Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth
written and directed by Kenneth Prestininzi
performed by Stephanie Burlington Daniels
February 22-23, 2013
The Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at the Paramount Center
559 Washington Street, Boston
Kenneth Prestininzi’s Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth (starring Stephanie Burlington Daniels) was featured as part of ArtsEmerson’s inaugural The Next Thing Festival.
Held together by good manners, intellectual rigor and a need to change how people think about a woman’s body, Mary Shelley-Breath (Stephanie Burlington Daniels) gives birth to a newly imagined feminist manifesto that appropriates Frankenstein, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, and bridal madness in the throes of late Capitalism.
Kenneth Prestininzi’s Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth is as much a crackpot lecture gone awry as it is a serious performance of one woman’s powerful need to name and tame the hungry id roaming unchecked inside us all.
“As portrayed by Stephanie Burlington Daniels, who delivers one of the more fearless performances in recent memory, Mary is a creation as singularly unnerving as the monster in “Frankenstein,’’ a paperback copy of which she lovingly cradles against her cheek.”
— Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe
Sleeping Weazel premiered Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth in September 2012 as part of its inaugural season opener, Women and Manners: are we done yet?
Photos: David Marshall