Tatjana in Color by Julia Jordan

"I have begun to believe that maybe the whole world is really in my head and I can do anything I want with it. Everything I see, touch, paint, smell, taste. Not real at all. My bigger imagination. Everything and all of you. Mine."

Remember when we got so excited about oranges in One Flea Spare? It will only continue with Julia Jordan's historically revisionist Tatjana in Color. In real life, painter Egon Schiele was accused of molesting a young girl in 1912. This play builds on that fact and explores their relationship. No no - Egon's no pedophile, and Jordan has constructed a magical world through which we follow Tatjana as she welcomes all the hills and valleys of puberty with candor and aplomb.

Tatjana rejects the company of her younger sister to impose upon the lush, artistic world of Egon and his mistress, but her father and her society disapprove. So much so, in fact, that Egon is put on trial. As Tatjana fights for her vibrant oasis of color and sensuality, one can't help but wonder how pleasant that transition from child to adult might be were we encouraged to celebrate our changing bodies and bask in our newfound impulses and desires.

Characters: 2M, 1W, 2 girls (with doubling, and as this is not a particularly realistic play, let's not feel wedded to that breakdown)
Scenes/Monologues: Several monologues for Tatjana and her younger sister. Many adult/child scenes.

Recommended by: Jesica


Also by Julia Jordan:
The Smoking Lesson (found in Leading Women: Plays for Actresses Volume II)
Boy
St. Scarlet