Winter Miller-Lance Horne Musical Amandine to Star Lea DeLaria, Nathan Lee Graham, Alexandra Silber Off-Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
The world premiere of Amandine, a new musical exploring gender through the real-life story of 19th century intersex individual Herculine Barbin, will play a limited winter engagement beginning Jan. 8, 2013, at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Conceived by In Darfur playwright Winter Miller (book and lyrics) and Drama Desk Award-winning director Josh Hecht (Christine Jorgensen Reveals, Wearing Lorca's Bowtie, Out of Iceland), Amandine has music and lyrics by Emmy Award winner Lance Horne ("First Things Last").
The work is based on the memoirs of Herculine Barbin. Performances are scheduled through Jan. 26, 2013.
Amandine received a staged reading at Joe's Pub in 2010. Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wig Out!) was part of that staging. He will be joined by Lea DeLaria (On the Town, Little Fish) and Alexandra Silber (Master Class, Hello Again) Off-Broadway.
Additional casting is expected.
Amandine, according to the authors, "tells the story of a person caught profoundly 'in between.' Born intersex and raised as a girl in the most traditional and cloistered of settings, Amandine is too smart, too ambitious, too awkward—and too unlike the other girls. Driven by shame and fear of her unruly body, she retreats into a life of the mind, teaching in a highly religious girls' academy. Amandine falls in love, but soon her body betrays her, leading to a shocking discovery with devastating consequences. Her final years are spent wandering Paris in a new role: that of a man. Yet, Amandine's struggle is ours: to be accepted for who we are, as we are."
The creative team includes set designer Andromache Chalfant, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau and sound designer Robert Kaplowitz.
Ticket information will be announced shortly.
The creative team is currently raising funds for the production via a Kickstarter campaign. Click here to get involved.
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