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Redheads Triumph in Song!

psst... psst... my fellow redheads there is a secret movement afoot to fight against our imminent extinction and seek justice for the many wrongs that we have faced throughout history. Their weapon: song! 

They blame us for plagues, famines, and all kind of catastrophes… then they have the nerve to tell us that we’re angry.

R.R.R.E.D. A Secret Musical is playing this summer in NYC at the DR2 Theatre (103 E 15th St, New York, NY). It begins with the premise that the recessive gene responsible for red hair, MC1R, will cease to exist by the year 2100.. well, not if this pack of redheads has anything to say about it. 

WE are talking “save the redheads”… Like “save the whales” only prettier… and thinner.

R.R.R.E.D. will feature Katie Thompson (Giant; Pump Boys & Dinettes) as “Victoria,” Matt Loehr (Book of Mormon; The Sting) as “GJ,” Marissa Rosen (The Marvelous Wonderettes) as “Stephanie Hicks,” and Lucille Lortel Award nominee Kevin Zak (Clinton The Musical) as “Craig.”

 

I had the great fortune to be able to speak with singer/ song writer/ lifetime redhead, Katie Thompson, before the show debuted. Katie hails from Utah and has spent the last 12 years making a name for herself in the theater scene. R.R.R.E.D. was written by her, Adam Jackman, and Patrick Livingston nearly 10 years ago. Once Katie, a featured composer in Playbill's "Contemporary Musical Theater Songwriter's You Should Know," added the music it was finally ready to see the stage.

I asked Katie what her beauty tricks and struggles have been as a redhead. She said that when it came to skin care she always wears a tinted moisturizer. Redheads often have difficulty with foundations. This is not only due to their freckles but it is hard to match any foundation shade to their fair skin. Tinted moisturizers tend to be the best answer as they add a light layer of coverage without the heavy layering. Like most redheads, Katie has brown eyes. While I've always envied that look (I have green eyes), I was surprised to find that Katie struggled with this. She said she feels strange having such dark eyes yet blonde lashes. Thus, mascara has always been a necessity for her. 

We sent Katie some Redhead Revolution makeup- we hope she enjoys it!

And we hope you enjoy the show! We will! 

6 Crazy Redhead Myths

1. Witch! Back in the day (sometime before Charmed made being a witch look awesome) I’m thinking the 1400’s-1700’s, the fear of witches was rampant. Thousands of women were stripped and searched for ‘marks of the devil.’ These included any abnormal features, such as moles, birthmarks, freckles or even red hair. Considering that redheads have two out of the four signs, they were shit out of luck. As a result, many were either burned at the stake or drowned.

2. Red hair is unlucky (I take personal offense to this one). In ancient Egypt, red hair was viewed as so unlucky that they would offer redheaded men and women up as sacrifices to the god Osiris in hopes of wiping out the tint. It didn't help that red hair was associated with Osiris's nemesis, the god Set.

3. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! During this period of rampant religious paranoia and abuse of power, red hair was believed to be a sign that the owner had stolen the very fires of hell. The consequence for this was...guess…. being burned at the stake! Hmmm.... maybe red hair was unlucky.

4. Vampire! (finally a win...relatively) According to Greek folklore, redheads turned into vampires after they died. If it’s anything like True Blood, I’m okay with this.

5. Forever unclean. At some crazy point in history, people actually believed that red hair was a sign that the individual was conceived during menstruation! This resulted in such taunts as: ‘red knob’ or ‘tampon tops’. Not cool guys.

6. Redheads are emotionally un-housebroken’ said Aristotle supposedly. I honestly don’t know how to respond to this one but if it gets me out of doing the dishes, I can deal.

 

6 Crazy Redhead Myths

 

1. Witch! Back in the day (sometime before Charmed made being a witch look awesome) I’m thinking the 1400’s-1700’s, the fear of witches was rampant. Thousands of women were stripped and searched for ‘marks of the devil.’ These included any abnormal features, such as moles, birthmarks, freckles or even red hair. Considering that redheads have two out of the four signs, they were shit out of luck. As a result, many were either burned at the stake or drowned.


2. Red hair is unlucky (I take personal offense to this one). In ancient Egypt, red hair was viewed as so unlucky that they would offer redheaded men and women up as sacrifices to the god Osiris in hopes of wiping out the tint. It didn't help that red hair was associated with Osiris's nemesis, the god Set.


3. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! During this period of rampant religious paranoia and power abuse, red hair was believed to be a sign that the owner had stolen the very fires of hell. The consequence for this was...guess…. being burned at the stake! Hmmm.... maybe red hair was unlucky.


4. Vampire! (finally a win...relatively) According to Greek folklore, redheads turned into vampires after they died. If it’s anything like True Blood, I’m okay with this.


5. Forever unclean. At some crazy point in history, people actually believed that red hair was a sign that the individual was conceived during menstruation! This resulted in such taunts as: ‘red knob’ or ‘tampon tops’. Not cool guys.


6. ‘Redheads are emotionally un-housebroken’ said Aristotle supposedly. I honestly don’t know how to respond to this one. But if it gets me out of doing the dishes, I can deal.

 

 

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