As a young wife kindles a love affair with a society gentleman, who happens to be sleeping with his parlor maid behind closed doors, her husband rendezvouses with a girl from town, who carries on with a bohemian poet after night-fall, though he really longs for another...On and on, partners switch: they meet, bed, and move on to the next. La Ronde, a play told in ten illicit dalliances, is a muscular investigation of sexual response, the performativity of arousal, gratification, kink, trauma, and the identity politics of the bedroom.
Traditionally featuring a cast of ten men and women, Cutting Ball's La Ronde is performed by two women, exploring gender's dual forces of power and disempowerment, oppression and liberation. Presented in the round, with audience on all sides of the action, La Ronde examines sex as confrontation and combat, a cage match.
This is what SF/Arts curator Jean Schiffman had to say about La Ronde :
Arthur Schnitzler’s famously sexy romp, exposing the mores of his era through the carnal escapades of various couples, was first produced in Berlin in 1920 and was considered scandalous. Sex, the playwright suggested, cuts across all societal and class boundaries. Cutting Ball’s new artistic director, Ariel Craft, is at the helm of this production, translated from the German by Eric Bentley and performed by Ella Ruth Francis and Jeunée Simon