April 6, 1994
PREMIERE: The Kitchen, NYC

Written & Directed by Frederick Neumann
Music by Al Kryszak
Choreography by David Neumann

“In “Real to Reel,” in which Ms. Maleczech appears memorably, Mr. Neumann offers a distaff version of the same genre: the female prison movies popular in the 1950’s.

The play alternates between projected film sequences, in which a director (Mr. Neumann) meditates on the script of his new movie while driving to the set, and scenes using live performers who portray three actresses and a production crew awaiting the arrival of the director.

The actresses — wonderfully played with gritty, B-movie glamour by Ms. Maleczech, Diane Grotke and Judith Elkan — have identical red hair, pale skin and black prison uniforms and represent three generations of women. …the play has an unsettling visual power.”
—Ben Brantley, NY Times


Set, Lighting and Video: Paul Clay
Film Director: Tony Gerber
Film Producer: Melissa Powell
Costumes: Gabriel Berry
Sound: Christopher Todd


Ruth Maleczech
Diane Grotke
Judith Elkan
Cradeaux Alexander
Terry O’Reilly
Joyce Nielsen


Arizona State University West, Phoenix, AZ (Dec 10-11, 1993)
The Kitchen, NYC (April 6-24, 1994)
Duke University, Durham, NC (Sept. 23, 1994)