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.

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