The Parrish Art Museum and Mortified NYC are once again co-presenting a Hamptons performance of the long-running, live storytelling event Mortified.
The Hamptons Get Mortified, Vol. 2, on Friday, December 4, at 6 p.m. is a curated stage show featuring participants who share their childhood writings, art, and/or media before a public audience. The new lineup at the Parrish will include veteran Mortified NYC presenters Jill Domanski, David Lawson, Jessica Werheimer and Nisse Greenberg, as well as the museum’s Visitor Services & Museum Programs Manager Amy Kirwin, who will share secrets from her adolescent diary.
Mortified organizers describe the project as “a comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids…There are a million stories buried in the pages of people’s lives. Our mission is to help people find them.”
The Hamptons Get Mortified is produced by Christina Galante and director/MC John Dorcic, and the evening will also feature DJ Twilo spinning retro beats and drink specials for purchase from the Golden Pear Café at the Parrish.
Presenters are selected after submitting their material to the producer of a specific Mortified chapter who selects the lineup and curates the material for each show. Mortified presenters have addressed topics from their past such as first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at Bible camp, and reasons why they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi.
Mortified was created in 2002 by Neil Katcher and David Nadelberg, who discovered an undelivered teenage love letter and sent a few emails to friends to learn who might be interested in sharing childhood writings on stage. The email went viral and resulted in a tremendous nationwide response. Over a decade later, what began with a single communication transformed into a movement that includes a range of participants—from advertising executives to attorneys to actors—who want to participate in Mortified.
Currently, there are U.S. chapters of Mortified in Austin, Boston, Chicago, DC/Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay Area; and international chapters in Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Malmo, and Paris. Mortified NYC holds performances once a month at Littlefield, a performance and art space in Brooklyn.
The critically acclaimed documentary, Mortified Nation, (Dir. Mike Mayer, 2013), is available on Netflix. Information on Mortified is available at getmortified.com.
Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Parrish members. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended.