Alive Theatre Presents Orson's Shadow 1/20-22, 1/27-29


Alive Theatre is set to present Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton, directed by Ricci Dedola, the first in the 2012 Collaborative series at the Long Beach Playhouse's Studio Theatre.

Alive Theatre presents an ingenious tale of two Hollywood Giants – Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier. The time is 1960; the place is a West End theatre. Legendary critic Kenneth Tynan has made a startling proposal: Welles should direct Olivier and the young Joan Plowright in Rhinoceros, Ionesco’s absurdist masterpiece. But it is the rehearsal process that brims with absurdity as titanic personalities, including Viven Leigh, wrestle the muse in this witty and incisive depiction of the drama of theatre.

Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton is an elevating, smartly entertaining glimpse at the extraordinary foibles of extraordinary men. It is a juicy portrait of a moment in the lives of Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles, among many others, each feeling enormous pressure to reinvent himself, to prove to press and public that he’s still got "it."

Robert Edward as Orson Welles, Timothy Thorn as Laurence Olivier, Jonathan David Lewis as Kenneth Tynan, Ashley Allen as Joan Plowright, Cassie Yeager Burke as Vivian Leigh and Joseph Howells as Sean.

January 20-22, 27-29
February 3-5
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm

@ The Long Beach Playhouse
Studio Theatre
5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804

$20 General / $15 Students and Seniors
$10 groups of 10 or more
E-mail for group reservations!

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