3 VOICES THEATRE to Present MEIN UNCLE, 5/29-6/8
3 VOICES THEATRE has announced the world premiere of MEIN UNCLE, written and directed by Aliza Shane (NY IT Award for Outstanding Short Script, The Three Sillies). MEIN UNCLE, an absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity, will play Thursday, May 29 continue through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at The Robert Moss Theater (440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003). Tickets are $18 and available at www.3VoicesTheatre.com.
Press are invited to all performances. Opening Night is Thursday, May 29th at 8pm.
"My entire life I?ve lived with the history of the Holocaust and its devastating effects on the world, the Jews, and my own family. The idea of exploring Adolf Hitler and his relationships is not something I ever addressed. However, after learning about Geli Raubal, I became fascinated with her story; how her life, and death, affected this man, and changed his life, ultimately for the worse,? shares creator Aliza Shane. ?The more I read, the more I realized that this is a story that needed to be told. This is not a story that 'explains' or excuses Hitler or his actions - rather, it?s a microscopic look at a relationship that may have been the last straw in a life already set on a path of destruction."
Based on the true story of Geli Raubal, niece to the most infamous villain in history, Mein Uncle is a love story, ruled by mystery, obsession and ultimately, madness. Mein Uncle is a tale of love gone terribly wrong, an absurdist look at the bizarre secret relationship that influenced the man behind the darkest event of the 20th century.
MEIN UNCLE plays the following schedule through June 8th:
Wednesdays through Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
Tickets are $18 and available online at www.3vtheatre.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater half hour prior to performance. Running Time: 90 min.
ALIZA SHANE (Writer/Director) is a director, playwright and producer. She works with her actors in a collaborative process, creating organic characters borne out of movement and improvisation in addition to the written word. Born and raised in NY, Aliza has a BA in Theatre from Queens College. Aliza is the former Assistant Managing Director at Looking Glass Theatre where she was producer of the Writer/Director Forum. She directed four new works as part of the Forum, garnering multiple awards. Also with Looking Glass, Aliza wrote and directed Are You There Zeus? It?s Me, Electra; The Spanish Wives: A Groovy Tale of Peace, Love and Restoration and The Three Sillies, which earned an NYIT Award for Outstanding Short Script. Aliza wrote and directed The Imaginary Invalid: By Prescription Only, and Are You There Zeus? It?s Me, Electra as part of Planet Connections Festivity, which earned awards for Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Direction respectively. Other directing credits: Hamlet, The First Quarto (Genesis Rep), The Bacchae (Cypreco Theatre Co.), Cabaret: A New World (Towards Truth Productions), The Acoustic Nerve (Groove Mama Ink). Aliza is the co-founder and co-artistic director of 3 Voices Theatre, working alongside long-time collaborator and co-founder Jenn Tufaro.
ANGELIKA MARIA ?GELI? RAUBAL (June 4, 1908 ? September 18, 1931) was Adolf Hitler?s niece. Born in Linz, Austria-Hungary, she was the second child of Hitler's half-sister, Angela Raubal. Hitler had a special place in his heart for Geli and kept a tight rein over her, restricting her activities and her contact with the outside world. It was rumored that they were lovers. On the morning of September 19, 1931, members of Hitler's staff found Geli Raubal dead from a gunshot wound to the lung in her room in Hitler?s Munich apartment. The official cause of death was listed as suicide. Hermann Göring, a leading member of the Nazi Party, would later state at the Nuremberg trials that Geli?s death had devastated Hitler to such an extent that it changed his views and relationships with all other people.
Official Nazi photographer Heinrich Hoffmann said of Geli's death: "That was when the seeds of inhumanity began to grow inside Hitler."
3 VOICES THEATRE is an NYC-based theatre company committed to organic theatre, new play evolution, creative collaboration and development of the Artistic Voice. The ?three voices? represent the three primary voices in creating a play: Playwright, Director and Actor. Each component is equally vital to the process and we believe that the best art is that which comes from the collaboration of all three voices. We also believe that an artist can have more than one voice, and we encourage using multiple voices ? actors who have stories to write, playwrights who love to act, etc. ? there?s room to explore all variations with 3V Theatre in a safe and supportive environment.
Mein Uncle marks the first major production for 3V. The company has produced two staged reading events -- Threesomes and Say Uncle! -- for which scripts about a specific these were solicited over a two-week period, then assigned to a director and team of actors. This creative team had one-two rehearsals before presenting in a staged reading format for the public.