Alive Theatre proudly presents Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton, directed by Ricci Dedola, the first in their 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."
ORSON'S SHADOW features 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.
The show runs from January 20-February 5 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Performances takes place at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre (5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804)
Tickets are $20 General, $15 Students, and Seniors $10 groups of 10 or more. Visit www.lbplayhouse.org or call 562-494-1014 for more info, tickets and specials!
For more information, look up the Alive Theatre Team: www.alivetheatre.org