Andy Garrison as Heinrich Himmler
Directed by Tara Varney
Music by Christian Hankel, Kyle Dahlquist,
The Off Center Theatre in Crown Center
Tickets are $10 with a $5 Fringe button (available at the box office).
DEBUTING AT THE 2012 KANSAS CITY FRINGE FESTIVAL
BY BRYAN COLLEY AND TARA VARNEY
"BEST OF FRINGE" HANGOVER PERFORMANCE AT 3:00PM JULY 29 AT THE OFF CENTER THEATRE IN CROWN CENTER. LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE SHOW.
"This peek into a weird corner of Nazi history ... managed the neat trick of being raucously amusing, touching and ultimately haunting all in one package." - Robert Trussell, KC Star
"Wonderful in every respect. It is hard for me to single out specifics because I liked every moment so much. The entire show is well-conceived and ably executed, and that is an understatement. Writers/directors Bryan Colley and Tara Varney crafted a splendid script, and nurtured actors and designers to bring it to life with perfection. Kudos to everyone involved with this outstanding production." - Detailer, KC Stage
"Sexing Hitler is definitely a must-see for its combination of ridiculous hilarity and truly fascinating historical material." - Karen Hauge, KC Metropolis
"It takes a certain nerve to pull off something like this, not to mention a not inconsiderable amount of skill. Fortunately, the story is in excellent hands. Definitely a highlight of this year's Fringe, Sexing Hitler is not to be missed." - kellyluck, KC Stage
"Sexing Hitler is a clean, direct, and highly entertaining play." - soundtheater, KC Stage
"This is the tightest script out of this collaboration to date and the performance style was interesting and funny." - timelovestheatre, KC Stage
"Colley and Varney can be counted on to produce something original, outlandish and unpredictable at the Fringe, and this show certainly seems to fit the pattern." - Robert Trussell, KC Star
The year is 1941. German soldiers in occupied territories are contracting syphilis from prostitutes in astounding numbers. The disease threatens the stability of the Third Reich. To solve the problem, Adolf Hitler orders the creation of inflatable pleasure dolls that the soldiers can carry in their packs to satisfy their urges.
Yes, this is a true story.
As detailed in the book Mussolini's Barber by Graeme Donald, The Borghild Project was overseen by Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapo and the elite S.S. army. He led a team of scientists in the development of plastic dolls called gynoids. This involved considerable research into suitable materials and construction, as well as much debate about the physical appearance of the doll. Prototypes were even tested with soldiers in the field on the Channel Islands. The details of this top secret project were only recently revealed by the last surviving member of the team, Arthur Rink.
Although the primary purpose of the doll was to prevent venereal disease, Himmler also saw it as a way to instill the Aryan dream in German soldiers. Utilizing music, dance, and poetry to tell story of the Borghild Project, "Sexing Hitler" examines the power of fantasies to liberate and enslave.
Read an interview with director Tara Varney by Berry Anderson at The Pitch.
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This is a 1934 film about America's eugenics-based social reform called Tomorrow's Children. The image quality isn't very good, but the film offers a fascinating time-capsule look at how the legal system sought to deal with criminality, mental illness, and the physically disabled through forced-sterilization laws. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the film is that it doesn't argue that the laws are bad, merely that it's possible for an innocent victim to mistakenly end up being sterilized. More than 60,000 Americans were sterilized in the last century by court order so that their genes could not be passed on, and it continues to be a newsworthy political issue today.