A Story Turned Rock Opera: Excerpt from “Fake Books” by Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher
by Anca Szilagyi
Our next event, Lisa Nicholas-Ritscher’s story-turned-rock opera “Fake Books” is in just one week! Join us on May 14 at 7 pm, live at Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 E. Union Street, or online at hollowearthradio.org. Lisa’s bringing her klezmer troupe–get ready for tubas!
Here is a taste of what you’re in for:
Abstract: The anatomy of the Three Selves in the boom-and-bust town of Leavenworth, WA.
Background: “Everyone has three selves: the public self, the private self, and the secret self. “ —Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Results: The folk of the failing town pulled off an amazing feat of reinvention and risk; they restyled their entire, northwestern backwater town after a village in Bavaria. As the new facades, frontages, porticoes, and Mai pole were erected; a new public self was also constructed: a persona, a version of the town meant for outsiders to view. It was a literal decision for two-facedness. Relative to the outside world, Leavenworth became a town that requires an audience.
Conclusion: In America’s Bavarian Village, one must don a costume, a dirndl or lederhosen, to work the tourist crowds. The secret life hides behind an extra layer of fake.