Press Release: The Ladies of the Camellias
MEDIA ALERT FOR THEATRE EDITORS AND REVIEWERS
AND CALENDAR LISTINGS
THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY WINNER OF BACK-TO-BACK OVATION AWARDS
FOR BEST PLAY OF THE YEAR PRESENTS
THE SECOND PLAY OF THEIR 2004 - 2005 SEASON...
THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS
Written and directed by Lillian Groag
Limited engagement opens Saturday, August 21st at the Colony Theatre in Burbank!
1897 - Paris - DUSE! BERNHARDT!
Legends, One Theater...Let the
July 19, 2004...Burbank, CA...The Colony Theatre Company, winner of back-to-back Ovation Awards for best play - presents the second production of their 2004 - 2005 season, the world premiere of a newly revised production of THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS written and directed by Lillian Groag.. THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS will preview August 18th, August 19th and August 20th and will open on Saturday, August 21st and continue through Sunday, September 19th at the Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) in the heart of the Burbank Media Center. THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS transports us to 1897, France. Dangerous riots and political unrest are brewing outside a major Paris theatre. But let's never mind that! On the inside, two of the greatest rivals in the history of the stage - Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse - are girding for their perceptive, quick-witted and legendary encounter. What happens when the realities of poverty and injustice invade the make-believe world of footlights and grease paint? What does art say in the face of violence? And who gets to laugh last? THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS is a smart, funny love letter to the theatre; a witty and incisive play about the enduring power of art amidst a titanic clash of wills and the unstoppable forces of history.
Barbara Beckley, Producing Director of the Colony Theatre
comments, "Eleanora Duse, Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Groag - all at the
Colony. I may as well just die and go to heaven right now! With an
extraordinary cast and a design team that is pure perfection, our
subscribers and audiences are going to enjoy this play as a remarkably
wonderful entertainment but will walk out of the theatre with so much
to think about. And to me, that is the great joy of producing art...to
entertain and to have one leave the play thinking, feeling and wanting
to know or do more."
She is an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theatre. The Ladies of
the Camellias, Blood Wedding (commissioned by and produced at the
Guthrie Theater and Missouri Repertory Theatre) and The White Rose (at
the moment on National Tour in Germany) have been published by the
Dramatists Play Service. Upcoming: La Fanciulla del West at New York
City Opera, "Lucie de Lammermoor" at Glimmerglass Opera, "L'Enfant et
les Sortilèges" and "L'Enfant Prodigue" at Juilliard, Turandot
and Tristan und Isolde at Virginia Opera.
THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS
has assembled an award-winning design team. The set design is by Tom Buderwitz (TOYS IN THE ATTIC).
The costume design is by A. Jeffrey Schoenberg (SIDE SHOW).
The sound design is by Jeff Folschinsky. The lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick (TOYS IN THE
In partnership with the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service, The Colony now offers Audio Description for one performance during each production. The service provides a rich description of the show giving our visually impaired patrons the full Colony experience. Audio Description will be available on Saturday, September 4th at 3:00pm. To make a reservation for this performance, call the box office and ask for Audio Description Saturday.
For more information or for press comps, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818/508-1754 or at ELZERD@aol.com.
The Colony Theatre Company is a 29
year old organization dedicated to bringing the finest quality
theatrical productions to Los Angeles. The theatre is located at 555
North Third Street, at the corner of Cypress, in the heart of the
Burbank Media Center. For further information, call (818) 558-7000. Fax
number: (818) 558-7110. E-mail: email@example.com. Or
visit our website at www.colonytheatre.ORG.