Amazons and Their Men

The Frau used to make beautiful films for a fascist government. Now she’s trying to make a film that is simply beautiful. But it becomes increasingly difficult for her to ignore the real war off camera in favor of the glamorous war on her sound stage. Unfolding like scraps of film recovered from the cutting room floor, Amazons and Their Men considers the responsibility of artists during wartime.

Cast Requirements

2 men
2 women


OBIE Award for Performance (2008).
Weissberger Award finalist.


“The life of Leni Riefenstahl... has been examined and critiqued aplenty, but rarely so entertainingly as in Amazons and Their Men, a brash play by Jordan Harrison.”
—New York Times

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“In a dramatic masterstroke, the playwright imagines Riefenstahl’s film as it could have been."
—New York Press

Production and Development History

Premiere: Clubbed Thumb (2008).

Readings and workshops: Ars Nova, Geva Theatre; Perishable Theatre; PlayLabs at The Playwrights’ Center.