Fifty years of living in the suburbs have taken their toll on Ida, a seventy-eight year old Tattooed Lady and former star of the 1920's Freakshow. Following the death of her husband, she is faced with two terrifying choices: to move into her daughter's home and live out the rest of her days in obscurity, or find the courage to confront her past and return to the stage one last time. Oh, and one hundred years worth of Tattooed Lady ghosts are in her front yard, refusing to take no for an answer.
The Tattooed Lady is a musical meditation on beauty, perversity, shattering of taboos, and a woman’s right to control her body and choose her destiny. The score for The Tattooed Lady will be composed primarily on saw, wine glass, pipe organ, vibraphone, cello, accordion, and toy piano, evoking a carnivalesque world that is child-like, whimsical, and haunting. The visual landscape of the play will endeavor to translate the intimate (a viper tattoo on a woman’s knee) into the epic (a ten foot tall puppet viper taking over the stage).
MUSIC & LYRICS BY MAX VERNON
BOOK BY ERIN COURTNEY and MAX VERNON
Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals
Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat
Kimmel Center Residency (via The Public Theater)