and keyboard-driven hate. They relish all kind of minority-directed violence: misogyny, homophobia, racism, etc. They are a particular brand of hate that have flourished with the combination of the internet, patriarchal entitlement, and growing isolation endemic to the 21st century. Incels have radicalised on multiple occasions and are responsible for the deaths of 44 people. Two of the Incel-terrorists commit suicide before their capture.

Bradley, the Incel that the writing group is creating, is an inheritor of extreme hate and violence. What ethical problems must be navigated to put him on stage? To give him a voice? To what extent is he a caricature of the most radical Incels, plagued with mental illness, and subjected by circumstance to utter loneliness? The only thing that’s certain is that he’s human. What violence is present in ignoring his humanity, and what violences are within the writers that they refuse to admit?

When Bradley appears as a person in the writing room, the writers must confront their prejudices, their responsibilities to Bradley, and the dangers that begin to gnaw through the surface of their interactions.

The Supreme Gentleman presents a battlefield of woke-ness, where violence is plural, ambiguity reigns, and humanity manifests as a worm-eaten mess.

DIRECTOR:

Sean Maroney

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:

Julia Christensen

CAST:

Julia Christensen

Jake Fryer-Hornsby

Jess Bush

Nathan Wilson

VENUE:

Chippen St Theatre

DATES:

Sep 19-22

VENUE:

Chippen St Theatre

DATES:

Sep 19-22

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