November 19 — December 13, 2020
Tenth Avenue Arts at 930 Tenth Avenue. Where the 163 turns into Tenth Avenue.
Directed by Francis Gercke
Based upon Christopher Isherwood’s darkly comic and poignant 1935 novel Goodbye to Berlin and adapted for the stage in 1951 by John Van Druten, I Am A Camera is the original story of Sally Bowles and the inspiration for the legendary 1966 musical Cabaret by Kander & Ebb and the 1972 film starring Liza Minelli and Joel Grey.
The play takes place in Berlin, Germany in the year 1931 — a charming city of avenues and cafes, a fantastic city of first-rate dreamers and frolicking night-people, a dangerous city of vice and intrigue, a powerful city of millionaires and mobs, the period when shadow of the Third Reich was beginning to darken the landscape and the lives of the German people.
In 1957, I Am A Camera received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play.