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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 the Museum and Tante Fritzy, whose drag performance captures the Cabaret culture and Weimar wildness that kicked – and continues to kick – the world on its ass. Many of the songs were originally written or performed by queer artists in Weimar era Berlin. The performance piece is based on an evening created by Alan Lareau for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945. The one-person 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’s work with the material of Weimar cabarets began with his creation of Cabaret Verboten in 1991 for the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. 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 Lember’s CD Berlin Cabaret Songs (Decca) and to his being named by Melodie Hollander as the official translator of the works of her father, Frederich Hollander. In addition, Jon Waxman, son of composer Franz Waxman, commissioned Jeremy to create English lyrics for songs his father wrote in Germany and France before emigrating to the United States, 14 of which are included in The Franz Waxman Collection. Jeremy is indebted to Alan Lareau’s scholarship and his literal translations from the German in making all of the above work possible. His plays have been produced and/or developed at major regional theatres. As an actor, Jeremy has been seen recently on television in As Good As It Gets, The Good Fight, Poker Face, New Amsterdam, and Dickinson. New York stage credits include the Manhattan Theatre Club and four productions at the Mint. Regional work includes: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Westport Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, and the Mark Taper Forum. He played “the Rabbi” in Fiddler at Goodspeed and the MUNY in St. Louis and was “Scrooge” in A Christmas Carol at the 2300 seat Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA for eight seasons. On film he has been directed by Brian De Palma, Ron Howard, and Stephen Daldry. He was in the original Critters. His one man Tennessee Williams shows have received international acclaim. www.jeremylawrence.net