29th October - 16th November - GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION
We are very proud to present an evocative and witty international play, which explores the extraordinary relationship between American modernist author and poet Gertrude Stein and her lifelong partner Alice B. Toklas. This special production with stellar cast and director, will be presented at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square from the 29th October for a three-week season.
Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas rejected the conservative values of middle-class America in the early nineteen-hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other. Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets. They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.
It’s a rare treat to see two actors at the top of their respective games in a powerful and poignant two-hander tour de force! Both LYNITA CROFFORD and SHIRLEY JOHNSTON are superb in this wry yet tender piece detailing the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas. Directed by CHRIS WEARE, the play was also nominated for Best Ensemble production at the recent Fleur du Cap Award ceremony in Cape Town. LYNITA CROFFORD was also the recipient of the Best Actress Award for her role at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
'Beautifully calibrated performances that captivated in a story well told. Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston drew you into the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas with total conviction - the intimacy of the theatre enhancing the unfolding of their relationship. Full marks to Chris Weare for directing a complex script with a sensitive understatement that moved between pathos and humour so effortlessly' - BroadwayWorld.com
'Brilliant. Effortlessly portrayed. An immersive love story.' - TheDramaFactory.co.za
This award-winning play filled with humour and warmth, runs for 3 weeks and opens at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square from the 29 October.
Bookings are now open at Computicket (call 0861 915 800 or online www.computicket.com). Tickets can also be reserved by calling the theatre on 011 883-8606. There are group discounts for schools, corporates and special interest groups - and dinner show packages can be made by arrangement with some of the upmarket restaurants on the Nelson Mandela Square
Set on the upmarket Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square), the theatre certainly lives up to its fine reputation receiving many awards and nominations for theatrical excellence over the years. Seating 200 people, including space for wheelchairs, the Theatre stages performances from Tuesdays to Fridays, at 20:15, and on Saturdays at 18:00 and 20:15pm. Every now and then there are a few low-price previews prior to the official opening of each new show.
For convenience a bar and coffee bar is located in the theatres lower foyer where you can order your drink before the show so that it will be waiting for you at interval!
For more information or telephone bookings please contact the theatre directly or leave your details on the answering machine and the office staff will call you back to confirm.
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Theatre on the Square
Nelson Mandela Square
West Street, off Rivonia Road
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