Theater LaB Houston presents Winifred
Theater LaB Houston's season concludes with the world premiere of Winifred, a new play by Alva Hascall.
Who is Winifred Wagner? British orphan, given in marriage to Richard Wagner’s son, mother of Wagner’s grandchildren, key to the dynasty ... featuring opera, guns, cursing, Wagner’s Festspielhaus Theater and an amusing pile of steaming maternal manipulation.
Following over four years of development, including workshop readings in Austin, and a staged excerpt at DiverseWorks Artspace, Winifred will finally be given its world premiere. Like the lady, this play has a titanium spine and prizefighter’s reach. Frankly theatrical and brutally frank, with dazzling language that provokes and propounds, it forces its audience to examine themselves as they examine Winifred - the specimen set before them on the stage. No good deed goes unpunished. Nevertheless, Winifred Wagner refuses to lie. You are summoned to judge her. Winifred’s story bristles with themes of innocence and guilt, sexual politics, artistic purity, feminism and familial relations.