Project: Broken Nails: a Marlene Dietrich Dialogue back to projects
Presented by La Mama E.T.C & the Polish Cultural Institute in New York

The play is a compelling study of womanhood, from all that is eternal and archetypal about women to their more ephemeral, fragile, and unsustainable personal qualities. The play is not so much about resurrecting Marlene Dietrich as showing the legendary star as she deals with her fading beauty and imminent death. It is inspired in part by the strange story of the thousands of objects--ranging from letters, poems, and photographs to feathers and half-smoked cigarettes--that were hoarded by the reclusive performer during her last thirteen years.

"LA MAMA is dedicated to the artist. Our interest has been in the people who make art, and it is to them that we give our support with free theater and rehearsal space, lights, sound, props, platforms, and whatever else we have that they can use to create their work. We want them to feel free to explore their ideas, and translate them into a theatrical language that can communicate to any person in any part of the world. La MaMa is the place where emerging artists learn from established artists and where artists from around the globe share work and ideas."

THE POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE IN NEW YORK is dedicated to nurturing and promoting cultural ties between the United States and Poland, both through American exposure to Poland's cultural achievements, and through exposure of Polish artists and scholars to American institutions, professional counterparts, and to currents in American culture.