Virile Streak 
2006 Premiered at ODC Theater,
San Francisco & Joyce SoHo, NYC

"Ms. Townsend and the upsettingly effective Patric Cashman were the masochistic core."

"In the most successful scene, he sexually eviscerated Julie Sheetz like a raptor toying with a rabbit, turning her this way and that in his lap until she froze into a clenched fetal ball."
New York Times, Claudia La Rocco, 2006

Loosely based on the complex relationship between Renée-Pélagie de Sade and her husband the Marquis de Sade and time warped forward to 2006, this evening work is saturated in manipulation, dominance, desire and restraint.  Exposing the bondage of partnership and the gift of vulnerability, Virile Streak explores the madness of desire, and the delight of love and evil in the limitless presumption of appetite.

Created by Lisa Townsend Company
Original Music Composed & Performed Live by Piro Patton & Michael Bello
Lighting Design: José Maria Francos & Julie Ana Dobo
Set/Costume Design: Heidi Sandvoll

Performers: Patric Cashman, Damara Ganley, Phil Halbert, Suzanne Lappas, Julie Sheetz, Ami Student, & Lisa Townsend

This piece was made possible with support from the Artist-in-Residency Program at ODC Theater, the Zellerbah Family Fund, Marin Arts Council, and Individual Donors