The Last Burlesque took the Capital Fringe Festival by storm! We sold out the largest venue in the festival, garnered rave reviews, and inspired standing ovations!
Co-Artistic Director Karen Lange tells you why you should buy a ticket:
In 2012, Steve Spotswood came to Pinky Swear with an idea: A story about a burlesque house caught in the throes of a scandal wherein people were dying on stage. The next year, Steve joined our company and we dedicated part of our time to supporting the development of the show.
The Last Burlesque is a lush blend of theatre, burlesque, and variety acts set during the final days of a dying burly house.
Darcy spent her childhood roaming the backstage of Val and Vera’s Valley of Burlesque, Sideshow, and Assorted Mischief while her parents performed to the delight of sold-out houses. But after Val’s death, and a sudden estrangement from Vera, she’s spent her adulthood staying as far away as possible.
When she discovers the Valley is on the verge of bankruptcy, Darcy is drawn back to the place she used to call home. There she finds old friends with problems of their own, a new lover who insists on pushing Darcy’s boundaries, and a mother struggling not to let her down. But will she find what she’s really looking for?
Directed by Amber Jackson
Katrina Clark, Emma Hebert, Vanessa Bradchulis, Frank Britton, Jenna Berk, Matthew Pauli, Melissa Hmelnicky*, Reginald Richard, Natalie Piegari*
*Pinky Swear company member
All photos by Ryan Maxwell Photography