Inspired by an acting teacher almost a decade ago, performer Deirdra McDowell has been driven to research and tell Eartha Kitt's story. Known as the singer behind “Santa Baby” and “C’est si bon”—as well as a Broadway performer and TV's Catwoman in the 1960's—Kitt was the victim of a government-led blacklisting which halted her career for an entire decade.
In Down to Eartha, a new solo show set to play the Gene Frankel Theater in August, McDowell details Kitt's visit to the White House in 1968. It was there that the singer and activist's anti-war sentiments insulted former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, and eventually landed her on the CIA's blacklist.
Down to Eartha recounts that fateful day in detail, while also delving into Kitt's personal journey of power and freedom.
Down to Eartha will run Off-Broadway August 7–17, with direction by Marishka Phillips, who also produces.
“In today's political climate, the right to be heard continues to resonate,” said Phillips. “Kitt’s outspoken views are just as relevant and inspiring today as they were in 1968.”
Kitt was seen on Broadway in Nine, The Wild Party, and Timbuktu!, among other shows.
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