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Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy

Maureen Angelos, Lisa Kron, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

5f

ISBN: 9780573697036

"Smart, satirical farce that uses laughter and touches of raunchy humor to debunk the myth of the doomed lesbian." - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s

Settings Of Play - Several locations. 1920 - 1971

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Puppetry

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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 multicharacter classic.

REVEIWS

"Smart, satirical farce that uses laughter and touches of raunchy humor to debunk the myth of the doomed lesbian." - The New York Times

"Parodies gay clichés about lesbian destiny with deadly accuracy." - LA Times


Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy premiered at the WOW Cafe in New York City in January 1992 under the direction of Kate Stafford.

Characters

CASTING

5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting

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, 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 bad hole in him, the original Vin Marconi.
BUM – man with the D.T.’s.
NIPPER – Babe’s canine companion, a hand puppet.
Author(s)
Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her plays include Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, and The Ver**zon Play. She wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home (with music by composer Jeanine Tesori), winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Lisa and Jeanine were the first all-woman team to ever receive a ... view full profile

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