The Ape Woman is a Rock Opera written, composed, and adapted by May V. Oskan which examines the amazing, bizarre, and haunted journey of Victorian circus phenomenon Julia Pastrana. The work features twelve original songs, a seven piece band, and narration by four actors. It debuted this August on Martha's Vineyard to two sold out houses and a sold out encore performance.
With a dynamic that ranges from somber to electric, The Ape Woman chronicles the compelling true story of Julia Pastrana, a Mexican Indian woman born with a thick beard and dark hair covering her body. A talented singer and dancer, she was well educated and spoke three languages. She married her manager Theodore Lent, the last of several showmen who owned her throughout her career. She died in childbirth in 1860, after which Mr. Lent had her body and that of her infant son embalmed and continued to showcase the mummies across the globe for many years. Their remains have not yet been put to rest.
It is debuting in San Francisco for 8 performances at the Exit Theatre before travels back to the East Coast to premiere at the esteemed Berkshire Fringe Festival in August 2013.
For more info go to website: www.theapewoman.com and hear music at: http://theapewoman.bandcamp.com/
Press links: Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2012/12/06/hairy-tale-come-true/Y8ayhet1ETpxkNCu5MmGGI/story.html