Tonight, December 2, Rubicon Theatre Company will present a benefit performance of Love, Loss, and What I Wore with a star-studded cast of women including Emmy and Tony-winner Tyne Daly, Amy Peitz and Amanda McBroom.
Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, Love, Loss, and What I Wore was written by the late Nora Ephron, beloved screenwriter and novelist, and her sister, writer and producer Delia Ephron. Simply staged and modest in nature, this entertaining show has become a phenomenon with women everywhere. Told through a series of vignettes, Love, Loss and What I Wore looks at the important relationships, events and issues in our lives – mother-daughter relationships, first dates, proms, weddings, feelings about our bodies, health, etc. viewed through the prism of clothing. The New York Times described the show as “breezy and enjoyable,” a story about “matters of the heart and matters of the closet.”
Rubicon's production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore is directed by Rubicon Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan, a childhood and lifelong friend of the Ephron sisters. Jenny has directed more than a dozen productions at Rubicon (including The Rainmaker, Steel Magnolias, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Hamlet). Jenny’s extensive credits also include six seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Off-Broadway and Pasadena Playhouse. Jenny directed the West Coast premiere of Love, Loss, and What I Wore to critical acclaim at the Geffen in Los Angeles with a rotating cast that featured actresses Rita Wilson, Rhea Perlman and Tyne Daly. In addition to Tyne Daly, Amanda McBroom and Amy Pietz, Rubicon’s production will feature two other soon-to-be-announced celebrity actresses.
Proceeds from Love, Loss, and What I Wore will provide seed funding for the Micheline Sakharoff Fund for Women Artists, a newly established fund to support the work of women directors, designers, actors and musicians at Rubicon. Micheline will be honored at the performance kicking off the campaign drive which will begin tonight, December 2 and end in late spring at Rubicon’s 15th Anniversary Gala on April 6, 2013 during which Ms. Sakharoff’s 90th birthday will also be celebrated.
In addition to the performance of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, all audience members are invited to attend a pre-show champagne reception at 12:00 noon in Rubicon’s Laby Hall, with live music by concert pianist Miriam Arichea. Attendees may purchase raffle tickets or participate in a silent auction which will include clothing and apparel from designer boutiques, accessory stores and department stores.
Micheline Sakharoff is a long-time donor and supporter of Rubicon and a member of the Rubicon Board of Directors. She has been a Season Sponsor of Rubicon for 11 years and has also supported a number of specific productions, including the upcoming Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson, and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Micheline championed and helped program Rubicon’s BeckettFest, during which the entire Beckett canon was presented on stage or film throughout Downtown Ventura over a six-week period, along with workshops and seminars.
Born in Paris, France, Micheline studied at the Sorbonne before moving to America to marry Albert Sakharoff, a decorated war veteran whom she met the day after the liberation of France. The couple moved to California, first to the Los Angeles area and then to Ventura. Micheline completed her graduate studies at UCLA and was a professor of literature and French language at California State University Northridge for 25 years before retirement.