Like many a New York International Fringe Festival show before it, John Jahnke's Lola Montez in Bavaria has found a life beyond the annual summer event. Lola, one of the more popular offering of the 1998 Fringe, will be remounted at Off-Off-Broadway's HERE, Oct. 29-Nov. 21.
Director-playwright Jahnke took as his play's inspiration the life of international, 19th-century temptress Lola Montez. Montez, prescient in her sense of self-invention, claimed she was a Spanish noblewoman and created a sensation across Europe with a provocative stage act called the "Spider Dance." Among her many romantic conquests was King Ludwig I, whose reign was severely threatened by his relationship with Montez.
Jahnke's highly flamboyant and imaginative brand of theatre is communicated through the titles of his past works, such as La Sainte Courtesane and Beasts of Luxury. Previously based in L.A., Lola is his company's first full New York production.
Featured in the cast of Lola are Christina Campanella, Salvatore Garguilo, Harley Kaplan, Jeroen Kuiper, Dustin Schell and Richard Sterne.
For information, call (212) 647-0202. -- By Robert Simonson