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2019 Semifinalist, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference
True story: In 1937, long before his fame as a writer, future Beat Generation icon William Burroughs (then 23 years-old) met a German Jewish woman named Ilse Herzfeld Klapper (who was 37 years old at the time) in Dubrovnik. A year later, they were married.
Ilse Burroughs received a visa from this marriage which allowed her to avoid repatriation from Yugoslavia to Nazi Germany. She arrived in New York in 1939 and was hired as a secretary by exiled anti-fascist German writer and activist Ernst Toller.
An Evening With Lola Montez
Love. Lies. Riots. Revolution.
Spend the night with a firebrand.
World premiere: July 2019 at the Capital Fringe Festival
Directed by DeLisa White. Featuring Mary Murphy
"An Evening With Lola Montez is one of the most fascinating Fringe shows I've seen..." -- Broadway World
"[T]he crafty script weaves through the circuitous passages in Lola’s rise to international acclaim." -- DC Theatre Scene
Nero's dead, right? Or perhaps his biggest fans won't let Rome's cruel but entertaining emperor exit the stage just yet.
In Nero/Pseudo , a strangely improbable but true tale of imperial impersonation from ancient Rome and Greece collides with the glitter and bombast of glam rock.
"There are plenty of reasons to check out this bona-fide hit musical, from the pen of Richard Byrne."
... a fun romp that effortlessly links ancient themes of imperial deification and the twentieth century cult of rock and roll."
(MD Theatre Guide)
Header photos: (Left) Lee Liebeskind as Stratocles and Gillian Shelley as Chrysis in Nero/Pseudo. Photo by Teresa Wood. (Center) Mary Murphy as Lola MOntez in An Evening with Lola Montez/. Photo by Bryanda Minix. (Right.) Daniel Flint as Edward Kelley in Burn Your Bookes. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Page photos: Daguerrotype of Lola Montez (1851) from the studio of Southworth & Hawes . Photo in the public domain; Detail from a collage by Jiří Kolář from Bohumil Hrabal's book, Automat Svet , Photo by Richard Byrne; Gillian Shelley as Chrysis in Nero/Pseudo (center), Photo by Teresa Wood.