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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
Who should play you in the movie of your life? Meryl Streep wouldn’t be too shabby. If you have as many names as did Danish author Isak Dinesen (pictured)—aka Karen Christentze Blixen, aka Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke, aka Tanne Dinesen—you would need an Oscar-worthy actress to learn the line “My name is….” The beloved expat export gained her fame in America as the author of the international bestseller Out of Africa. The Oscar-winning 1985 film adaptation starred Streep as Blixen, who moved to Africa in 1914 to manage a Kenyan coffee plantation with her Swedish husband/cousin, Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke. After the baron got out of Africa and out of their marriage, Blixen stayed on the continent for 10 more years before returning to Denmark at 46 to begin her writing career under nome de plume Isak Dinesen. What playwright could dramatize the life of the woman who penned “Who tells a finer tale than any of us? Silence does”? Not exactly silent herself, Blixen couldn’t have asked for finer bio-dramatists than the renowned collaborators of Karen Blixen’s Lost Tale: Dane Suzanne Brogger, one of Scandinavia’s most controversial authors, and Judith Thurman, Dinesen’s National Book Award-winning biographer. Even before its Copenhagen premiere next month, the play, commissioned by Scena Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert McNamara, is already being hyped by the Danish media. See it in workshop before it’s out of America, or—who knows?—out on film. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Chapters, 1512 K St. NW, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $12. (703) 684-7990. (Amanda Fazzone)