Cherry Manhattan Presents the Seattle Premiere of: THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES Sept. 15 - Oct. 9 (all shows are 21+ w/ ID)
adapted by Kate Moira Ryan & Linda S. Chapman based on the books 'I Am A Woman', 'Women in the Shadows' and 'Journey to A Woman' by Ann Bannon directed by Katjana Vadeboncoeur produced by Sasha Summer Cousineau, Donna Stewart and Katjana Vadeboncoeur
*** Starring Polly Wood, Opal Peachey, Thomas Stewart, Christopher Dodge, Sasha Summer Cousineau, Cherry Manhattan, Donna Stewart ... and Rhonda J. Soikowski as Beebo Brinker
SEE THE SUPER SEXY TRAILER HERE: http://vimeo.com/28495215
* * * * ABOUT THE PLAY:
BE THERE as we introduce you to Beebo Brinker: one of the most iconic characters of all lesbian pulp fiction! WITNESS the love that dare not speak its name! REVEL in the lust and intrigue of the underground gay bars of 1950's New York! SEE the 'strange madness' in these women that begs for liberty!
Called "The Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction," Ann Bannon is best known for her landmark series of five original paperback novels known collectively as 'The Beebo Brinker Chronicles.' Written from 1957 to 1962, they tell the stories of young lesbians in love and lust in the gay mecca of Greenwich Village New York. The novels contributed to a consciousness that was evolving into a full-fledged gay rights movement, and paved the way for a generation to come.
Based on these groundbreaking pulp novels, THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES stage adaptation follows the lives and loves of friends in pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village. Beth and Laura, secret lovers in college, still pine for each other, but before they can reunite, they find themselves entangled in a web spun by Beebo Brinker ... the most irresistible butch in New York.
Don't miss this award winning play based on the iconic books that titillated and changed a generation. The play has won the 2008 GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award and had a sold-out off-Broadway debut in 2008, co-produced by Lily Tomlin. Directed by Katjana Vadeboncoeur, (nominated Best Director, BroadwayWorld.com for 'reasons to be pretty', ArtsWest 2010) this Seattle Premiere of THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES is hot off the heels of a 3 night, SOLD OUT, standing-room-only engagement of the Pulp Cabaret Series at ACT Theatre's Central Heating Lab in August, and is the culmination of Seattle's first retro lesbian pulp festival, a 6 month-long event celebrating queer culture and the work of over 50 of Seattle's most talented actors, musicians, designers and neo-burlesque performers.
With designs by: Kelly McDonald, Reed Nakayama and Joshua Lennon Pierce. Stage Managed by Leslie Manning, and Assistant Directed by Lauren Olson.
AND DON'T MISS THESE SPECIAL EVENTS:
* Wed. 9/14 @ 7:30pm - PWYC preview performance
* Thu. 9/15 @ 7pm - Opening Night Reception with author ANN BANNON
* Sat. 10/8 @ 10pm - Greenwich Village Dance Party!
* IN THE GALLERY: Paul O'Connell of POC Photo will be showing his collection of pulp novel cover recreations shot with local burlesque stars as the Re-bar gallery show during the run
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"Spurned by true love Beth, Laura moves to Greenwich Village, falls for Marcie, who's straight, and shacks up with woman-about-town Beebo on the bounce until it's time to make other arrangements. Meanwhile Beth, still in love with Laura, leaves husband Charlie, heads for the Village and meets, wait for it, Beebo. Got it so far? Will Beth find Laura? Will Laura ever settle for someone who loves her? Will Charlie win Beth back? Will Marcie ever shut up? And what about Jack, Laura's older gay guardian? Life in the semi-closeted pre-Stonewall Village is, as Beebo says, "just one crazy little soap opera after the next." - sfgate.com (Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic)
"The Beebo Brinker Chronicles" aggressively goes after laughs, playing with the novels' more dated and histrionic elements. But it doesn't settle for caricature. The loneliness yawning beneath Jack's worldly facade, Laura's desperation for fulfillment, Beebo's jealous rages: these complex emotions darkly edge the play's absurdities, anchoring what could easily have been an exercise in camp." - The New York Times (Claudia La Rocca)
"Ryan and Chapman's adaptation doesn't shy away from depicting a great deal of internalized homophobia, and the resulting shame and cruelty that can result from it. In that, it stays true to both the novels and the pre-Stonewall era that they depict. Yet, the play also displays the genuine warmth and love these characters have for one another and the sense of freedom and pleasure that they find in their same-sex romances." - variety.com (Mark Blankenship)
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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR: http://www.annbannon.com/
BANNON & BEEBO BRINKER IN THE SEATTLE TIMES: http://o.seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nicolebrodeur/2015985877_nicole23m.html
BEEBO PIN-UP GIRLS IN DOWNTOWN WINDOWS AT ACT: http://burlesqueseattle.com/2011/08/26/the-prettiest-pinups-in-the-window-celebrating-beebo-brinker-act-aug-25-27/
CITY ARTS INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR KATJANA VADEBONCOEUR: http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/blog/2010/10/theatre-preview-cult-pretty
BEEBO BRINKER ON KOMO NEWS: http://madisonpark.komonews.com/news/arts-culture/661506-act-theatre-full-womens-history-stage
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Cherry Manhattan Presents is an Associated Program of Shunpike, and is supported in part by a generous grant from 4Culture.
CHERRY MANHATTAN PRESENTS is the producing entity behind the burlesque and cabaret productions of theater director Katjana Vadeboncoeur. Bringing high quality, intelligent and diverse performances to the stage, Cherry Manhattan Presents offers audiences the best of burlesque, theatre and cabaret in the Northwest. Learn more or donate at www.shunpike.org/partner-artist/cherry-manhattan-presents/
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