CALL ME TANIA: The Unauthorized Occupation of Patty Hearst (an alternative identity musical)

CALL ME TANIA interprets the real-life story surrounding the 1974 political kidnapping of a 19-year-old media heiress by a ragtag militant group. After being held captive in a closet for 59 days, she emerges declaring her new identity as Tania and her “choice” to join her kidnappers' mission to overthrow the US government.

Driven by a strong and complex female protagonist, and anchored in...
CALL ME TANIA interprets the real-life story surrounding the 1974 political kidnapping of a 19-year-old media heiress by a ragtag militant group. After being held captive in a closet for 59 days, she emerges declaring her new identity as Tania and her “choice” to join her kidnappers' mission to overthrow the US government.

Driven by a strong and complex female protagonist, and anchored in the themes of identity and competing versions of reality, CALL ME TANIA takes on today’s social and political issues of race and class while illuminating new perspectives into the psychology of trauma and survivorship.

The script’s moral conflicts and political contradictions provide a fresh lens for examining the challenges currently facing the public and policymakers, including the psychological pressure put upon citizens to vote against their own self-interests.

The script’s moral conflicts and political contradictions are exceptionally relevant to today’s audiences – perhaps even-more-so after our recent national election. For example, the story openly confronts:

– how our identities are shaped, far beyond our expectations, by coercive social pressures including the media;

– how our personal and political allegiances can shift against our own best interests;

– how all conflicts – personal and political – are battles of competing narratives (i.e., competing versions of reality).

Ultimately, CALL ME TANIA is an uplifting story of survival, self-discovery and self-determination, as its historic central figure triumphantly overcomes seemingly impossible internal and external obstacles.

Here is a link to the project’s website where you can hear SONG DEMOS – read a scene-by-scene bullet point synopsis – and find out more about the author and the project: http://www.dolivio.com/

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CALL ME TANIA: The Unauthorized Occupation of Patty Hearst (an alternative identity musical)

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Developmental workshop, The Marsh Theater, San Francisco, CA
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    2017
  • Reading
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    Full Staged Reading - Nancy Hayes Studio, San Francisco, CA (Community-based Theater Development Program)
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    2016
  • Workshop
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    Musical Café “The SF Bay Area Musical Theatre Development Program” Piano Fight Theater, San Francisco, CA
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    2016
  • Commission
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    5D Media Lab
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    2015