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the author and composer of the hilarious She's Hideous
Set in a decadent world where everyone is a criminal, THE AMBERKLAVIER tells the gruesome tale of an honest man's quest to curb his methamphetamine addiction even if it means he has to prove he's God, run from The Angel of Death, and kill a stripper along the way.
From Eric Dienstfrey, the writer and composer of She's Hideous, THE AMBERKLAVIER is a pitch black musical comedy that explores the relationship between facts, fabrication, and fate -- and what happens when our worst fears are made flesh. Featuring such songs as "Abduction Waltz," "In The Alley of the Gran Guignol," and "Was I Wrong In Choosing Her?”, the show combines moody lyricism with outrageous humor from often the most mundane of places. Like a recipe for methamphetamine, it mixes the obscure with pop-culture aesthetics and tucks them all inside the strings of a decrepit piano.
In the end, THE AMBERKLAVIER is a confrontational piece that examines just how far someone is willing to go to deny responsibility for his or her actions. And unlike most frightening tales that may only startle and spook, THE AMBERKLAVIER will terrify you! You'll run and hide under your bed and you may never re-emerge...
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Info on the gore and shock of Grand Guignol theatre
Info on filmmaker Fritz Lang
Info about Methamphetamines
Information on "prepared" pianos
A recording of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major ("Hammerklavier") Op. 106
An article about She's Hideous at Washington University
THE AMBERKLAVIER runs two nights only, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Oct. 25-26, 2005, at 8:00 p.m. at the Art Loft Theatre, 1529 Washington. Tickets are $10 and available only at the door. SPECIAL WEB OFFER: Come dressed as David Bowie and get in for half price! New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.
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