Following last season’s critical success, Prophet, playwright provocateur Thomas Bradshaw takes on race, academia, pedophilia, drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity and infidelity in his signature stunning style. Directed by NTUSA‘s Yehuda Duenyas (Pastoralia), this explosive creation is not for the faint of heart.

Approximate running time: 70 minutes

WARNING: Purity contains scenes of a graphic sexual and violent nature that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Photo by: Shital Patel

“Tom Bradshaw’s most important contribution to society is snatching narrative and its elements back from the clutches of the Ordinary”
– Richard Maxwell

“…an ugly fantasy… Purity lures you with a comic touch and makes your laughs catch in your throat”
– The New York Times

“Vicious and harrowing… a profoundly disturbing play… the gratuitous detail is almost unbearable.”
– New York Sun

“…Not for the faint of heart. A whip-smart exercise in sublime discomfort…a brutal fantasia of sex, drugs, and racial politics.”
– Backstage

“Authentically hard-hitting and provoking.”
– nytheatre.com

“…achieves the trifecta of what it had been after all along – it frightens, it provokes and it causes contemplation. For those who have pushed through the more repellent moments of Purity, there is something satisfying here.”
– Americantheaterweb.com

“The line between Purity and pornography is a very fine one indeed… still had to admire Bradshaw’s furious bravado. If you have the stomach for this sort of thing, go with my blessings. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
– Gay City News


“cliched…deliberately offensive…potty-mouth…trash. A sloppily-written…crude cartoon of loathsome behavior…devoid of insight or inspiration. Nakedly depicted in excruciating detail.”

January 6 – 23, 2007

Opens Saturday January 6

Wednesday – Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Jan 18 – 23: Additional performances during the COIL Festival 2007

$15($10 Members)

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