"Sexing Hitler," a new original play by Bryan Colley and Tara Varney, will be produced at the upcoming Kansas City Fringe Festival, July 20-28.
"Sexing Hitler" is the story of the Third Reich's invention of inflatable pleasure dolls to prevent the spread of venereal disease during World War II. 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.
The performances at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center are at the following dates and times:
6:30pm Friday, July 20"Sexing Hitler" is directed by Tara Varney. The cast includes Andy Garrison, Parry Luellen, Amy Hurrelbrink, Eric Tedder, and Marcie Ramirez, and features music by Christian Hankel and Kyle Dahlquist, and choreography by Amy Hurrelbrink.
8:00pm Saturday, July 21
7:30pm Monday, July 23
9:30pm Tuesday, July 24
8:00pm Thursday, July 26
10:00pm Saturday, July 28
Bryan Colley and Tara Varney's previous KC Fringe Festival productions include "Lingerie Shop," "Khaaaaan! the Musical," and "Hexing Hitler."
This play is made possible by an Inspiration Grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City ArtsKC Fund.
Tickets are $10 with a $5 Fringe button. To find out more visit www.jupiterkansas.com and www.kcfringe.org.