Bordelon is no stranger to taking on social commentary. She directed the world premiere of Miranda Rose Hall’s Plot Points in Our Sexual Development at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater in 2018. In the relationship drama, one of the characters self-describes as a “genderqueer trans person who is not a woman and is not a man, but is kind of a man, who loves lesbian jokes.” Centered around two frustrated queer adults tracking the progression of their romance from a young age, the play chronicled their high and lows with both stark honesty and empathy.
Bordelon continues to focus her directorial efforts on new, cutting edge material. As she put it in an interview with The Interval, “The moment that someone says ‘c*nt,’ [in Plot Points] there is going to be complete silence because it is a dangerous word.”
Speaking of dangerous words, POTUS has them in abundance. In fact, not only is the first word in the play “c*nt,” it is repeated many, many times. However, at no point does the word lose its power because of the multitude of contexts, intonations, and feelings put behind it by different characters. The characters inhabit a world where “c*nt” is not treated as a showstopping slur so much as a banal insult released from the lips of men for which women need to manage the fallout.