“First Love/Worst Love” is a collection of L.A. author Rebecca Cox’s flash fiction tales, adapted to the Open Fist stage at this June’s Hollywood Fringe Festival, performed by a cast of five L.A. actors – 12 stories, five actors, 45 minutes, and one stage (and four performances throughout the entire Fringe Festival).
What’s particularly unusual about First Love/Worst Love is that this play is being created organically from the 12 distinct monologues, some of which are in the third person, albeit most are intentionally composed as first person dialogue pieces. The evolution of this particular production is the fundamental inimitable nature of the play, as there are no rote rules to be followed – the play is creating itself as the actors become more and more embodied in their First Love/Worst Love literary assignations.
For anyone who’s ever loved someone and been so horribly disappointed by the wreckage that homicide crossed their mind more than once, anyone who’s asked their lover if she/he wanted ice cream while really wanting to admit fantasizing about anyone else during sex, anyone who might list the ways to make love stay…”First Love/Worst Love” will be something to see. It’s a bit like The Moth meets Craigslist’s Missed Connections meets Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind’s rock-bottom heartbreak and humiliation.