THE MISTRESS CYCLE
Book and Lyrics – Beth Blatt
Music – Jenny Giering
Tess, a photographer living in New York, is made an offer by a wealthy, older man to keep her as his mistress. As she weighs this proposition, “other women” from different cultures and eras come to share their stories: a 14-year-old concubine from 12th century China; Diane de Poitiers, the royal mistress of Henri II in 15th century France; Lulu White, bordello madame in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans; and Anais Nin, famous diarist and infamous sexual adventuress.
By show’s end, Tess has observed, then tried on their lives – and made up her mind what to do.
Some of the best actresses on Broadway (and in TV and film) have been in the show, including:
Rebecca Luker (Tony winner)
Julia Murney (Tony winner)
Sara Ramirez (Tony winner, Grey’s Anatomy)
NYMF – New York City. Director’s Choice Award.
Apple Tree Theatre – Chicago. Two Jefferson Award nominations.
Auditorium Theatre – Chicago.
London – Page to Stage Festival, Aria Entertainment
Washington DC area – Creative Cauldron
Are You Me and Gallery Samba – Prospect Theatre/Julia Murney
Montage – Chicago Production
Death by 1000 Cuts – Minnesota Fringe
Papa – Shoshanna Richman, the Duplex (NYC)
Poor Girls – Sierra Naomi Nibbe
Divine – Chicago College of Performing Arts