|Beginning September 18th, LaMama E.T.C. presents
Ravaged by Romance, a multimedia musical extravaganza created by and starring
Chris Tanner and Brandon Olson based on the writings of Steven Lott. It
is directed by Julie Atlas Muz featuring an all-star line up of downtown¹s
most acclaimed and unusual performers.
In Ravaged by Romance, a dying writer struggles to stay alive through
the obsessive creation of imaginary worlds. The phantoms of his mind --
including Victorian chess playing princesses, horny mice, and Baby Jane
Hudson -- assist him on his journey to the other side, but not without
plenty of drug-induced orgies and tap dance numbers.
Ravaged by Romance stars Flawless Sabrina, Dirty Martini (The Glamazons),
Derrickinadress, Tigger, Hole Dazzle (The Dazzle Dancers), Kelly Webb,
Richard Spore, Agosto Machado and D'Arcy Drollinger (Pink Elephants, Scalpel).
The production also features music by Lance Cruce (Make Love), Armen Ra
and Marc Dale; set design by Garry Hayes (The Coral Room, Barmacy, Beauty
Bar); and costumes by Robert Lehman, Becky Hubbert and Steven Menendez.
Chris Tanner is currently co-starring as the singing Liza in Karen Finley's
Make Love at Fez. He most recently collaborated with Olson and company
on Holly's Folly at HERE Arts Center. Other collaborations with Olson
are Rebel Without a Claus at Joe's Pub and Crackpot Cabaret at Marion's.
He has also collaborated on various projects with Cyndi Lauper, Penny
Arcade, Bloolips, Everett Quentin, Maria Irene Fornes, Jeff Weiss, Lance
Cruce, Sebastian Stuart, and David Lynch. He is also an internationally
Brandon Olson currently appears in both Karen Finley¹s Make Love
at Fez and D'Arcy Drollinger¹s Scalpel at FringeNYC. Other work includes
three collaborations with British dancer/choreographer Jonathan Wooster:
New Work, Circus Adrift, and GLAAD Award nominee Go Go Real. He is a regular
performer for the Jackie 60 Factory and producer/ director of Patricia
Field's Cupid's Ball. He is one of Susanne Bartsch's regular stable of
beauties, performing at events at Webster Hall and the Raleigh in Miami.
Other theatrical ventures include Avante Garde A Rama at P.S. 122, Jeff
Whitty's Suicide Weather at Playwright's Horizon's Studio, and The Plagues
for our Time at LaMaMa with Tom O'Horgan.