Actress Claire Bloom is perhaps most known in theatre circles for her one-woman show, These are Women: A Portrait of Shakespeare's Heroines. Now her new show, Enter the Actress, makes its southwest premiere Nov. 10-11 at Arizona's Invisible Theatre.
The show follows the personal and professional lives of Nell Gwyn, Kitty Clive, Sara Siddons and some of England's other best actresses through success, failure and a little scandal.
One of Bloom's film career moments was starring opposite Charlie Chaplin in his "Limelight." She was also well-received as Clytemnestra in the recent Broadway Electra, starring Zoe Wanamaker.
For tickets to two-night only performances at the Invisible Theatre, 1400 North First Ave, in Tucson, AZ, call (520) 882-9721.
* Following Bloom's solo, Tucson playwright Elaine Romero gets a world premiere at the Invisible. Her play, Curanderas! Serpents of the Clouds, runs Nov. 28-Dec. 17. This story of a young Latina doctor whose life is changed when she meets a curandera (a shaman) on a trip to Mexico is staged by Deborah Dickey.
Writer-performer Elizabeth Van Dyke (recently seen in OOB's Dance on Widow's Row) will perform her tribute to the first African-American woman playwright, Feb. 9-11, 2001. In Love to All, Lorraine, she salutes Lorraine Hansberry, writer of A Raisin in the Sun and The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. Van Dyke also directs.
The second southwest premiere of the season will be The Exact Center of the Universe, which runs Feb. 27-March 18, 2001. Carol Calkins directs this Joan Vail Thorne comedy -- which had an extended Off Broadway run -- about a southern mother who overprotects her middle-aged son and what happens when a young woman falls in love with him.
The Invisible season closes with another southwest premiere in Lee Murphy's Catch a Falling Star. Playing May 22-June 10, this comedy follows a television personality who returns home to explain to her parents a dark secret before they read about it in a magazine. Gail Fitzhugh directs the season finale.
Also playing this season is two special events. Coming Through - Ellis Island Revisited! is Wynn Handman's one-act adaptation the weaves together the stories of three immigrants as they “come through” in 1922. Amy Almquist directs the shown that runs Jan. 4-7, 2001. Sketches - Edith Head's Hollywood plays April 11-15, 2001. This workshop production, written and conceived by Carol Calkins and Susan Claassen, is about the great Hollywood designer of the '30s and '40s. Calkins directs Claassen.
-- by Ernio Hernandez