The Burlesque Blitz: GUNPOWDER

a devised work-in-progress based on the lives of pioneering burlesque and vaudeville stars Lydia Thompson, Lillian Russell, and Kitty “Klondike Kate” Rockwell. Thrilling, savvy, and full of grit, these women took the young nation by storm and commanded respect, power, and autonomy in a time when the women's vote was illegal and showing a leg risked physical and moral attack. Using everything burlesque had to offer, including wit, parody, song, dance, cross-dressing, risque costumes, and sharp political satire, these early celebrities defined their own freedom when everything was designed to break or co...

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