“Lawrence’s superb performance in this bold production makes Lavender Songs: A Queer Cabaret in Weimar Berlin simultaneously entertaining and chilling.”
— Darryl Reilly, TheatreScene.net
2008 Bistro Award winner
“The real sophisticated thing... devastating and convincingly Kabarett.”
“A witty, proud, and political evening.”
— Q On Stage
LAVENDER SONGSIt’s winter 1930 and Tante Fritzy, cabaret artiste extraordinaire invites you to have a ball in her gender-bender world. Never mind the rising popularity of the guy with the bad moustache. Come and celebrate Berlin’s edgiest cabaret music with her as she kicks the world on its ass.
A QUEER WEIMAR BERLIN CABARET
English lyrics and additional material written and performed
by Jeremy Lawrence
Directed by Jason Jacobs
With Ariela Bohrod on the piano
The songs, originally written or performed by queer artists in Weimar era Berlin include the music of Lothar Brühne, Richard Fall, Friedrich Hollaender, Horst Platen, Rudolph Nelson, Ernst Sennhofer, and Mischa Spoliansky. The original German texts were written by Bruno Balz, Raimund Dannberg, Willy Hagen, Friedrich Hollaender, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Marcellus Schiffer, Kurt Schwabach, and Kurt Tucholsky.
The piece is based on an evening created by Alan Lareau for the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945.
The one-man show was originally produced by TOSOS (“The Other Side of Silence”) a theatre company dedicated to preserving the theatrical heritage of the LGBT community.
Video by Robert Brink / Photos by Bjorn Bolinder / Graphic design by Matthew Pritchard