The theatrical adaptation of one of the first and best-loved films of Rainier Werner Fassbinder
The theatrical adaptation of one of the first and best-loved films of Rainier Werner Fassbinder

Tell us about your show.

Set in modern Germany, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant is an intimate melodrama about a successful fashion designer who becomes obsessed with a cold-hearted aspiring model.

Held up by an all female cast and exploring themes of inter-generational love, sexuality, and sadomasochism, Petra Von Kant is the written theatrical adaptation of one of the first and best-loved films of new German cinema auteur Rainier Werner Fassbinder. The play resonates as strongly today as it did at its debut in the 1970s and will force you to reconsider gender roles, romance, and classism.

Describe your show in three words.

Intimate, radical, and sexy.

Why should someone come see your show?

It is a multicultural masterpiece by a progressive master that helped forge the ways of gender parity, female characters, and radicalized storytelling through art via the mediums of both theatre and film. It is also an incredibly moving story about identity, inter-generational admiration and learning, classism, power, and love. It is also the first time a Fassbinder work has ever debuted on the stage in Vancouver.

If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Cat Woman, because she is a modestly classic, gorgeously humble-powerhouse icon of feminism that is nocturnal, sexy, and brings justice in an eccentric, “without-you-realizing-till-it’s-too-late” way. And should I even mention the leather?

If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, besides your own, what show would that be?

I would see The Ones We Leave Behind of the Advanced Theatre New Works by Diverse Woman, because it is centered around an Asian-Canadian family (personal bias), it is an original so there is a guarantee I have never seen it, I support works written by diverse woman, and I am a champion of works about family.

The Details

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Venue:
Vancity Culture Lab @ The Cultch, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Tickets: http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com
Website: mtstheatre.com
Twitter: @Mtstheatre

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The 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 6-16 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.