This tale of intermingled love and hate was written by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and is one of the most disturbing yet accessible plays he wrote in his short life while writing/directing film and theatre during the post war German New Wave. This play explores the universal dynamics present in close human relationships, including ambiguously lesbian ones, and the darker characteristics within. Petra Von Kant is a very successful career fashion designer with very few friends and an “assistant” she manipulates named Marlene, who never speaks throughout the play. Some time ago, Petra divorced the husband she no longer loved and was possibly brutalized by. Until recently, she has been in a fairly satisfactory relationship with her assistant until she meets Karin, an awkward and damaged young woman with a long sad history. Petra immediately develops an obsession with Karin and fixates on making the beautiful girl a high fashion model, however, things soon become far more complicated and Petra’s history of sadistic relationships soon reemerges.
7:00pm (doors at 6:00)
810 W. Lake St.
Tickets: $15/$12 in advance or with a Fringe button