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Alumni Reading: Darrah Cloud

Apr 1 2014 - 2:00pm

Makeover
book and lyrics by Darrah Cloud
music by Kim D. Sherman
directed by Nick Demos

V-J Day, 1945: as people celebrate in the streets, Ruth Levine, a young, working-class mother, learns of the death of her husband in the last days of WWII. With a vivid imagination and an undaunted sales technique, she re-invents her life and makes herself over into Ruthée LaVie, a fabulously successful cosmetics entrepreneur, and discovers who she really is. Freely inspired by the lives of Mary Kay and Estée Lauder, the story spans the era of Positive Thinking, from 1945 to 1970, a time when salesmen traveled the country chanting the mantras of Dale Carnegie in order to succeed in competitive post-War America, and most women stayed home. As Makeover tracks the life of Ruthée LaVie, it also tracks the history of popular music and the Women’s Movement. The opening number is a Boogie-Woogie celebration that soon morphs into Jazz, Swing, Doo-Wop and Rock-n-Roll. The changing styles identify the passage of time, and the fast-paced narrative is inspired by the lavish stage shows used by companies to encourage their reps to great heights in Direct Sales.

Open Reading--please call (212) 757-6960 for reservations.

Event Details
  • Location
    424 West 44th Street, New York, NY
  • Open to the Public
 
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