The thought of Internet filter champion Pete Constant with a ball-gag in his mouth being whipped by a dominatrix might be a fantasy for free speech advocates. Fantasy turned to reality Monday night as actress Krista Kelly strapped on bondage gear and flagellated the conservative councilman in front of San Jose’s political elite at San Jose Stage’s Monday Night Live production. Kelly, a District 6 resident, seemed to enjoy whipping Pete a little too much. “Even Sally Leiber can’t save you now,” she screamed. Kelly’s desire to have him feel actual pain was really just a sadomasochistic version of constituent feedback in response to the city’s budget cuts. “They took a fire engine away from us,” she explained afterwards. “He voted against us.” The annual production, now 15 years running, has gotten bawdier and racier over the years (straight arrow Mayor Chuck Reed didn’t last the whole show) but seemed to get tamer in terms of skewering the pols on sacred cow issues (Stage Co. is hoping the council will build a fancy new theater for them someday). Surprisingly, not one word was uttered about Little Saigon at Monday’s event. Even Councilwoman Madison Nguyen came to the event well prepared to take some hits on the issue. Other highlights: Obama lookalike software engineer CJ Blankenship‘s one-handed pushups on a spread-legged Hillary Clinton impersonator, District Attorney Dolores Carr‘s polished dance moves and rising star 19-year-old Manuel Romero‘s show-closing musical number.
Top photo: Councilman Constant, with ball in mouth, assumes the submissive position for his failure to fund District 6 fire protection. Below left: “Mayor, mayor on the wall.” Below right: Constant as The Hulk.