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“We laughed throughout the entire play"

Holy O Media Kit


As in the BIG O? Yes, and so much more.


Holy O takes an honest and vulnerable look at the connection between body, spirit, and sexuality.

Through immersive-like participation,

the telling of stories based on real women’s experiences,

and the humor and heartache of Vera’s journey,

audiences find themselves connecting with Holy O and to each other.

The Holy O Performance.

the O story

In 2018, three events converged that forced Lauren Hance (writer/performer) to process the connection between the body, spirit, and sexuality. The first event was Lauren's first paper for her Master’s in Theology, Arts, and Culture titled “How Trinitarian Unity Embraces the Female Orgasm as a Means to Marital Oneness.” This paper began Lauren's theological research into the connection between sexuality and spirituality. The master’s program allowed for a thesis project within Lauren’s creative field, and by the end of the program, Holy O was born.


The second event was Lauren learning about St. Teresa of Ávilia while appearing as a guest on a podcast. St. Teresa was known for many great things, but what was of particular interest to Lauren were the rapturous-like prayers Teresa experienced. While some still negate the orgasmic-like nature of Teresa’s prayer experiences, the 16th-century Catholic Church affirmed that the raptures were from God. Learning about Teresa’s experiences made Lauren wonder how the body responds when a person is deeply loved, seen, and known.


The third, and most personal event, was when Lauren found herself in counseling and couples therapy with her husband because of dysfunction in their relationship and the bedroom. Purity culture had wreaked havoc on the two, and Lauren realized how she had separated her sexuality from her personhood and spirituality. The journey of discovery and path toward healing and hope allowed Lauren to create art from pain.


These three experiences set in motion the creation of Holy O. As the ideas for the play were coming together, Lauren started sharing it with friends, and was surprised to find so many women eager to know more. Lauren did not want Holy O to be autobiographical, but she did want it based on real stories. Thus, Lauren began interviewing anyone willing to share their stories concerning body, spirit, and sexuality. Lauren dramatized the stories and made them part of Holy O.

In 2020 Amelia Peterson (director/developer) joined the team, and shortly thereafter, Lauren had a first draft of Holy O.


In June of 2021 a staged reading of Holy O was the culmination of Lauren's thesis project and master's degree.


In 2022, Holy O debuted at Solofest at the Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles.  


In 2023, Holy O was awarded the DCTA Best of Fringe with a five-star review. 

In 2024, world-renowned producer Cathy Lam-Patrie joined the team as Co-Director. She is the artistic director of Kairos Arts Development Company Limited, Hong Kong Ideation Arts Festival, and Let’s Be Together Arts Festival; and the founder of ThreeWoods Playwright. Cathy produced and directed A Funeral For My Friend Who Is Still Alive, which debuted at The Space UK as part of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received the Edinburgh Fringe First Award.

Holy O continues to secure performances and charm audiences across the US and abroad.

the O experience

Past Productions


Capital Fringe Festival, Washington D.C.

Omaha Fringe Festival, Omaha, NE

Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver, BC

Spring Street Studios, Houston , TX

2024 Productions

The Blue House, Los Angeles, CA

Station Theatre, Houston, TX

Denver Fringe Festival, Denver, CO

Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minnealopisis, MN

Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY


River & Rail Theater, Knoxville, TN

Studio A @ ComedySportz, Houston, TX

Solofest @ Whitefire Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

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the O team

Holy O strives to work with women and mothers, providing unique opportunities for individuals to excel amidst all aspects of life.


One of the biggest challenges for Holy O was the demands of motherhood. Many women take a break or leave the theatre completely once becoming mothers. Rather than let motherhood stall Holy O, Lauren, Amelia, and Cathy made a conscious decision to embrace motherhood as part of the process. This perspective gave them a creative outlet and voice amidst the demands of family and motherhood. While supporting women is a focus, Holy O will always accept the help from all folx. Lauren, Amelia, and Cathy would not be able to create Holy O without the loving support of their husbands.

Creative Team Selected Awards: Edinburgh Fringe First | Kennedy Center Page to Stage | DCTA Best of Fringe

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