Pin-Up Girls: Show About WWII-Era Burlesque Performers
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Theatre Unleashed is proud to announce the final show of its 2008 Main Stage season and its first full-length original production written by one of the company’s founding members, Pin-Up Girls. With the successful, well-received runs of The Tempest and the series of original coffee shop shows Through a Caffeine Haze, the company and its reputation continue to grow. A bold (yet hysterical) show that tackles the theme of freedom, set in the popular world of burlesque, with powerful female characters, Pin-Up Girls is an exciting next step in solidifying Theatre Unleashed as one of L.A.’s strongest theatre companies.
Pin-Up Girls opens in 1942 San Francisco as young American men bound for war flood local nightclubs for a last hurrah. Meanwhile, American women find themselves in possession of a new found freedom and equality; in the factories, in the home and out on the town. Written and directed by Andrew Moore, Pin-Up Girls focuses on the dancers -- their lives, loves and losses – as they prepare backstage at The High Jinks for an evening striptease. Heart-warming and heart-breaking, the show provides a glimpse into the camaraderie that exists backstage among any group of show people.
“What makes this original production so thrilling is that it captures the passion and character intricacy of screwball comedies from the likes of Capra and Hawkes, while allowing themes to be dealt with in a timely way for a current audience,” said Artistic Director Phillip Kelly. “This story could be told in 20 years and still be relevant.”
Theatre Unleashed plans Pin-Up Girls to be its most ambitious show to date. Besides being the longest run in the company’s short history, the production itself will feature an exquisitely detailed set mirroring the time period, glamorous costumes with attention paid to rationing and limitations to women’s clothing at the time, and songs from the era to truly take audiences back. Not lost in all the glitz is a fast-paced, hilarious jaunt that tugs at the heart strings.
“The reason I wrote a play set 400 miles to the north and 65 years in the past is that problems of yesterday are the problems of today,” Moore said. “Distance, whether mileage or decades passed, affords us the opportunity to view universal problems like love, relationships and disappointment with a sense of safety.”
Director of Development for Theatre Unleashed, Moore has been recognized for his work as a playwright in the past, most recently with Torrid Affaire, which he directed and co-produced at Two Roads Theatre. Over the past couple years, he’s found himself immersed in the world of burlesque.
“Backstage is a magical place, the threshold between reality and fantasy where the clothes come off and costumes go on,” Moore said. “The burlesque world is like no other. As the husband of a performer, I’ve had the rare fortune of glimpsing backstage and this is an experience I want to share with the audience."