Final Chapter of JULIANA VOL. 1 to Play The Duplex Tonight

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Award Winning Playwright, Vanda, presents a monthly stage performance of her recently published released book, Juliana. The novel and live performance centers around LGBT life in New York City in the 1940's. The performance is directed by Ray Fritz. The final chapter of Vol. 1 will be performed on Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 pm. Volume 2 will return to the stage at a later date in 2016.

Every month actors dress in period pieces and perform chapters from the novel. Incorporating singing and dancing from the time period, Juliana, the performance, is part radio show, part play, part nightclub entertainment, part novel. Performances take place the second Tuesday of the month and a recap of previous chapters/performances is provided before each show. Vanda's novel, Juliana (Vol. 1, 1941-1944) was released in February by Booktrope Editions.

About Juliana: It's 1941 and Alice "Al" Huffman comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her beau, her best girlfriend and her girlfriend's beau to make it on the Broadway stage only to find she has no talent. She meets Max, a former producer, talent manager and possible con man who introduces her to the glamorous, perpetually on the brink of stardom night club singer, Juliana. Juliana's voice sounds to Al like "warm milk slipping down the whole of my body."

Al is increasingly drawn into a secret gay underworld of men who wear dresses and women who smoke cigars, while her childhood friends continue in their "normal" lives. Al glides easily between the two worlds until these worlds begin to collide.

Juliana is the first in a series of novels about the same characters living through forthcoming decades of LGBT history.

The cast features Andrew Albigese (Listen Up/Manhattan Rep), Matt Antar (Verona Walls/WorkShop Theater), Matt Biagini (The Misanthrope/PS 122), Molly Collier (five time nominee Irene Ryan Scholarship), Ray Allen Fritz (A Midsummer Night's Dream/MTB Studio), Tom Godfrey (In Touch Network personality), Sharlene Hartman (Times Square Playwrights), Colleen Lis (Seussical/National Tour), Lucy McMichael (The Secret Sits in the Middle/Primary Stages), Jacques Mitchell (Summer and Smoke/T. Schreiber Studio), Jess Miller (Comic Strip Live/Foxwoods), Jami Simon (High Maintenance/HBO), and Annie-Sage Whitehurst (Limetown/Two-Up Productions).

Performances take place at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street (corner of 7th Avenue). Subways: 1 to Christopher Street, A/B/C/D/E/F to West 4th. Bus: M20 to Christopher Street. There is no cover charge - 2 drink minimum. RSVP at
Show Date: Tuesday, March 8th @ 7:00 pm
Running time: 60 minutes.

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