Bring a Dead Star Back to Life!


Not this one! The one above, Miss Molly Pope, is the very definition of ALIVE, which is why she was cast as the most electrifying star of the 19th century, the one and only Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868)


Hubba hubba, right?

If Menken had been born a few decades later she might have been in burlesque, vaudeville, and dare we say films, and she’d be much more widely known today. But she wasn’t, so she ain’t. But as you’ll glean from my new play Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress: A Protean Picaresque (opening at LaMama’s Ellen Stewart Theater in just over a month), her legacy in American show business, public relations and sex in the public sphere is wide and broad. And when we say “broad”, we mean “what a broad!” (Sorry)

Anyway, the wonderful folks at Theatre Askew are producing this labor of love. They want to tell you how YOU can help make a good show even better. Please listen to what they have to say. They may even disarm you as they did me, and give you a chuckle in the bargain. It’s all right chere:

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