Comedic Erotica Readers “Deus Sex Machina” Put Sex and Laughs On The Table
In the Philippines sex is often spoken in hushed tones followed by an occasional giggle or awkward remark. Many Filipinos are not as open when it comes to discussing or openly joking about intercourse. We met up with a group of friends who saw a gap to fill in the indie entertainment scene. With the aim of slaying sex taboo and creating spaces for artistic expression with regards to the act, Deus Sex Machina comes forward; they comically act out erotic mini skits that sometimes function as a form of social commentary.
Marco Sumayao, co-founder and member of Deus Sex Machina, describes it in a mouthful as a comedic erotica live reading show consisting of originally written and compiled 10-minute acts. “We’ve been together for about four years and we’ve grown from a group of 11 people to a team of 40 creatives. It’s kind of fun, it’s like a huge, scary family.”
Recounting their first show a few years ago, Marco recalls how they expected just a few of their friends to come, but a massive crowd turned up at the venue. It was so packed Marco and friends had to turn some people away at the door, and a couple of curious would-be fans watched from the windows. “If you get to go to a show where people talk about it [sex] openly, suddenly it’s liberating for both the performers and the audience.”
If you're curious and want to watch the Deus Sex Machina troupe perform live they do have an upcoming staging towards the end of February. Marco invites everyone available to come watch. “We have our first full-length musical coming up on Feb 23, 9pm at Yuchengco Museum. It's titled ‘My Dad's Imaginary Castrated Penis’. It's not a full production, but a staged reading/singing of the material.” Tickets for that performance are available here via Ticketworld and a limited supply will be available at Yuchengco Museum as well.