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Monday, June 23, 2008

Gertrude Stein and a Companion

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To Do Productions brings Gertrude Stein and a Companion to the Marigny Theatre beginning with a special preview on Thursday, June 26. Win Wells’ play is a touching and poingnant portrait of Gertrude Stein, the Lost Generation writer, and her companion Alice B. Toklas. Stein was an American who spent most of her life in France and counted Ernest Hemingway as well as avant garde artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse among her circle of friends. Her Saturday night salons gained acclaim as a meeting place for intellectuals and artists. The play begins at the time of Stein's death and tells her story through a series of flashbacks and flash forwards, looking at the development of her relationship with Toklas and the Parisian expatriate community of the 1920s. The opening performance is a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an appropriate choice since Stein died from cancer in 1946. The Crescent City Outlaws sponsors the fundraiser. Mention the group when reserving tickets for subsequent shows and a donation will be made to the foundation. Glenn Meche directs Karen Shields as Gertrude and Lisa Davis as Toklas. The production runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays through July 13. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 seniors/students. Call 948-9608 for more information and for reservations. — Allison Good

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