The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death
of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World
By Shaun Prendergast
Directed by Joshua Ellison
Sound & Music by Maxwell Shults
Performed in total darkness!
Sept 26 – Oct 20 @ Berger Park Coach House
6205 N Sheridan Rd (near Granville Red Line)
Thurs – Sun @ 8pm
$15 General Admission
Preview – Thurs, Sept 26; all tickets $10
Industry Night – Wed, Oct 9; all tickets $12
In life, Julia Pastrana was afflicted with hypertrichosis, a rare genetic condition that causes hair to grow over the entire body. She joined the ranks of her abusive husband’s freak show, becoming famous throughout the world as the ‘Ape Woman.’ In death, people realized she was so much more than that—a Mexican woman who spoke three languages; an exceptional dancer who yearned to be a mother. Shaun Prendergast’s Midwestern premiere explores both sides of her story in a surreal, fractured fashion similar to The Elephant Man. Performed in total darkness, The True History… challenges audiences to build their own perception of Pastrana, and imagine the horror of her experience themselves.
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