Darien Arts Center Stage in collaboration with the Lipstick Project presented the first licensed all-female production of Cabaret in the Spring of this year. I was lucky enough to be asked to direct this brave and beautiful cast.
Directed by Carin Zakes
Produced by Nova Hall
Musical Direction by Dwayne Condon
Choreography by Caitlin Roberts
Stage Manager: Kelly Kilmer
Costumer: Amy Raskopf
Lighting Design: Jac-que Robinson
Poster: Serge Ghio
Projections: Peter Green
Cliff Abigail Henderson
Sally Rachel Schulte
Fraulein Schneider Bette McCreedy
Herr Shultz Marilyn Olsen
Fraulein Kost Megan Kellogg
Ernst Shelley Lepetich
Kit Kat Dancers
Director’s Note- 4/13/18
“Cabaret” has been on my directing wish-list for a while, and when approached by Lipstick Project to collaborate with Stage, it jumped right to the top. The timing seems right for a show about fear of the “other” and the fluidity of gender.
Cabaret, set in 1931 Berlin, juxtaposes the frenzied decadence of the Berlin nightclub scene with the political decline of the Weimar Republic. Within just a few years, the rising Nazi Party would be burning books and closing down establishments like the Kit Kat Klub.
Today, we live in an era of growing understanding and celebration of diversity. It is, simultaneously, a time of renewed tribalism and intolerance.
Cabaret derives from the 1951 Broadway play by John Van Druten I am a Camera which, in turn, was adapted from Christopher Isherwoods’ The Berlin Stories. The play begins “I am a camera with its shutter open…” Cabaret reminds us to bear witness, to speak and act against hatred. To remember that love is love is love. Fraulein Schnieder asks us all, “With the winds in the air, what would you do?” Cabaret is the story of survival, of holding fast to humanity. It is the story of every age.
Carin Zakes, Director