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True story of 1924 Jewish-German heroine to be performed at New Phoenix Theatre


Thu, May 31st 2018 11:25 am
'The Red Dress' explores politics, art, romance in Germany between World War I, II
Argyle Road Productions will produce the Buffalo premier of "The Red Dress" at The New Phoenix Theatre on the Park May 31 through June 23. The play is based on the lives of the parents of the play's renowned writer, Tania Wisbar, and will be directed by Buffalo native Frank A. Rossi.
Beloved German film star Alexandra Schiele fights for democracy in 1924 post-World War I Berlin. Alexandra meets her husband, Franz, a homeless sketch artist and a veteran of the war. They marry and Franz eventually becomes a top documentary film director for Joseph Goebbles and Adolf Hitler in 1933 Germany. With her defiance of the Nazi regime very public, the Gestapo discovers Alexandra is 1/8 Jewish, leaving her with the option of aborting her child and becoming sterilized, or being exiled from her country, divorced, penniless and four months pregnant.
"The Red Dress" is on stage at The New Phoenix Theatre on The Park, 95 Johnson Park, Buffalo (www.newphoenixtheatre.org). It will run Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at reddress.brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 800-838-3006. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheRedDressTheatricalPlay/.
Those holding tickets for any performance can enjoy a pre-show three-course discounted dinner special and free parking at the 31 Club, 31 N. Johnson Park, a block east of the theater. The 31 Club offers live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Company
Liz McKendry (Alexandra Schiele), a Kenmore native and a graduate of Buffalo State College, she has spent the past 14 years as a working actress in New York City. Her work includes multiple featured roles on Broadway in the hit musical "The Producers," leading roles Off and Off-Off Broadway in productions of "Shakespeare," the classics and contemporary plays, as well as work in television. Her film career credits include work as a featured performer in Jonathan Sanger's "The Producers," starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
Josh Nuncio (Franz Weitrek) of Hamburg has spent 10 years in Los Angeles performing in numerous plays. He is best known for his starring role as Nick McCabe in the hit Disney series, "I Heart Vampires." In 2017, Nuncio landed the starring role in Mac Cappuccino's feature film "Malaisia," filmed in Buffalo.
Jeremy Kreuzer (Dieter Keller) of Cheektowaga has theater credits that include Jimmy Jack in "Translations," Adam in "As You Like It," Lane in "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Kapo in "Bent." He subsequently toured the country with the Chamber Theatre Production of "Encore!" He was cast in the Buffalo movie production of "Marshall" and has appeared as Eugene in "Biloxi Blues" and Kenny in "Proposals."
Camilla Maxwell (Sybil Stein), an Australian-born playwright and actress. She has a B.A. degree in media/shakespeare from Macquarie University in Sydney and a degree in theater from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. A professional working actress in Australia since she was 8, she lived and performed in NYC for nine years before moving to Buffalo five years ago. She has produced, written, directed and acted with the Mind The Gap Theatre (Dame Judy French and Helen Mirren). She also won the Maxim Mazumdar play competition at the Alleyway Theatre and recently acted in ND Studios Sci-Fi film "Locke." Earlier in her career, she was the face of Coppertone sunscreen in Japan and has been on various national commercials in the U.S. and Australia.
Pamela Rose Mangus (Rachel) is a Western New York actress and South Buffalo native. She is a multiple Artie Award winner and managing director for O'Connell & Company. She recently finished performing in "The Full Monty" with Subversive Theatre Collective and played Sir John Falstaff in an all-female production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" with Shakespeare in the Park.

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