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Salomé, Tragedy of the Femme Fatale

Maryam S. Holleman as Salomé.

Salomé, Tragedy of the Femme Fatale delves into the depths of feminine mystique and human desire, offering a poignant exploration of sacrifice, ambition, and the relentless pursuit of identity. Written and performed by Maryam S. Holleman, this one-woman show breathes new life into Oscar Wilde's timeless narrative, infusing it with raw emotion and haunting vulnerability.

At its core, Salomé, Tragedy of the Femme Fatale is a story of sensuality and brutality, desire and destruction. Holleman masterfully navigates the complexities of Salomé, peeling back the layers of her psyche to reveal the inner turmoil and unspoken motivations that drive her toward her tragic fate.

Holleman breathes humanity into this character, offering a fresh perspective on this iconic figure. The strength of Holleman's portrayal lies in her ability to capture the essence of Salomé's duality. She embodies the seductive allure and the haunting vulnerability of the femme fatale. Holleman's performance offers emotional intensity, holding the audience captive from start to finish. Holleman's writing also shines as she masterfully intertwines Wilde's text with her unique interpretation.

Salomé, Tragedy of the Femme Fatale is more than just a retelling of a classic tale—it is a deeply personal exploration of what it means to be human, to long for something more, and to ultimately confront the demons that lie within us all.

"Salomé, Tragedy of the Femme Fatale"

Written and Performed by Maryam S. Holleman

March 7, 2024

The 16th United Solo Festival

March 4 – April 28, 2024

Theatre Row

410 West 42nd (btw 9th and 10th Avenue)


Yani Perez, M.F.A, is a poet, playwright, translator, and educator. Her plays have been presented in various theaters in the United States such as La Mama and Yale University as well as internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. She works at IATI Theater, one of the oldest Latinx theaters in NYC. She is currently working on translations of Latinx artists in hopes of introducing them to English-speaking audiences.


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