Waking Beauty by Alexandra Ares

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An original, dark, funny three act play, with a strong female lead, blending the European and American culture and angst. A modern tragedy, a social vaudeville, and indirect a political play with an absurd and neo-feminist touch, coming from the tradition of Bertold Brecht’s Three Penny Opera, Wendy Wasserstein’s Heidi Chronicles and David Hare’s Amy’s View.

Bonus Feature: The two character short play THE PARK.


The play is the tale of Onda, the study of a young girl’s quest for the right man and her own truth, and the changing aspirations and power of women in the last 20 years. The play begins right after the fall of communism and ends 15 years later in New York, tracking Onda’s life in three acts, every seven years, from 1990 to 1997 to 2005. The author makes a parallel study of the ‘moment zero’ in the life of a young woman and that of a brand new post-communist society, and all the trouble that follows.

The play revolves around the dynamic between Onda and her changing choices as a woman: innocence (in the first act), lust and sin (in the second act), redemption and staying true to herself regardless of what that my cost (in the third act.) The plot is driven by Onda’s love choices and her relationship with Paul, her conventional rich husband, Keev, her eccentric lover, Jack, her best friend, and Sam, her alter ego in New York. The play also explores the power, traps, and limits of Beauty, that we all love, crave and are ready to kill for.

About Alexandra Ares

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ALEXANDRA ARES, editor of MANHATTAN CHRONICLES, is also the author of Dream Junkies, and The Other Girl, the best indie novella of 2012. She lives in New York City, on the Upper East Side. You can learn more and contact her on Fecebook, Twitter and on www.AlexandraAres.com
Published April 29, 2011 by Smart Media New York. 87 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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