Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play
Created by Tymisha Harris, Michael Marinaccio, and Tod Kimbro — josephinetheplay.com | Produced by Dynamite Lunchbox Entertainment | Origin: Orlando, USA
“Tymisha Harris’ performance is a tour de force.”
★★★★★, Staff Pick –CBC
“It’s a perfect piece of theatre for the time we are currently in”
★★★★★ -Plays To See NYC
”If there’s a truly must-see show…it’s Josephine”
★★★★★ – Winnipeg Free Press
“Probably the closest to an evening with Josephine Baker as one will ever experience.” -Stagebiz NYC
JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century. The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity. Josephine shatters stereotypes of race, gender roles and sexuality in this intimate, charming and haunting cabaret with a twist.
Born in St. Louis in 1906, Josephine Baker achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to France in the early 20’s. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” existed in the lexicon. Her adopted country of France gave her the opportunity to live freely without the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.
Dynamite Lunchbox Productions of Orlando presents JOSEPHINE, a burlesque cabaret dream play for the first time in Ottawa, Ontario.
After debuting at the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival and winning the distinctions of “Outstanding Solo Performance” and “Best Show”, Josephine played three sold out runs to rave reviews in hometown Orlando Florida before starting a 2017 North American tour. The first stop was the second largest Fringe Festival in North America, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was touted as the “breakout hit” of the Festival, selling out the entire run and receiving 5-star reviews from both major publications. The show then went to Indianapolis Fringe where it won “Best National Production”, “Outstanding Female Performance”, “Audience Choice” and “Festival Top Seller”. From there, the show was selected by The Soho Playhouse in New York City to be part of the 2017 Fringe Encore series in October, 2017. Josephine was then awarded the honor of the encore series “Outstanding Production” award, and in early 2018 was offered a one-month off-Broadway run Soho Playhouse, where it sold out shows and received high critical acclaim.