Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight
An MFA Thesis Production
"In another life I was my sister's husband"
This is the final production of a year-long development of Hold Me Tight, devised with the ensemble as part of the thesis project of Naomi Bennett, MFA candidate in Television, Film and Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles.

October 20-22
Monday-Wednesday, 7:30pm
Arena Theatre

California State University, Los Angeles
Tickets available at: http://holdmetight.bpt.me
$12 General, $8 Student/Senior/Artist
Limited seating!  Get your tickets early!!! 


The Papin Sisters: A Brief History

Hold Me Tight is inspired by the true-crime story Christine and Lea Papin, sisters, maids and supposedly lovers.  On the evening of February 2nd, 1933, the two massacred their employer, Madame Lancelin, and her daughter, Genevieve, gouging out their eyes, smashing their skulls, and beating the two women to an unrecognizable pulp. When asked afterwards why they did it, the sisters were silent, insisting only that they did it together.  During their incarceration, Christine, the older sister, is reported to have said: "I believe that in another life I was my sisters husband."  This quote, and the sisters obvious deep bond to each other, led many to speculate an incestuous affair between them. On the 20th thru 22nd of October, the week before Halloween, you'll have a glimpse of our interpretation of "the Papin affair," the case that set France aflame.

About our Production

This original devised theatre-dance production is the thesis project of Naomi Bennett, MFA candidate in Television, Film and Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles. 
As an ensemble, we have worked for the past nine months using dance, spoken word, soundscaping, and integrated media to explore the supposed incestuous relationship of the sisters, their ostracization, isolation, and how we as performers can relate to their Delire a Deux.  Our explorations have unearthed issues of class, gender, sexuality, and the basic human need for physical touch.

*Hold Me Tight is a current Artist-in-Residence at Schkapf Theatre and Performance Incubation Hub.


Hold Me Tight an MFA Thesis Project

October 20-22, 7:30pm

Arena Theatre, CSULA


Bitter Lemonshttp://losangeles.bitter-lemons.com/2014/09/24/help-an-mfa-director-pay-her-actors-more/

Indiegogo fundraising pagehttp://igg.me/at/holdmetight