LAVENDER SONGS: A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret with Jeremy Lawrence
Tante Fritzy, kabarettist extraordinaire, kicks the world on its ass singing the songs of Queer Weimar Berlin.
A QUEER WEIMAR BERLIN CABARET
English lyrics and additional material written and performed by Jeremy Lawrence
Directed by Jason Jacobs
With Ariela Bohrad on the piano
"Lawrence's superb performance in this bold production makes Lavender Songs: A Queer Cabaret in Weimar Berlin simultaneously entertaining and chilling."
Darryl Reilly, TheatreScene.net
2008 Backstage Bistro Award winner
"The real sophisticated thing... devastating and convincingly Kabarett" Backstage
"A witty, proud, and political evening." - Q On Stage
It's winter 1930 and Tante Fritzy, cabaret artiste extraordinaire invites you to have a ball in her gender-bender world. Never mind the rising popularity of the guy with the bad moustache. Come and celebrate Berlin's edgiest cabaret music with her as she kicks the world on its ass.
The songs, originally written or performed by queer artists in Weimar era Berlin include the music of Lothar Brühne, Richard Fall, Friedrich Hollaender, Horst Platen, Rudolph Nelson, Ernst Sennhofer, and Mischa Spoliansky. The original German texts were written by Bruno Balz, Raimund Dannberg, Willy Hagen, Friedrich Hollaender, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Marcellus Schiffer, Kurt Schwabach, and Kurt Tucholsky.
The piece is based on an evening created by Alan Lareau for the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933- 1945.
The one-man show was originally produced by TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) a theatre company dedicated to preserving the theatrical heritage of the LGBT community.
Jeremy Lawrence (Performer/English Lyrics/Additional Material. Jeremy recently returned from his fifth appearance as Scrooge at the 2300 seat Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts. Regional credits include Fiddler at Goodspeed in Connecticut and the MUNY in St. Louis, Noises Off at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Into The Woods at Baltimores Center Stage and the Westport Country Playhouse where he also performed in Tartuffe. Recent TV appearances include NBCs The Blacklist (guest star) and the upcoming season of Shades of Blue (co-star). For WNETs Theater Close-Up, he appeared in Fashions for Men, originally produced off-broadway. Film credits include the original Critters and work with directors Brian De Palma, Ron Howard, and Stephen Daldry.
Jeremy's work with the material of Weimar cabarets began with the creation of Cabaret Verboten in 1991. In its full-length version, the piece was produced around the country as well as in London and in Sweden. His work on Verboten led to his being asked to create the English lyrics for Ute Lemper's CD Berlin Cabaret Songs (Decca) and to his being named by Hollanders daughter Melodie as the official translator of the works of her father. In addition Franz Waxman's son has commissioned Jeremy to create Engish lyrics for many of the songs of his father written in Germany and France before emigrating to the United States many of which will be included in the forthcoming Franz Waxman Songbook.
Jeremy is indebted to Alan Lareaus scholarship and his literal translations from the German in making all of the above work possible. www.jeremylawrence.net
Jason Jacobs (Director - Lavender Songs) is thrilled to revive Lavender Songs, which garnered a Backstage Bistro Award in 2008. A New York-based theatre-maker, director, and playwright who was a NYTheatre.com Person of the Year, Jason was formerly the founding co-artistic director of Theatre Askew, where he co-created and directed Bald Diva!, Other, After the Chairs by David Koteles (2014 Fresh Fruit Festival, Best Direction Award), and Richard Sheinmels Modern Living series (LaMama Club). His play Another Horatio Alger Story was presented at Chicagos Pride Film and Players 2016 Gay Play Fest. Upcoming productions include Uncle Toms Cabin at Pittsburgh Playhouse, Machinal at Long Island University, and his in-progress musical Miss Blanche Tells It All composed by Matthew C. Pritchard and Isam Rum. BA from Yale and MFA from Columbia, Member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, Associate SDC, and Teaching Artist with Roundabout Theatre Company. www.jason-jacobs.com
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Please arrive one half hour prior to the show and allow additional time if you are planning to have a dinner.
Late arrivals will be seated at management's discretion.
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