CHICAGO – “Purity Ball the Musical,” an original musical at The Annoyance Theatre explores the eerily incestuous world of evangelical Christian purity balls: ceremonies in which young girls symbolically give their virginity to their fathers to guard it until they find a husband. “Purity Ball: The Musical” re-opens Friday February 26th on the Annoyance’s Mainstage.
Our story follows Isabel, a devout Christian tempted to have sex with the dreamy worship bandleader days before the Colorado Springs Purity Ball. As purity festivities inch towards a bizarre father-daughter love-fest, Isabel must decide: Is purity a myth or does losing your virginity actually make you a broken garbage woman?
Purity Ball is a second musical from the minds of writer Molly Miller and Brad Kemp who previously collaborated on “Tribulation: The Musical” (New City Best Short-run Comedies of 2015, 2016 Fringe Festival, Chicago Musical Theater Festival) with direction from Tiffani Swalley (Assistant Director Second City Mainstage Fool Me Twice Déjà vu, Assistant Director Second City etc. Soul Brother Where Art Thou). Together they were inspired and thoroughly creeped out by real Christian purity balls where fathers pledge to become their daughter’s “spiritual boyfriends.” With a cast of immensely talented improvisers and musical theater performers “Purity Ball: The Musical” is a hilariously irreverent look at the purity movement with a heartfelt message about what faith really means.
“Purity Ball: The Musical” opens on The Annoyance Theatre’s Main Stage, Friday February 26th and runs through April 7th at 8:00 p.m.
$20 / $15 Students
For more information, view The Annoyance website, www.theannoyance.com or call the box office: 773.697.9693. The Annoyance is located at 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.