Victoria Visiko: “Whispering Inhibitions”
March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A One Act Play
Based on a True Story of Lost Innocence & A Search for Redemption
Lara Brelle is an award-winning NYC actor, playwright, director, and producer. The story follows her life from 1970s-1980s to the present. All characters are important in the play’s flashbacks and current realities. There are moments of darkness, psychological breakdowns, sexual abuses, joy and enlightenment.
Whispering Inhibitions is based on a true story, mixed with a scattering of fiction to enhance the overall story line. Most of the story takes place in NYC.
“Whispering Inhibitions” is a censorious testimonial–almost a confession of stolen innocence and search for redemption with bleeding drop for drop due to the imposition of original sin visited on the virtuous. An example of how all too often what is beautiful and righteous must accommodate and cloak what is ugly and evil. But what is beautiful is still worthy.” By John Cimasi, Producer/Writer
“But perhaps watching Victoria Visiko’s brave play, “Whispering Inhibitions”, was the best example of what Fringe Festival is supposed to do.” By Jack Garner, Democrat & Chronicle
“Sometimes new companies launching themselves in the community theater scene don’t have it easy – been there – but sometimes when a new company gets itself out there with its first major show, you see something more than just a debut. You see a beautiful work waiting to be discovered by more people than just yourself.
This is the feeling I had after seeing “Whispering Inhibitions” at MuCCC, the first play by the versatile writer-director Victoria Visiko – she premiered a one-act version of it last year at the Fringe, but she has expanded it for its full run. With most of the inspiration from Victoria’s own life, she tells the story of Lara Brelle, an actor-dancer trying to make it in New York City during the 1980s – only to discover more deeply emotional and traumatic perils along the way. She also finds a fellow theater artist, Rob Konti, who attempts to give her love and peace – but ends up doing more for her than those things alone. “Whispering Inhibitions” is a searing play – deeply raw, intense, and emotionally tough at times to sit through. And yet it is also profoundly cathartic – not just for the writer, but for those fortunate to see the show.
“Whispering Inhibitions” is one woman’s perilous journey of finding herself, of reaching the light through the darkness of living. It is a profound play worth discovering, it also speaks a lot about the social and cultural chaos we are living in now. For a first big play, Victoria Visiko has used her own canvas and creates a hard-fought story with powerful rewards. Don’t miss it.” Justin Reilly, Producer, Director, Playwright
A Special Personal Note Bonnie Garner-the Wife of the Late Jack Garner: “He loved and respected your work. So missed but never forgotten.”
Victoria Visiko as Lara Brelle
Hanalei Visiko-Knox as Lara Brelle ages 8 to 25
Nicholas James Winger as Rob Konti
Wayne Kimo Knox – Technical Director
Victoria Visiko graduated with a BA degree in Theatre from Nazareth College in 1983 and moved to the NYC area. In NYC, she continued her studies with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Betty Buckley, Martha Graham Modern Dance and at NYU for script writing/poetry. Her love for developing new plays began in NYC as Producer, Director, Assistant Director, Stage Manager and Coach to many new plays of the time. Victoria worked in NYC as a model, actor, acting coach and dance teacher. In 1985-1992, she opened “An Actor’s Place” I & II; two Acting Studios in Times Square, NYC and Red Bank, NJ. In 2001 to present, she has owned several Dance Studios including, Gallery Kauai, Hawaiian Performing Arts Center.
Victoria has appeared on television, radio and Global streaming in concert with her husband, Wayne “Kimo“ Knox. She is a Hawaiian Cultural Expert and as “Kumu Ka’iulani”, has produced, directed, choreographed and performed in many authentic Hawaiian productions, festivals, workshops, University lectures and classes in USA, Canada and on the Hawaiian Islands. In Aug/Sept 2017, she directed a new play, “Wild Horses” by Alison Gregory for CenterStage Theatre in Rochester, NY. In September 2017, she joined the CenterStage Theatre team as Donor Relations Coordinator and was also a member of their Advisory Council. Victoria has written 3 plays: “Whispering Inhibitions”, “The Vegetable Tray”, “Female Depression in the Midst of a Pandemic World”, Poetry and many songs with her Musician/Scientist husband. They are East High School sweethearts married 46 yrs. and currently live in NYC, on Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY & Hawaii too. They have 6 children, 4 grandchildren and many pets…
Victoria’s Mission is to “Inspire the Future of New Plays on Off Broadway & Beyond”