One of the most difficult tasks facing an actor is a one-man or one-woman show, but it is a prospect which does not daunt actress Maria Roxane, who once passed an audition which involved being chased up a tree with a live bear! Maria will be appearing in a one-woman show, Jennifer, The Seven Ages of Women, at the Teatre Sa Nau on March 17. And she will be performing it not once but three times on the same night, in three different languages, Majorcan, English and German. Quite a tour de force. Maria was born in Wolfsburg, Germany, and founded and directed a women's group WIR in 1991. She played the lead in a musical in Braunschwieg for a year in 1992, and it was there that she met director and producer John Murdoch, the author of Jennifer... She toured Germany in his works Poison for Piece, and Dianadora and Bernd, a satire on the reunification of Germany, and moved to Majorca in 1997. Here, in addition to learning Majorcan, she has worked on the German television programme Mallorca Fernsehen, and has also appeared on German TV productions such as Denninger and Vier Plus Zwei. John Murdoch was born in Girvan, Scotland, and at the age of 18 followed the path of many teenagers, hiking around Asia for two years. This led to many varied experiences: teaching English in Afghanistan, tourist guide in Nepal, and an accountant on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. After that it was off to university in Australia, where he gained a BA with First Class Honours, an MA and Doctorate in history. He has written biographies of several Australians. He has lived in Germany since 1973. A versatile author, he has written libretti for operas, winning prizes in Liverpool and London, poetry (he won the Evelyn Prize for Romantic Poetry in 1998 for Thoughts of You), and plays, which have been performed throughout Germany. He first met Maria Roxane at an audition for a musical which involved wild animals. Most of the actresses turned tail and fled when they saw their “co-stars” but Maria wasn't the least bit phased and got the part. Jennifer is their first collaboration in a one-actress play. It is the story of the decisions taken by Jennifer at seven critical points in her life from 15 to 75, each of which direct and dominate her subsequent and far from enviable existence. The Teatro Sa Nau is in Calle Dr Andres Feliu 23, close to the S'Escorxador cultural centre. The performances will be on March 17, in Majorcan at 6pm, English at 7.30pm and German at 9pm. Each performance lasts about an hour. Admission is 1'500 pesetas (1'000 pesetas for students and pensioners), and seats may be booked at 971 201408.


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