ABC No Rio
155 Rivington
New York, NY 10002

8pm Thursday, July 15
8pm Friday July 16



Surreal Estate
15 Thames Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

8pm Thursday, July 22nd
8pm Friday, July 23rd
8pm Saturday, July 24th
3pm Sunday, July 25th
8pm Thursday, July 29th
8pm Friday, July 20th
8pm Saturday, July 31st
3pm Sunday. August 1st


The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel or How to Get Rid of The Feminism Once and For All is an experimental, documentary opera following Helene Weigel, Bertolt Brecht’s wife and “the greatest actress who ever lived” as she snaps the neck of a wild swan, escapes robbery by door-to-door linoleum salesmen, and makes covert visits in her dreams to the nunnery cell of Héloïse d’ Argenteuil, the 12th Century philosopher best known in light of her lover Abelard’s castration. Helene is also haunted by Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, the self-proclaimed “worst woman in the world” (also played by Andrea Suarez). Using these women as detailed examples of female constructions of self, PPL asks; is it true that women conceive themselves as a pattern of interconnections? Is “construction of self” a concept constructed by a male-centric philosophy of being? How have women felt about being women? Is one woman representative of every woman?

Text/Direction: Esther Neff
Music/Music Direction: Brian McCorkle
Assistant Director: Alex Bisker
Costume Design: Lena Sands
Set Design: Liz Jenetopulos

Starring: (in order of appearance)
Tom Swirly
Andrea Suarez
Loren Barnese
Kate Garfield
Jessica Bathurst
Katie Johnston
Matthew Gonzalez
Matthew Stephen Smith