In 2008, Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy businessman, was convicted of sexually abusing a minor. Despite substantial incriminating evidence, he served a short term in white-collar prison as part of a “sweetheart deal” in which he gave the government critical information about Bear Sterns, the financial giant. It is speculated that he abused over 30 girls on his private island. He has also been accused of lending young girls out to powerful men as sex slaves. Lolita Express is based on the accounts of these victims and is the second iteration of Capsized, the play developed at Brown/Trinity Rep.
Lolita Express is an exploration of choice, luxury, sexual abuse, and memory. It follows 5 teenaged girls and one child of 9 as they cope with a life of sex slavery. Although the film centers on an experience of trauma, Lolita Express is full of joy, laughter and love. It is about young women finding beauty in horrible circumstances and finding the power and courage to protect each other. It is a love letter to survivors.
“Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances, even in the midst of suffering, with tears in its eyes…" - Frederick Buechner
Octavia Chavez-Richmond is a director, playwright, and actor whose work has been featured at international film festivals and regional theaters. She holds an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory where she received the David Wickham Playwriting Award. After graduating, Trinity Repertory awarded Octavia with the Margo Skinner Memorial Fellowship for 2018.
Octavia uses film and theater to explore women’s relationships to their bodies. She champions women of color and their sexual agency. Her work disrupts hierarchy, racism, and misogyny and challenges conventional beauty standards.
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ALYSSA BROCATO / cinematographer
AN-LIN DAUBER / production designer
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