Ten performances only: ANITA BERBER IS DEAD!
Starring Tonya Kay as Anita Berber
Music and Lyrics by Jim Lang and David Melville
Book by Melissa Chalsma
Developed in Collaboration with Tonya Kay
Directed by Melissa Chalsma
November 14 - 24
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
A new musical from Independent Shakespeare Co.
NOTE: THIS IS A WORK IN DEVELOPMENT AND THEREFORE NOT OPEN FOR REVIEW.
Tonya Kay as Anita Berber. Timur as Sebastian Droste.
Featuring: Patrick Batiste, Amanda Hootman, Jim Lang, Peyton McCormick, David Melville, Laura Schein, Katy Tang. Stage Manager: Jenny Park.
Lighting Design: Bosco Flanagan. Costume Design: Ann Closs-Farley
Choreography: SuzE Q, Tonya Kay
THE SCENE: Post-World War I Germany. The economy’s in free-fall, and progressive forces are locked in battle with the rising tide of fascism. No liberal stronghold is better fortified than Berlin: a city that welcomes misfits, artists, and free thinkers.
THE PROTAGONIST: Expressionist dancer Anita Berber, a one-woman rebellion against a stiff German patriarchy. Her life burns with a furious heat, drawing those around her into a vortex as intoxicating as rose petals soaked in ether.
BASED ON A TRUE STORY Anita Berber is Dead! follows Anita’s struggle to create an identity free from constraint and a new mode of expression that explodes artistic boundaries. Defiant and extreme, her work reaches its apotheosis in the stunning, strange, and ultimately doomed creation: “Dances of Lust, Horror and Ecstasy” which sees her banned from the concert halls of Germany and Austria.
Join ISC for ten hot and immersive performances as the Studio transforms into the Weisse Maus nightclub on the very night of Anita’s triumphant return to the stage.
Includes nudity, explicit language, depictions of drug use, and sexual situations. Proceed with caution.