A gorgeous woman in a red dress sits upon the stage and sings to her mirrored reflection, "you are a beautiful fool." Consumed with preserving the perfection of her image, Sophia Dante (played by Michelle Jasso) has sacrificed all else. Her sin? Vanity. In the great lexicon of measurable sins and virtues, vanity is only a venal sin, a transgression of only earthly proportions with only human consequences. So do not fear, oh lovers of glittery eye shadow, vanity will not earn you a place in Hell. But lust could. As well as sloth, wrath and gluttony.
These Hell-worthy sins and the inevitable pleasure they provide are represented by the characters in the upcoming world premiere of "Seven Deadly Pleasures, A Cabaret Rock Opera." It is a story of human character and the tension between that which entices and that which destroys. Though few in our modern world risk excommunication, the consequences of disconnection due to excess still affect us all. Sophia, as a vain character, invites our condemnation but the show itself and the aching minor chords lilting through her song evokes our compassion. For beneath these red red lips and smooth skin lies a human being tormented by a fear of being loved only for her physical beauty.More »