Salomania: World-Premiere Drama on Salomé Dancer Maud Allan
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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
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Featured review from Dennis S.
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The acting was great and the story very compelling. My only suggestion would be to trim the first trench scene that is too long and the chocolate discussion did not make much sense to my group. Loved the scene in the pub between the soldier and Sara as it must have relevance today.
Quotes & Highlights
- "All this - a sexy dancer in diaphanous gear, combat, inflated right-wing paranoia, Wildean aphorisms - and a "cult of the clitoris." What's not to like? It's a credit to prolific playwright and director [Mark] Jackson that he not only pulls together all these elements but also makes their juxtapositions easily comprehensible."--<a target="_blank" href="http://www.auroratheatre.org/?q=salomania_SFChron_review"><em>San Francisco Chronicle</em></a>
- "[Playwright and director Mark] Jackson ("Metamorphosis," "Faust") lives up to his reputation for bracing ideas and balletic stage pictures here. He cleverly juxtaposes Allan's ludicrous trial with the carnage of life on the trenches during World War I."--<a target="_blank" href="http://www.auroratheatre.org/?q=salomania_BANG_review"><em>San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group</em></a>
- "[Maud] Allan has long deserved a play of her own, and she gets a brilliant one in Mark Jackson’s <em>Salomania</em>."--<a target="_blank" href="http://www.auroratheatre.org/?q=salomania_SFExaminer_review"><em>San Francisco Examiner</em></a>
- Read more reviews and feature articles on the play at Aurora Theatre's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.auroratheatre.org/?q=salomania_in_the_news">news page</a>.
Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson returns to Aurora to direct this World Premiere, specially commissioned for our 20th anniversary season. While directing Oscar Wilde's fascinating and sensual play Salome at Aurora in 2006, Jackson discovered the extraordinary story of dancer Maud Allan, a San Francisco native who took Europe by storm in the early 1900's with her version of the "Dance of the Seven Veils." She became notoriously known as "The Salomé Dancer," and was unexpectedly confronted with a lawsuit that destroyed her career. Whereas Salome was Oscar Wilde's wild take on the infamous Biblical temptress, Salomania uses Allan's story as a framework to explore themes of media sensationalism, freedom of expression and wartime hysteria - themes as relevant today as they were a century ago.
This performance is for mature audiences only and includes simulated gun shots.