The Last Ring, Staged Reading
*Photos by William Arvidson
Written by Ashley Lauren Rogers
Directed by David Charles
Produced by Ashley J. Jacobson and Elizabeth Sarkady
Performances by Dino Antoniou, Mike Callahan, Lara Fox, Kana Hatakeyama, and Emily Hecht
Presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Last Ring was presented as part of The Dirty Blondes' Beta Reading Series, a reading-in-conversation series where new plays are explored through structured round-table discussions.
The Last Ring is a full length play about Mari, a closeted transgender woman from Japan and the number one contender for a professional wrestling title who is being blackmailed. If she doesn’t pay a ransom her trans status will be revealed to the world. We watch Mari take on her long time adversary Alexa in a ladder match for the WEW Prima Donna’s Championship. Will Mari win the title? How will Mari deal with the ransom on her head? Will the world accept a trans woman as a Champion?