During World War II the Nazis looted Jewish homes taking whatever they could. The articles they took were lost forever and parts of the history of humankind went with it. German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who managed somehow to escape the clutches of the Third Reich, takes it upon herself to go around collecting all the lamps, tables, rugs, and other miscellaneous articles she could in her cart. All of the items were stored in her home. Later on during the Communist years, she continued her preservation crusade by rescuing what she could from a cabaret. Charlotte's house began to take on the look of a museum. What she was able to do was keep the history of a country intact. Much would have been lost without her intervention.
This fascinating story could only be inspired by actual events and it was. American playwright Doug Wright conducted a series of interviews over the span of a couple of years to get the background for the play. It is hard to believe that this cross-dresser, who began at 16, was able to survive living in one of the most repressive regimes in human history. It shows you the strength of the spirit if it is willing. The play is an interesting true story about a person who was able to come from the fringes of society and still make an impact.
The latest production at The Leanor and Alvin Seagal Theatre is a 2004 Tony Award and Pulitzer-Prize-winning play. It is a one-person play with over 40 different characters. Actor Brett Christopher takes on the challenging role and it is directed by Chris Abraham.
-The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre: 5170 Cote Ste. Catherine
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-Ticket Price: Ranges from $25-$47