Love Trade

March 29, 2018 - April 8, 2018


The Downstairs | 66 E 4th Street

Thursday to Saturday at 7pm; Sunday at 2pm

$25 Adult Tickets; $20 Students/Seniors (plus $1 Facility Fee)

By The Hess Collective
Written & Directed by Elizabeth Hess

A love tangle. A lonely girl. Lost god. One angry mother.
Love Trade tests the sex games Demeter passes on to her daughter Persephone, who wanders away from the Upper World and meets the exotic Shiva. All three undergo the death of fake dreams and false longings as they descend into the Depths, emerging transformed.


"Ms. Hess arises as a vibrantly sexual, magnificent woman…The play is about transformation and Ms Hess’ realization of it is astonishing…The woman gazing out at the audience as the lights go down is so stunning you need a moment to remember she was there all the time."
- The New York Times
"…wonderfully acted by an extremely talented actress, plumbing the depths of her powers to communicate the energy that has been necessary to liberate herself."
- The Scotsman
"…a deeply visceral experience... As part of her cries out, another part of her stands strong before moving on to the next moment."
- HowlRound: Performance Arts at the UN

Creative Team

Director & Playwright: Elizabeth Hess
Cast /Collaborators:
Elizabeth Hess, Katie Palmer, Lucas Syed
Sound Designer /Composer: Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed
Movement Consultant: Gina Stevensen
Creative Producer / Company Manager: Jenny Waxman
Producing Consultant: Rebecca Sheahan
For The Hess Collective:
Artistic Director: Elizabeth Hess
Managing Director: Jenny Waxman
Producing Associate: Rebecca Sheahan

About the Artists

The Hess Collective generates new work based on a hybrid approach to embodied performance. A fusion of physical theater modalities culled from Western and Eastern practices, diverse ensemble members unlock impulses, experience and imagination to generate transformative, empathetic and expansive artistic expression. The work addresses issues of social and global urgency through heightened realism, cross-cultural collaboration and inter-disciplinary creation.