What Elsas Knew In A Peril

by Brandon Olson

directed by Ildiko Nemeth


What Elsas Knew In a Peril is an kaleidoscopic new theatrical piece written by Brandon Olson and directed by Ildiko Nemeth. The show dramatizes the relationships and tribulations of Cookie, nave and troubled transgender sex worker. Arriving starry-eyed in the big city, Cookie meets and is taken advantage of by the lustful Emperor as the world around him crumbles from a devastating scourge. The play's dramatis personae are inspired by the visual vocabulary of Dada and embodied by a lively ensemble of human actors, dolls, and inanimate objects. A whos who of 20th century fashion and art luminaries, including an army of Elsas (including designer Schiaparelli and journalist Klensch), conspire around Cookie and the play's title is a double entendre: What Else is New in Apparel? is the question that most concerns the vain and power-drunk Emperor; it refers also to the talismanic nature of the Elsas brought to life in plague time, amid a wild array of imagined characters from the past, present and future. The story has elements of a parable, creatively expressing the impact of the AIDS crisis on queer communities. With its scope and playfulness, however, it is much more than a simple allegory. Through Cookie's struggles, consolations, and redemptions, the play presents the powers of human imagination and human tenderness as the most humble form of salvation, as well as the ultimate one.


 12/8/2017 at 8:00pm
 12/9/2017 at 8:00pm
 12/10/2017 at 5:00pm
 12/13/2017 at 8:00pm
 12/14/2017 at 8:00pm
 12/15/2017 at 8:00pm
 12/16/2017 at 8:00pm
 12/17/2017 at 5:00pm

Theatre/Venue New Stage Performance Space 

36 West 106th Street  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 2124220028 
Website for reservations https://ci.ovationtix.com/34971/production/982741  
Running time 2hr. 0min. 


Producing Organization: The New Stage Theatre Comapny  
Website www.newstagetheatre.org  
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