3V Theatre presented its first full-length production – Mein Uncle, an absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity – written and directed by Co-Artistic Director Aliza Shane, May 29 – June 8 at The Robert Moss Theater, NYC.
Loosely based on the true story of Geli Raubal, niece to the most infamous villain in history, Mein Uncle is a love story, ruled by mystery, obsession and ultimately, madness. Mein Uncle is a tale of love gone terribly wrong, an absurdist look at the bizarre secret relationship that influenced the man behind the darkest event of the 20th century.
The production starred Emilie Bienne, Ashley Lovell, Amanda Marikar, Judy Molner, Eric Percival, Rachel Pfennigwerth, Jordan Tierney and Jennifer Lynn Tune.
Light design by Ryan Metzler, costume design by Matsy Stinson. Assistant director Laura Hirschberg; AD/SMs Heesuk Chae and Allanda “Al” Lattin.
ANGELA MARIA “GELI” RAUBAL (June 4, 1908 – September 18, 1931) was Adolf Hitler’s niece. Born in Linz, Austria-Hungary, she was the second child of Hitler’s half-sister, Angela Raubal. Hitler had a special place in his heart for Geli and kept a tight rein over her, restricting her activities and her contact with the outside world. It was rumored that they were lovers. On the morning of September 19, 1931, members of Hitler’s staff found Geli Raubal dead from a gunshot wound to the lung in her room in Hitler’s Munich apartment. The official cause of death was listed as suicide. Hermann Göring, a leading member of the Nazi Party, would later state at the Nuremberg trials that Geli’s death had devastated Hitler to such an extent that it changed his views and relationships with all other people.
Official Nazi photographer Heinrich Hoffmann said of Geli’s death: ”That was when the seeds of inhumanity began to grow inside Hitler.”
From playwright/director Aliza Shane: “My entire life I’ve lived with the history of the Holocaust and its devastating effects on the world, the Jews, and my own family. The idea of exploring Adolf Hitler and his relationships is not something I ever addressed. However, after learning about Geli Raubal, I became fascinated with her story; how her life, and death, affected this man, and changed his life, ultimately for the worse. The more I read, the more I realized that this is a story that needed to be told. This is not a story that ‘explains’ or excuses Hitler or his actions – rather, it’s a microscopic look at a relationship that may have been the last straw in a life already set on a path of destruction.”
This was the first show of its kind; the first show to attempt to explore the complex relationship between Hitler and Geli. A forgotten figure in history, Geli Raubal, and her death, may have been more important to history than we know.
EMILIE BIENNE (Eva/Erna) is thrilled to have to have the opportunity to be in the cast of Mein Uncle and the 3V Theatre’s first full production. As a world class performing artist (Actor Singer Dancer) – wielding dynamic ability and highly versatile sounds, Emilie Bienne is a commanding presence in any performance. With a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory spliced with deep musical and international performing experience, Emilie creates realities and controls her audience’s deepest emotions with ease. Around the world, from the Caribbean to Tokyo and back again to New York City, a full range of captivating experiences follow this elegant, talented artist. From a modest start as an acting intern at Looking Glass Theatre and a backup vocalist for Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution to starring in world class productions such as Disney’s Big Band Beat, Emilie has earned respect from fans and fellow performers around the world as a passionate artist and dedicated professional. After a year of performing in Japan she now resides in New York City where she is working on her own music while continuing to perform. emiliebienne.com
ASHLEY LOVELL (Eva/Erna) is an NYC native, all-around creative, and seeker of adventures of all kinds who dislikes speaking in the third person. I am fortunate enough to play / work / study with amazing colleagues / students / teachers, which is always great fun and, often enough, results in celebrated productions to boot. I recently met someone who has a life philosophy to make each day the best he’s yet had and I am incorporating that into my own, which is to en-joy / learn / create / share as much as I can make possible. Working with this group of artists makes it that much easier for all of these things to be and I am so honored and grateful that I am a part of this creation. ashleylovell.net
AMANDA MARIKAR (Geli) is a New York-based actress, writer, and singer. She was born and raised in Connecticut, and attended the same high school as her grandmother and Katharine Hepburn. She received her B.A. in English Literature, with a concentration in Theatre (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa Society) from Barnard College, Columbia University, and also studied at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. Amanda has trained at the Maggie Flanigan Studio, the British American Drama Academy, the Moscow Art Theatre, the Chautauqua Theater Company, and the People’s Improv Theater. Selected credits include: Cadence: Home (co-writer, NYC and Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL), At War: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq (Bleecker St. Theater), Everything’s Whispered (For Now) (co-creator, Culture Project), Quake (UK Premiere, Finborough Theatre), readings at MCC Theater, Rattlestick, terraNOVA, ESPA, and a number of short films. Amanda is a member of the TE’A Project theater company, and is a co-founding member of FRESH PRODUCE’d theater company. She fell in love with theater at an early age, staging productions of Cats with her stuffed animals, and making her debut as a waiter in Hello, Dolly! at age 8. She loves karaoke, turtles, and cooking. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has family on both sides of the globe. amandamarikar.com
JUDY MOLNER (Angela) just moved to NYC, from Rochester, NY, where she worked as an actor, director, acting coach and sign language interpreter. She also taught acting at Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport. Judy received her MFA at Trinity Rep Conservatory, now named the Brown/Trinity Consortium, in Providence, RI. Favorite roles she has played include, Hannah Pitt/Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America, Portia in Merchant of Venice, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Ella in Curse of the Starving Class. Judy is truly delighted to make her debut with 3V Theatre in Mein Uncle!
ERIC PERCIVAL (Uncle Alf) has performed on stages in NYC, London, and throughout the US and Europe. Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actor – Planet Connections, The Picture of Dorian Grey; Outstanding Lead Actor – MITF, Bubby’s Shadow; Outstanding Lead Actor Nomination – MITF, Hamlet Bound and Unbound. Off-Broadway: My Purple Wig (Lion, Theatre Row), Mr. Bengt’s Wife (Strindberg Rep). Regional/Off-Off: A Snowfall in Berlin (Nylon Fusion), Island (NY Shakespeare Exchange), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (T. Schreiber Studio). Training: LAMDA (London), TSS (NY). ericpercival.com
RACHEL PFENNIGWERTH (Eva/Erna) – First thing is first, thank you 3V for this wonderful opportunity! Aliza Shane, I love your imagination. Recent stage credits: Alladin, Genie of the Lamp; Wizard of Oz, Wicked Witch of the West; Sleeping Beauty, Coco Love (Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre); Julius Caesar, Casca (Secret Theatre). Recent film credits: Retribution, Ellie (Dan Wang); The Visitor, Kelly (Qianying “Joy” Zhou). Thanks to my family and my wonderful boyfriend for their never ending support. Represented by Andreadis Talent Agency. rachelpfennigwerth.weebly.com
JORDAN TIERNEY (Emil) – Going on six years working in New York, Jordan’s credits include Perry Stewart in The Royal Family, Mercutio in Ampersand: A Romeo and Juliet Story and Torvald Helmer in the revival of the 1982 flop, A Doll’s Life. Most recently he was featured in The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens at the Secret Theatre. JordanTierney.net
JENNIFER LYNN TUNE (Eva/Erna) – Originally from Europe, Jennifer Lynn Tune has been working professionally in the NYC theatre as well as the film & TV scene for the past three years. Recent credits span from appearing on National Geographic and The History Channel to dancing in Deborah Kampmeier’s newest independent feature film Split, performing in Incubator Art Project’s interactive play Take Me Home to singing in Verdi’s opera Aida with MORE Opera. Lynn has continued her education with the Pearl Theatre Company, as well as studying with Fiona Shaw, Jenny Mercein and Leqoc legend Norman Taylor. When not performing, Jennifer Lynn Tune teaches Hot Yoga around the city and recently traveled to Thailand to get certified in Thai Massage. Gratitude and love to Joel and my family, always. jenniferlynntune.com
LAURA HIRSCHBERG (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be assisting Aliza again, having worked with her in that capacity on Are You There, Zeus? It’s Me, Electra at Looking Glass Theatre and the Bleecker Street Theater. Laura is a proud core member of the 3V ensemble. She directed Aliza’s short play, Where Have All the Froggies Gone? for 3V last year and looks forward to much more wonderful work with the company in the future as a director, playwright and stage manager.
HEESUK CHAE (AD/SM) is excited to be part of the team for Mein Uncle. She is New York-based director/playwright. She is originally from South Korea. She moved to New York with passion in Theatre. She graduated from Hunter College with B.A. in Theatre. She wrote and directed Come Out (the Riant Theatre) and won the Best Director of a Play at 2012 Strawberry One-Act Festival. Her directing credits are Obsession (York Theatre) and A Month of Sundays (Midtown Madness Festival). Her production credits: Ordinary Days (Theatre Lapis), Degeneration X (Perf Productions), Spreading the News (the Unity Theatre), The Lane (Roy Arias Theatre), The Proverbial Loons (Castillo Theatre), Benito Cereno (Horizon Theatre Rep) and Spark (The Nightborn). She currently works for Astoria Performing Arts Center; The Allegro, The Cottage, Blood Brothers and Billy Witch.
ALLANDA “AL” LATTIN (AD/SM) is a dedicated and passionate theatre artist with a primary interest in directing. She is extremely thrilled to finally be in New York City (having come from the strange land of Montana) and honored to have been chosen by 3 Voices Theatre as the Assistant Director / Stage Manager of their brilliant show Mein Uncle as her first production in NYC. She has been a technical intern at The Dixon Place Theatre here in the city, as well as at The Depot Theatre upstate in Westport. Some of her favorite past productions include Bless This Mess (Director; Sacrifice Cliff Co.), Les Miserables (Performer; The Firehouse 5), and Romeo and Juliet (Stage Manager; Billings Studio Theatre). She would like to thank Aliza and Jenn and all of the 3V Theatre community for being so welcoming and fantastic!
RYAN METZLER (Light Design) – formerly Lighting Designer in Residence for Looking Glass Theatre and formerly the Resident Light Designer for the Planet Connections Festivity. Work in New York includes projects at Theatre Row, Altered Stages, the WorkShop, chashama, the Wings Theatre, Theatre 3, Second Stage and others. Ryan is proud to have lighted benefit productions for BC/EFA, the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, the Society for Ethical Culture, the PM3 Foundation and others.
MATSY STINSON (Costume Design) is so excited to be working with such a creative group! Past design credits include Penny The One of a Kind Piano (The Kennedy Center), Four Beckett Shorts (La MaMa ETC), Wilde Tales (Theatre for the New City), Hairspray (University of Delaware Thompson Theatre), Once On This Island (Schaeberle Studio), and others. Associate credits include The Mutilated (New Ohio Theatre). Thank you to Aliza and the cast for the support and talent!