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Posted: Sept. 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
THREE OAKS - Writer-performer Donna Blue Lachman's critically acclaimed "The Language of Birds: Rosa Luxemburg and Me" premiered in Chicago in 1994, has toured to the Rosa Luxemburg Theatre in Berlin, and now comes to The Acorn on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.
The play is a dual portrait of two women living a century apart: Rosa Luxemburg, a famous political activist in a German prison right before her assassination at the beginning of the 20th century, and an artist in her apartment in the 21st century. Their hopes and doubts about politics, love, human nature and the future of the earth reach across time and space.
Lachman has worked as a playwright, actor, director and teacher in Chicago for over 30 years. She was the founder and artistic director of the Blue Rider Theatre Company for 14 years where she wrote and performed nine one-woman plays, including "Frida: the Last Portrait" (a Fantasia based on the Life of Frida Kahlo), "The Thirst: A Solo Work for Jew and Clarinet" and "The Trouble With Peggy: Pieces of Guggenheim."
According to the Chicago Sun Times, "It is a rare actress who can truly sustain a solo career. By any reckoning, Donna Blue Lachman is a rare artist. And her wise, funny and exquisitely rendered show, 'The Language of Birds: Rosa Luxemburg and Me' is marked, as all of Lachman's work is, by a profound and abiding humanism."
Lachman has toured her plays all over the U.S. and abroad, receiving numerous awards for her work, including an Emmy Award for hosting "Free for All Chicago," a TV Show for the city of Chicago; two Joseph Jefferson Awards for best performance, several playwright fellowships, and awards from the Chicago Artist's International Program that allowed her to research and tour her productions to Venice, Italy; Berlin, Germany and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She performed an off-Broadway run of her one-woman show, "Dancing on the White
House Lawn" in 1994.
She has also received three playwright commissions from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Goethe Institut. Her teaching credits include the School of the Art Institute, master degree programs at Columbia College, and artist-in-residence for Gallery 37 for the Arts, and as dramatist-in-residence for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
Tickets to all performances are $25.
The Acorn Theater is located at 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, MI 49128. A full-service bar and other refreshments are available.
For tickets and information, call 269-756-3879 or log on to www.acorntheater.com.