Backstage Bistro Awards for “Outstanding Theme Show” “Stage Direction” “Musical Direction” and “Arrangements”
Aggie Award for “Best Live Performance”
LITTLE DEATH debuted Off-Broadway at the Zipper Factory Theater in NYC in 2008. In this one-woman show, I explore the erotic synergies between sex and death. My musical suitors date as far back as the 17th century with Henry Purcell to the present with Tom Waits and include Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Patrick Doyle, Astor Piazzola, Cole Porter, Franz Schubert, Jane Siberry, Kurt Weill and Wesley “Sox” Wilson. Comprised of the Sex Act and Death Act, the show features a five-piece band of piano, guitar, violin, bass and percussion. Singing in English, German, French, Latin and Portuguese, I crossbreed a decadent range of musical influences – everything from jazz, Delta blues, classical, rock-folk and cabaret. A little death, or la petite mort in French, refers to the post-orgasmic sensation of release, or ecstasy, that poets and eroticists have likened variously to a living death or window into the other world. My exploration of what could be called vigor mortis takes us in and out of pain and pleasure, obsession and foreplay, creation and destruction in an entrancing theatre and music dichotomy that is by turns post-coital and post-mortal. In my view, and in that of the composers and poets I coax out on stage, sex and death are two distinct acts, but their experience is intertwined. You can’t have one without the other.