Talking with Angels: Budapest, 1943

solo performance · duse studio productions · Ages 12+ · family friendly · one person show · United States of America

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Whether you believe in angels or not, the channeled messages transcribed by four young Hungarian artists are a wake-up call to anyone experiencing the disbelief and despair that ordinary citizens feel when suddenly confronted with corrupt political leadership.
Over a period of 17 months, during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, Gitta Mallasz and her three friends held weekly meetings every Friday afternoon. During these meetings, they received channeled messages from four angels, four distinctly different personalities, who gave counsel and comfort to the quartet. In 1976, Gitta Mallasz, the sole survivor of the group, turned the transcripts from their meetings into the French best seller Talking with Angels (Dialogue avec l’Ange) which Shelley Mitchell then adapted into her critically acclaimed solo performance piece.
“TALKING WITH ANGELS: Budapest, 1943 is a tour de force by Shelley Mitchell. Solo on a bare stage with just mind, body, imagination and chutzpa to sustain her, she morphs herself through different characters and creates a marvelous ensemble drama out of thin air. It’s a wonder to behold. " CARROLL BALLARD, filmmaker (Never Cry Wolf, The Black Stallion, Fly Away Home)

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ryon baxter *

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tatiana maricely *

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* Fringe Veteran


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FRAMES: Ensemble-devised in 7 days

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We live in frames, real or imagined. Do they frames offer something worthwhile or are we fated to rail against them? Our ensemble decided to fight and fall in love with our limits by creating a show in only 7 rehearsals.