Colette Uncensored is a one-woman show about the amazing life of the French author Colette (1873–1954). The play will run at the Canal Café Theatre in London from May 4 to 12, 2018. We are seeking funds for publicity, travel, and theater production expenses for the play. Thank you so much for your generous support to bring this show to audiences in the U.K. and beyond.
Colette Uncensored comes to the Canal Café Theatre from sold-out command performances in San Francisco and Berkeley, California.
RAVES FROM THE CRITICS
• “Lorri Holt is nothing short of spectacular.”–Theatre Eddy’s
• “Watching Lorri Holt speak as Colette is like having a conversation with the most interesting person you have ever met.”—Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Stark Insider
• “It’s immediately clear how effortlessly this consummate actress channels early-20th-century French novelist Colette…Holt simply embodies the rebellious character in all her (ever-so-French) self-confidence, vulnerability and sensual charm.”—SF Examiner
• “A breathtaking hour and fifteen minutes. I dare you to take your eyes off this worldly femme fatale with the musical accent.”—Theatre Storm
This smart and funny solo play tells the story of the famed and infamous French novelist’s passionate quest as a writer, a woman, a pioneer for social change, and as a lover. Colette is one of France’s most famous writers, best known for her novella Gigi, which became a musical that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Before Colette’s exquisite writing was accepted as classic, the author was shunned by polite society for her scandalous life, her many affairs with women and men, appearing on stage scantily clad in vaudeville, and her refusal to compromise her pursuit of personal freedom. Colette produced more than 50 works of fiction, memoirs, and plays. The play was originally inspired by the book Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems by Colette, translated by Zack Rogow and Renée Morel. Colette's life has resonated with audiences, for her breaking new ground for women's empowerment, her respect for nature, her forays into sexual liberation, and her refusal to give in to the moralistic reactions to her life choices.
LORRI HOLT—PERFORMER & CO-WRITER
Lorri Holt is an award-winning actress who has played lead roles in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley Rep, ACT, and many others. Most recently she played Micheleine in the Aurora Theatre’s acclaimed Splendour by Abi Morgan. Other recent credits: Masha in Berkeley Rep's Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. For 10 years Lorri was a member of San Francisco’s famed Eureka Theater, where she originated the role of Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America. Other credits: Birmingham Rep (UK); Barbican Theatre (London); and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Most recent film credit: Josh Kornbluth’s Love & Taxes. Colette Uncensored was nominated by Theatre Bay Area for Outstanding Solo Production, and by Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for Best Solo Performance.
Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His translations include Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Green Wheat by Colette. His adaptation and translation of Marius by Marcel Pagnol was produced by the Aurora Theatre (Berkeley) and the Storm Theatre (New York). Rogow teaches in the MFA in writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. www.zackrogow.com
LAURA LUNDY—PRODUCER, BLUE PANTHER PRODUCTIONS
Laura Lundy is on the producer team of Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, opening spring 2018. Blue Panther Productions include the 2017 international tour of Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood. Ms. Lundy produced George Pfirrmann’s new play AROUSAL, paired with Pinter’s The Lover 2014/15 for Virago Theatre Company in San Francisco, LA, and New York at The Flea Theater to critical acclaim. http://www.bluepantherproductions.com/
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