(Joanne Kaufman’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/5; via Pam Green.)

Elizabeth Reaser sat down carefully.

“My tailbone is a little sore,” she said last month, settling into a corner table at the restaurant I Sodi, a few steps down from the Lucille Lortel Theater on Christopher Street, where she’s starring in “Permission,” a play by Robert Askins.

“Permission, ” presented by the MCC Theater, centers on an unfulfilled couple who, inspired by friends, turn to Christian Domestic Discipline, an actual practice that comes down hard on the side of spanking. As Ms. Reaser’s character discovers, pain and pleasure are very closely linked.

“Some scenes we wear these butt pads,” said Ms. Reaser, who is perhaps best known for roles in the “Twilight” films and on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and as the girlfriend of Josh Charles’s character on “The Good Wife.” “But I don’t have one on in the final scene, and I’m really getting whipped.

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