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?
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
ASHLEY LAUREN ROGERS earned a Bachelor’s of English Literature and Theatre at Fitchburg State College, was invited to the two week summer playwriting intensive at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, had shows produced in New York City as part of Stage Left Studio and the New York Nineteenth Century Society, Theatre To Go in Melrose MA, and as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. Recently her work has been displayed as part of Stage Left Studio’s sold out Gender: A Performance Project, and her show Bite Curious, was a part of White Rabbit Production’s Scream Queens and Crazed Fiends, short play event. Her one person show PASS/FAIL will receive its premiere at Dixon Place Lounge NYC and The Midtown International Theatre Festival, and will be a part of the Transgender Theatre Festival at The Brick Theatre in June.
Ashley is a recipient of the ACM Award for Comedy Video for writing the pilot of Marisa and Rocco, is the creator of Ashley Rogers Does Something Awesome, Monthly Tea with Madeline Foxtrot, all through Dogtoon Media. She has been featured in the Frenchy and The Punk Music video for “House of Cards,” Sundance Channel’s “Young Broke and Beautiful,” and TLC’s “Bling It On.” Ashley has written articles for Beyond Victoriana and Steampunk Magazine Online, has been a vlogger and a blogger for NerdCaliber.com. Ashley has developed a workshop for writers to learn how write for trans and non-binary narratives.
PLAYWRIGHT, Ashley Lauren Rogers
DIRECTOR, David Charles
MARI, Kana Hatakeyama
ANNOUNCER/STAGE DIRECTIONS, Emily Hecht
ALEXA, Lara Fox
GLEN, Mike Callahan
JIMMY, Dino Antoniou