Written by Jean-Claude van Itallie, the legendary La Mama playwright, author of the 1960's anti Vietnam war Off-Broadway megahit, America Hurrah, and directed by David Schweizer, famed director of major operas, The Fat Lady Sings is a loud no-holds barred crucially needed in-depth exploration of the hidden beliefs that have brought America to its knees.
An unhappy white authoritarian American evangelical family -- the father eerily like today's occupant of the White House -- lives out its painful confusion of the real and the virtual on a dream-like wooden many-sailed 17th century merchant ship. The ship symbolizes the centuries old destructive patriarchal/capitalist/religious myths ruling the family's life. Exploited by politicians, preachers, and commercial corporations, the family is filled with rage, despair and denial.
By Jean Claude van Itallie
Directed by David Schweizer
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Cover Photo of America Hurrah (Motel dolls) photo by Phill Niblock 1966