My Sister is a two woman show written by Janet Schlapkohl, that explores perceptions of disability played against the backdrop of history, specifically 1934 Berlin. The play moves between an apartment and a Cabaret, between performance and illness, conformity and self-expression. In the extreme we can see how culture influences how we see ourselves and how we see those we love. At heart the play is a story of twin sisters fighting to live their dreams as the world attempts to tear them apart. We just finished our run at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and are looking to perform throughout venues across the US!
All Theatres have this smell, ja? Fear, exhilaration, exhaustion, sweat. We loved it, my sister and I. I am a Schwillinge. German for twin. Identical in our case. The surname of our family was Schweinefuss. It translates, Schwein: Pig, Fuss: feet. A joke, ja? Okay, not a good one. For stage we used the name, Weiss. I talk with you a little so you can understand how it was then. Ja? Within a nightmare began our dreams.
-(excerpt from My Sister by Janet Schlapkohl)