The Money Shot
by Neil LaBute
Next Show Times:
May 12-28th at Krudttønden, Copenhagen.
English-language European Premiere directed by Down The Rabbit Hole founder, Jeremy M. Thomas. Played as part of the Cph Queer Theatre Festival August 13-15 at Folketeatret.
UK: Two famous movie stars who are anxious not to let their stars go out get together with their respective lovers to discuss filming a sex scene in their upcoming movie — for real. It’s been years since either one’s had a hit, and they are desperately hoping the latest movie by a hot-shot European director could change that. What follows is a comedic romp through the raging insecurities, petty power struggles and name-dropping absurdities that comes with the fame and fortune of being a movie star. Egos are shattered, fistfighting ensues, and everyone drinks entirely too much alcohol… all well before dinner. Neil Labute’s no-holds barred satire, The Money Shot, invites you into Hollywood’s inner circle while holding up a mirror to each of us, implicating our role in this culture in which very little is sacred and nearly nothing is taboo. As the evening devolves, the play asks, “How far will you go to hold on to fame?” – Avital Shira
DK: The Money Shot spilder ingen tid med at undersøge privilegie og selvtillid (eller manglen deraf) i Hollywood. Vi oplever prioriteringer og perspektiver så absurde, at vi kun kan reagere på hvor komisk et dilemma vores karakterer befinder sig i. Stykket er baseret på adskillige virkelige hændelser hvilket kun understreger den forfærdeligt absurde Hollywood-mentalitet. Respekt, karriere, hemmeligheder og meget mere er på spil i The Money Shot. To Hollywood stjerner sætter deres hustru og kæreste til bords sammen for at diskutere hvordan de kan bedst redde deres filmkarrierer fra forfald. En excentrisk europæisk filminstruktør har foreslået at de i den kommende film laver en ægte sex scene, i stedet for at lade som om. Før de kan acceptere dette grænseoverskridende tilbud, skal de have lov af deres partnere og der skal sættes nogle regler for langt de må gå.
Native dane from Skærbæk and now a resident of Los Angeles, the multi-lingual actor Tomm has a background in theatre and has studied with acting coaches Aaron Speiser, Tim Phillips, Jeremiah Comey and Gregory Berg aka Berg. Tomm is a World Champion Martial Artist, and an expert stunt-fighter. Some of Tomms credits include NCIS Los Angeles, Paradise City, The Interview, Outlaw Johnny Black, Call of Duty WWII and Medal of Honor. As a voice actor Tomm has worked on films such as JoJo Rabbit, Overlord, Charlie’s Angels and Marvels – Black Widow.
Danish born, trained as an actress in Scotland at QMU, and has since toured extensively with theatre and appeared in films and TV in Danish and English speaking productions. Dorte Rømer is also a former circus performer and stage fight director, and thrives with a steady variation between classical and modern shows. She recently had a small part in the HBO series “Gentleman Jack” and in the TV-series “The Orchestra” and “The Kingdom – Exodus”.
Mikka Deleuran is a 24 year old graduate from Copenhagen Film and Theatre School, currently making her way on stage as well as on camera. Driven by the motivation of awakening feelings and reactions from an audience, Mikka was last seen on stage as Frida in “Fridas Fucking Jul” and Sheila Birling in “An inspector calls”. In her free time, Mikka dances high level contemporary, tap, hip hop and jazz.
Jeremy M. Thomas
Jeremy is a freelance stage director and member of the Danish Directors Union, with a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and over 10 years professional directorial experience, working primarily in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a collaborative leader, with a strong sense for language and his artistic work focuses on re-imagining text-based theatre through experimentation and new play development through a unique concept of creative co-creation. Some of his most notable work is The Shy Manifesto (2020), The Clean House (2019) and Old Times (2020)
What the critics are Saying
“THE MONEY SHOT er en herlig komedie i den absolut letteste ende af genren. Det veloplagte cast giver den gas, mens intrigerne står i kø og skelletterne vælter ud af skabene. Og selvom forestillingen forløber forudsigeligt i gadedrengehop henover scenen, så ender den alligevel med en skøn lille overraskelse, der gør hele forestillingen værd at se.”