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Germain Shames Development

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The Degenerates and The Lost Girl


a play by Germaine Shames
November 2015
 
Katherine Monberg offered an in-depth 5-hour working session to member Germaine Shames to develop two full-length plays. The first, The Degenerates, has been in development with sheworXX for six months (having previously received a consultation from director Susan Arnold). 
 
Synopsis of The Degenerates:
When Adolf Hitler declares war on Europe’s avant-garde, a jaded Paris art dealer and a high-minded Berlin art student play a deadly game of bait-and-switch to save the life of a condemned Jewish artist.

Synopsis of The Lost Girl:
Alvina Houghton, the headstrong daughter of a widowed Midlands draper, comes of age just as her father’s business is failing. In a desperate attempt to regain his fortune and secure his daughter’s proper place in society, James Houghton buys a theater. Among the traveling performers he employs is Ciccio, a sensual Italian who immediately captures Alvina’s attention. A full-length adaption of D.H. Lawrence's work of the same name. 
Degenerates


Unknown Edith Wharton
a play by Germaine Shames
November 2015: exploratory reading
Director (and actor): Hal Melfi
Actors: Eric Everts, Avis Judd, Diane Ouradnik, Carley Preston
Synopsis: A thematically-linked one-act adaptation of early works by Edith Wharton. 
August 2015: Dramaturgical guidance by Susan Arnold, artistic director of Winding Road Theater Ensemble of Tucson. 

Gabrovo
a play by Germaine Shames
August 20, 2015: private development rehearsal
Director: Klara Wojtkowska
Actors: Steve McKee, Diane Ouradnik, and Carley Preston



The Abstract Life
by Germaine Shames
June 3, 2015: a semi-private event for sheworXX members and theatre professionals
Director: Katherine Moberg
Actors: Sean Dupont, Jonathan Northover,
Jill Baker, Avis Judd, Gabriela Urias,
Milta Ortiz, and Roxanne Harley
A widowed French artist emotionally scarred by WWII follows the epicenter of the art world from Paris to New York City, remarries, and brings over his seven-year old daughter. Foreseeing trouble, the ghost of his first wife comes along. The Abstract Life chronicles a decade of repressed, if radical, social change through the life of one new immigrant whose love-hate relationship with his art and his adopted country threatens to stymie his dreams. 
April 2015: dramaturgical meeting with Eugenia Woods.