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Burning Brothels: Sex and Death in Nevada

Katherine Glover, Minneapolis, MN

Posted: 07/7/2011 9:26 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/14/2011 2:33 PM | Updates

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Red River College (Venue 11), to July 23

Part history lesson, part creative non-fiction and part storytelling, this one-woman show from a Minnesota journalist is a frank and fascinating look at the world’s oldest profession.

It goes back and forth in time (starting in 1867) to recount the history of legalized prostitution in Nevada. Along the way we meet a cast of colourful, real-life characters — a prostitute-turned-beauty queen/political activist, a mobster pimp with a heart of gold — and hear true tales of arson, murder and corruption.

Katherine Glover, who spent three years digging into archives, attending conferences and interviewing sex workers, humanizes her subjects but never tries to hammer the audience with a hackneyed message from either side of the divide.

For the first half of the hour, Glover serves as both narrator and subject, using simple costumes and props to bring the characters to life. Developing their stories even more would make it a performance piece with real heart.

— Carolin Vesely

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Warning: These stories are not about sex. They're about arson, murder, bribery, corruption and greed. Well, okay, and maybe a little bit of sex.

A solo show about the only US state with legal prostitution.

"Her engaging stories will keep you hooked" - See Magazine "Best of the Fringe" - L'etoile

http://www.katherineglover.net/

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,

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Updated on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM CDT: Adds review

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