What Is Erotic?

Original Theatre & Dance Asking One Provocative Question...

Our Mission
In answer to a culture of objectification, What is Erotic? leads from the heart, breaking through stereotypes to spark a safer and more vibrant conversation around sexuality, sensuality and empowerment.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE IN WHAT IS EROTIC? It is more than a theatre show.  It is a unique opportunity to step into places where you’ll feel sometimes vulnerable and most definitely vividly alive.  WIE presents the chance for even those experienced in stage and many with little to no prior experience to take part in a respectful, safe environment that becomes a highly professional theater production.

WHAT IS EROTIC? provides artistic growth opportunities, whether a participant is involved once or over a span of years.  An audience member can become a performer, a stagehand, a writer, a dancer a costumer, production assistant or choreographer, as individual artistic strengths are fostered.

Every fall The 418 Project invites people of all experience levels, from professional performance artists to those with no stage experience, to apply. What Is Erotic? and has mentored hundreds, and has been seen by  thousands. WIE participants experience a safe space to reach deep, sometimes into edgy or personal material, and be seen in a professional and supportive environment that fosters artistic and personal growth and expression.

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The story of

Once upon a time, long, long ago, back in 2005, there was a volunteer who had an idea. The volunteer wanted to create a fundraiser for The 418 Project. So he suggested a show sourced from community, that donated all proceeds to the beloved community center—thus What Is Erotic? was born.

At first, the show was, well, a little uneven—but very magic. It was not clear at first that the directors and the actors were playing with Fire, otherwise known as Sex. Every year, folks appeared, not only to perform, but to volunteer and work as technicians, because they wanted to be involved in the project. And each year, the show grew and changed, until people came from all over the Bay Area to see it and it became the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit.

Story Tellers, Burlesque Dancers, Playwrights and Comedians, Aerialists, Fire Dancers and Circus Artists, Ukulele players and Gamelan musicians, Opera singers and Magical Creatures of all kinds, some who had never before been seen on stage—they came forth to create the Magic that is WIE! We began to discover hidden themes inside each season. We began to learn how to create safety by understanding boundaries, a secret part of mastering our own Erotic.

We began to learn that the One Provocative Question—what is erotic?—can never really be answered once and for all. But the question returns, renews, and reveals itself endlessly and uniquely to each of us.

People, performers, and audience members alike told us, “This show changed my life.” And we began to realize that, while it takes guts and vulnerability to let ourselves be really seen. In this way, our commitment to creating a show that is so much more rings bells down to the bone, through the spirit and out of the, well, you know, the deepest parts of ourselves! It is an Honor, a Privilege, and even more, a Pleasure! to create this living artwork together. We invite you to ask, and discover for yourselfwhat is erotic?


Team Erotic, WIE Directors, and Producers

Foreplay Soirée ™

Explore What Is Erotic? to you in the comfort and privacy of your home--or be a part of our limited, interactive studio audience! 18 years old +

Friday, September 10, 2021

8 PM


Join us from home in your best slinky/kinky attire—or your PJ’s!--or come out and play under the lights with our WIE cast and crew—Foreplay Soirée is a feast of performances and live demo’s by our oh-so-talented presenters, where you can explore our favorite, provocative question!

Camouflage is providing Sexy Packs for us, a little bag of toys to make your Soirée even more Erotic…includes a Camouflage discount card for pre-Soirée shopping fun. You must pick up your Sexy Pack at Camouflage, 1329 Pacific Avenue, during their regular business hours.

Get tickets now:

Live Attendance Options*:

$1,000 VIP table for 10. Full studio access*, live after party, VIP Sexy Pack from Camouflage…splash out for charity!

$500 VIP table for 5. Same Same—for you and 4 special friends…after party, VIP gifts, full interactive studio access *

$125 Live VIP studio accessfor 1 -interact with our artists during the live stream and be a part of the show! VIP Camouflage sexy pack, after party.

* Full Studio Access:

Studio Audience Doors Open 7:30 PM

Yourself and everyone in your party must have proof of vaccine, email Laura@the418project.org for any questions.

Streaming Options: (includes Soirée and after party)

$100 the “So Much More Than Watch” Party Pack: Soirée and after party streaming access for you and your pod, Includes Camouflage Sexy Pack

$75 Generous/VIP Couple: gets you into Soirée and after party, Camouflage sexy pack included

$50 Generous/VIP for 1: Soirée and after party, Camouflage sexy pack

$30 Party Pod: Soirée streaming access for you and your friends. We’ll prompt you to grab items from your own household you can use in our demos.

$10 The Basic: gets you Soirée streaming access. We’ll prompt you to grab items from your own household you can use in our demos.

Custom Amounts for Tip for the performers and crew. We appreciate your support!

Past Shows & Fundraisers

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