Academic journal article Tamara : Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science

What Is TAMARA Play?

Academic journal article Tamara : Journal of Critical Postmodern Organization Science

What Is TAMARA Play?

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In TAMARA, Los Angeles' longest-running play, a dozen characters unfold their stories before a walking, sometimes running, audience. The spectators are expected to choose which characters to follow from room to room. The play was written by John Krizanc and first performed in Canada in 1981. Tamara enacts a true story taken from the diary of Aelis Mazoyer. It is Italy, January 10, 1927, in the era of Mussolini. Gabriele d'Annunzio, an Italian poet, cocaine addict, patriot, womanizer, and revolutionary who is exceedingly popular with the people, is under virtual house arrest. Tamara de Lempicka, an expatriate Polish beauty, aristocrat, and aspiring artist, is summoned from Paris to paint d'Annunzio's portrait. Instead of remaining stationary, viewing a single stage, the audience fragments into small groups that chase characters from one room to the next, from one floor to the next, even going into bedrooms, kitchens, and other chambers to chase and co-create the stories that interest them the most. If there are a dozen stages and a dozen storytellers, the number of story lines an audience could trace as it chases the wandering discourses of Tamara is 12 factorial (479,001,600). Each character in Krizanc's play changes their mask from scene to scene, making it more impossible to make sense. And the spectators become "informers" and "spies" and therefore part of the multiple pathway stories networked across the interconnected stages of this play. …

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