From the authors who brought you “The Secretaries” “Smart, satirical farce that uses laughter and touches of raunchy humor to debunk the myth of the doomed lesbian.” – The New York Times BRAVE SMILES DIRECTED BY LYNN D’ANGONA…
Performances: Friday, Oct 13 at 8 pm doors open at 7 pm Sat Oct 14 at 4 pm doors open at 3 pm
Tickets $40.00 and $60.00
Time Period – 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s In Brave Smiles…Another Lesbian Tragedy, master satirists The Five Lesbian Brothers turn their merciless eyes on the history of lesbians in theater, film, and literature. From their dismal yet erotically charged beginnings at the orphanage under the grip of a sadistic headmistress, our five heroines cross continents and a century to face their absurdly tragic ends. Along the way, they experience alcoholism, suicide, loneliness, pill popping, blacklisting, and a malignant brain tumor. Students of the lesbian art of misery will recognize gleeful skewerings of The Well of Loneliness, The Group, Maedchen in Uniform, and The Children’s Hour in this rollicking, hilarious, and smart multi-character classic.
Cast of Characters
MARTHA – deaf-mute, though strangely perceptive. MILLICENT – sensitive and poetic. WILL – tomboy butch with bravado. BABE – athletic with good genes. DAMWELL MAXWELL – bossy big boots. THALIA – new girl, Jewess, sad German refugee accent. MISS GATEAU – French cook, possible alcohol problem. FRAU LUDMILLA VON PUSSENHEIMER – scary, embittered headmistress, Teutonic accent, the forties. MISS GRETA PHILLIPS – beautiful and bewitching teacher, mid-twenties. BARONESS – European lower-caste royalty, loaded. REPORTERS #1 AND #2 – fast-talking newspapermen. PIERRE – the Parisian maître d’. AUDREY – Audrey Hepburn-like actress who plays the role of Sharon. SHIRLEY – Shirley MacLaine-like actress who plays the role of Bertha. WOUNDED SOLDIER – guy with a bad hole in him, the original Vin Marconi. BUM – man with the D.T.’s. NIPPER – Babe’s canine companion, a hand puppet.