The Life of Zelda Fitzgerald Examined in “The Last Flapper” in Copake Falls

The Flapper awoke from her lethargy of sub-deb-ism, bobbed her hair, put on her choicest pair of earrings and a great deal of audacity and rouge and went into the battle.– Zelda Fitzgerald, Eulogy on the Flapper in Metropolitan Magazine, 1922 Actress Diedre Bollinger and playwright/director Carl Ritchie have been collaborating on theatre in Columbia County…

A Comedy of Reinvention, Survival, and Doing Drag

by Gail M. Burns Matthew Lopez’ work was first introduced to Dorset Theatre Festival audiences in 2013 when then brand new Artistic Director Dina Janis directed his play The Whipping Man, a drama exploring racial tensions in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War. Now Stephen Brackett is directing Lopez’ comedy The Legend of…

Uplifting Stories and Cathartic Songs About Death

by Gail M. Burns Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die is described as “Part pop/indie rock cabaret, part storytelling—a life affirming show about one thing we all have in common.” That would be death. This is a show about the inevitability of death and dying. And according to Vogue it’s “goofily grim” and “wildly entertaining.”…