An Affair to Remember

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

After a ridiculous affair — one that was fantastic and completely absurd and ultimately not what she wanted — Shana Cordon sat down and wrote the proverbial list of every single person she’d ever been with. In looking at her own love life, she found something tragically gorgeous and funny that set her on a path to writing A Brief History of Intercourse, which debuts at the Boulder Fringe Festival.

After talking to her friends about their own sexual adventures as thirty-somethings, Cordon realized they were trying to navigate a landscape of little rules and no “right way to do it.” The Ozzie and Harriet model no longer applied, and they didn’t have anything to replace it with. “It got me looking at history, and the thing I discovered is it has never been simple. It’s always been complex,” says Cordon. “Sure, there were rules and institutions, but a hundred years ago, I could have been married off at fifteen to a fifty-year-old for my parents’ land. We’re better off now because we have more choice. But it’s still insanely difficult.”

To explore that difficulty, Cordon created a show about an everywoman who loves sex but at the same time is searching for her happily-ever-after — and about the inherent drama and conflict in seeking those two seemingly opposite things. “Look into the structure of the word ‘intercourse,’ and it means connection and communion, so how do people find that in their lives? That’s kind of what the show is about, trying to have a sense of humor about it. Everyone has their horror stories. We’re all just doing the best we can, and we all need to tread lightly and keep on keeping on.”

The two-person show, featuring Cordon and Jim Walker, costs $12 ($10 for students and seniors) and debuted Saturday at the Dairy Center for the Arts’ East Theater, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; it plays again tonight at 9 p.m. For additional dates and information, go to www.shanacordon.com or www.boulderfringe.com.
Sat., Aug. 16, 5 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 19, 9 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 21, 9:30 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 22, 6 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 23, 9:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 24, 2 p.m., 2008

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.