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THE PLAY

Isabelle Stoffel in the ShowThe play

The Surrender is the story about a woman’s unusual, eccentric — and very politically incorrect — sexual pilgrimage. Based on Toni Bentley’s daring and controversial memoir, The Surrender, An Erotic Memoir (Ecco/HarperCollins) this one-woman play is adapted and performed by Swiss-German actress Isabelle Stoffel under the direction of award-winning Spanish film director Sigfrid Monleón. The play’s heroine is a classical ballerina who has learned that the ritual of theater and its disciplines can provide the route to transcendence. When she is initiated by a stranger into the ultimate sexual submission she learns how to surrender like never before and she discovers the joy — and the pain — on the other side of convention. The Surrender is the witty, profound and true story of one woman’s sexual obsession, with its risks, absurdities, and loss.

Following a twice-extended run of sold-out shows in the alternative theater scene of Madrid, The Surrender (La rendición) was presented in a production by Spanish National Theater (Centro Dramático Nacional) at the historic Teatro María Guerrero in Madrid, playing in alongside Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Yerma.” It has since toured Spain and has upcoming one-month seasons in both Buenos Aires (October 2013) and Barcelona (November-December 2013).

The Surrender had its English-language world premiere, starring Isabelle Stoffel, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013.