Final Chapter of JULIANA VOL. 1 to Play The Duplex Tonight
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 www.purplepass.com
Show Date: Tuesday, March 8th @ 7:00 pm
Running time: 60 minutes.