Hexing Hitler

Premiere performance July 22-30, 2011 at the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

Starring Kipp Simmons, Sarah Mae Lamar, Doogin Brown, Melody Butler, and Parry Luellen. Directed by Tara Varney.

Hexing Hitler

In 1941, five people gathered in a remote Maryland cabin to put a curse on Adolf Hitler and end World War II using witchcraft. Hexing Hitler is the true story of what happened that night.

William Seabrook popularized the word "zombie" in 1927 when he published a book about his adventures in Haiti, Magic Island, which served as the basis for the film White Zombie in 1932. That might be his biggest claim to fame today, but throughout the 1930s he was a best-selling author, world traveler, and journalist. He was also fascinated with witchcraft, black magic, and the occult. Along with writing about voodoo rituals on the island of Haiti, he wrote about eating human flesh in the jungles of Africa, battling alcoholism in an asylum, and joining a Bedouin tribe much like T.E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia. Not bad for a missionary's son who grew up in Kansas. The basis of this play was a photo essay about William Seabrook by Tom McAvoy published in Life Magazine in 1941 called "Putting a Hex on Hitler." In the next three years before his suicide in 1945, Seabrook would marry his sadistic third wife, have his first child, and publish his autobiography, No Hiding Place.

Sexing Hitler

In 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.

Reviews

Hexing Hitler

"Director Tara Varney perceptively turns the play into a meditation on fascism, not on Hitler so much; save for some rather indirect vein. Thematically, it is not as Der Untergang-like as it is Tempest-like in terms of Machiavellian politics, magic, innocence, knowledge, and wrongdoing." - William Carl Ferleman, PopMatters

Sexing Hitler

"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 (chosen as one of the top ten plays of the year)

"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

Media

Tara Varney 2012 interview in The Pitch.

Sexing Hitler

Premiere performance July 20-28, 2012 at the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

Starring Andy Garrison, Parry Luellen, Amy Hurrelbrink, Marcie Ramirez, and Eric Tedder. Directed by Tara Varney. Stage Managed by Ryan Puffer. Choreography by Amy Hurrelbrink. Music by Christian Hankel, Kyle Dahlquist, Richard Walker, and Sergio Moreno.

Staged reading of the full-length version 2016 at the Unicorn Theatre.

Starring Brian Paulette, Amy Attaway, Logan Black, Laura Jacobs, and Andy Perkins. Directed by Ian R. Crawford.

Production Info

Hexing Hitler and Sexing Hitler are two thematically-related one-act plays. They may be performed individually or together utilizing the same cast. Both plays are based on true stories.

Cast Requirements

Male, 40s-50s

Male, 30s-50s

Male, 20s, dancer

Female, 30s-50s

Female, 20s, dancer

 

The running time is approximately 60 minutes for Hexing Hitler, and 50 minutes for Sexing Hitler. There is also a full-length version of Sexing Hitler that runs about 80 minutes. Both plays contain mild language and sexual situations suitable for teens and adults. Performance royalties are negotiable and dependent on the size of the performance venue and ticket prices.

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