Life or Theatre?
Written and directed by Carly J. Bales, Life or Theatre? explodes the work and subconscious of the 20th century expressionist painter Charlotte Salomon on stage, fusing her autobiographical prose and expressionist painting with classical music, cinema, and theatre into a singular expression of her self – a demand by a young woman to exist in a world that demanded otherwise.
- A daring, experimental work of visual and aural bravado
- This is the most engaging, provocative piece of performance art I have seen in some time. [...] Stunning and achingly beautiful, timely, relevant, poignant and poetic...
- It’s compelling on many levels, capturing a struggle to define a self within imposed identities, all while trying to physically survive in a destructive world. It’s not a happy play, but it’s real and it’s important.
2018. Annex Theater | Baltimore, MD