A reading of LENI
a play by Sarah Greenman
Featuring Leslie Brott and Aleisha Force
Thursday, April 21st at 7pm
Southern Methodist University
Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, Texas
The Margo Jones Theater
German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl is dead, but she is not ready to lie down. Her 1934 film, "Triumph of the Will" supplied the Third Reich with a valiant, embattled epic. Fascism was mythic politics and Riefenstahl became its myth-maker. She was a child of the century and embodied some of its most troubling contradictions. Sarah Greenman’s play journeys deep inside the mind and media of Leni Riefenstahl to discover why art can be a dangerous business.
Praise for LENI:
"Imagine a play so well conceived, staged, and performed, you'd ask to see it again as soon as the curtain call ends. Now consider a historical personality so much larger than life that to fully flesh her out requires two performers. That's "Leni
", a thought-provoking tour through the world of Nazi propagandist Leni
Riefenstahl. Greenman demonstrates a masterful confidence as her text darts from one decade to the next and one Leni
to another. It shouldn't work, but it does, to stunning effect."
- Kevin Phinny, Seattle Weekly
"In Sarah Greenman's remarkably thoughtful new play, she grants Riefenstahl afterlife license (although she died in 2003, at age 101), to note that her supposed "fascist aesthetic" created the modern world. Her work is despised, she observes, because it is too good. That rule might put this extraordinary work and brilliant set of performances at risk, too, but I loved every conflicted moment."
- Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Eloquent and spellbinding."
- Chris Harcum, nytheatre.com
Here are some posters of past productions:
I'd love to see you there!