The Gnadiges Fraulein – Idiopathic Ridiculapathy Consortium

March 31, 2010 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2nd Stage 2030 Sansom Street Philadelphia PA

I have been 2 ticket(s) for this performance.

The Gnadiges Fraulein (Gracious Lady) is a rarely-performed work first published in 1965 in Esquire magazine. Set in Cocalooney Key, the âSouthern-most Island off the Southern-most tip of the Disunited Mistakes,â Williams coined Gnadiges a Slapstick Tragedy, âakin to vaudeville, burlesque, and slapstick with a dash of pop art thrown in.â Surreal, in the spirit of an animated cartoon, many scholars have suggested it represents a trend in Tennessee Williamsâ later years toward the absurdist theatre of Beckett and Ionesco. This tragic-comic confection features a giant pelican, a drunken fisherman, a Hollywood Indian, two female clowns and a tragic ex-Vaudevillian soubrette in an allegory of human folly, suffering, and endurance that is at once deeply tragic and profoundly comic.

The Gnadiges Fraulein will feature Leah Walton, Kelly Vrooman, Jane Moore, John DâAlonzo, Lee Pucklis and Bob Schmidt. IRC Artistic Director Tina Brock will direct. The designers on Gnadiges include: Lisi Stoessel, set design; Joshua Schulman, lighting design, and Brian Stratchan, costume design.