Dan Wackerman (artistic director, Peccadillo Theater Company) directs. Musical direction is by Nick DeGegorio.
27 rue de Fleurus, Paris is billed as "an irreverent chamber musical told from the perspective of Alice B Toklas," according to the creators. "Although her memory is a bit cloudy, Alice recounts some of the events of the nearly 40 years she spent living with Gertrude Stein. At first, she focuses specifically on the salons that she and Gertrude hosted at 27 rue de Fleurus. During the play, Gertrude grows tired of Alice's lack of panache for telling her perspective of their story. Gertrude tries to hijack the play; but is silenced when Alice confronts her about her relationship with May Bookstaver and the manuscripts and love letters May inspired. The musical ends with Alice alone, 21 years after Gertrude's death."
The cast features Joanna Glushak (Sweet Smell of Success, Les Misérables) as Alice and Carolann Page (Asylum, Blood On The Dining Room Floor) as Gertrude. The ensemble members (who play multiple roles, including men) include Suzanne Grodner, Lorinda Lisitza, Natalie Moore, Marci Reid and Kristie Dale Sanders.
Ted Sod's musical Gay Grimms was recently read at The York Theatre Company as part of its developmental reading series. Visit www.tedsod.com.
Lisa Koch is a singer, songwriter and performer whose work blends comedy, theatre and music. She produces, writes and performs all over the country and is based in Seattle. Visit www.heylisa.com. Admission to the 7:30 PM March 26 presentation is free, at 155 Bank Street. For more information call Peccadillo Theater Company at (212) 561- 9635 or visit www.thepeccadillo.com.
An additional free reading of the work is happening under the auspices of Urban Stages at the Mercantile Library, 17 East 47th Street, on Monday March 19 at 6 PM. Call (212) 421-1380 for information. Visit www.urbanstages.org.