ST burlesquer donning pasties for Prince

exHOTic other by Stacie Joy

Una Aya Osato, who sometimes performs under the name ExHOTic Other, will perform in and co-produce “Quintessential,” a Prince tribute show.

By Sabina Mollot

A Stuyvesant Town burlesque dancer and producer — and longtime fan of Prince — will be shimmying and shaking in remembrance of the singer in a two-night show called “Quintessential: The Purple Rain Edition.”

Una Aya Osato, who sometimes performs under the name ExHOTic Other and fronts a troupe called BrASS (Brown Radical Ass) Burlesque, said, “We wanted to do a show where we would go through the entire album of ‘Purple Rain.’ So it went from being a celebration to being a tribute, but it’s got more weight to it now.”

In the press release touting the event, the performers put it thusly.

“Remember that album that you played so much it became a part of your very soul, that album that shifted your perspective forever?”

Osato is part of the production team and a dancer for this show. The organizers, who will also emcee the event and perform, are Aurora BoobRealis and The Incredible, Edible, Akynos.

They are also members of BrASS, a troupe that features dancers who are women of color, and all three are “humungous” Prince fans, Osato said.

However, she noted, his untimely passing in April was not the reason for the show. It was actually something that’s been in the making over a year now, and was Aurora BoobRealis’ idea.

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ST actor to star in autobiographical play about LGBT college rugby team

Una Aya Osato as one of the characters in “With You” (Photo by Anna Barsan)

Una Aya Osato will play every member of a college rugby team in “With You.” a new comedic play she also wrote for the upcoming FRIGID Festival. (Photo by Anna Barsan)

By Sabina Mollot

As she has for the past six years, Una Aya Osato, a Stuyvesant Town resident who’s an actor, writer, theater producer and burlesque dancer, is giving New Yorkers a reason to leave their apartments this snow-filled month.

She’ll be participating in the FRIGID Festival, an annual smorgasbord of alternative theater that’s now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

This year’s event will include 30 productions at two East Village venues, one of which is “With You,” a one-woman show written and performed by Osato.

This play, which Osato has described as a “queer rom-com,” focuses on a college rugby team with women and trans-people as members, and it’s actually semi-autobiographical. Osato had attended Wesleyan University, which she said was a pretty progressive place. “Especially in the rugby community,” which was full of artists and LGBT students. That would include Osato, although she prefers the term “queer” over gay.

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