Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New show: Leni

So I'm working on a show in the NYC Fringe Festival this year. It's called Leni, about the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. For those who don't know, she's the filmmaker behind Triumph of the Will, one of the strongest pieces of propaganda ever made for the Nazi party. She maintained throughout her later life that she didn't know about the atrocities the party was committing until she was told during her interrogations starting in 1945, and that she had no special relationship with Hitler. A look at the timing of her work and the progress of the Nazi party suggests that she had to be an incredibly stupid and credulous individual not to have some idea about what was happening by the time she released Triumph.

This tension makes her a very controversial figure. In the play, she examines the tension between her claims and the evidence of history. Given the subject matter, I had a moment of doubt about whether or not to continue the project, but it doesn't try to force an answer and it doesn't pull its punches. I think it's actually really good, so everyone should come.

The play is produced by Collaborative Play. Their web site has the details.

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