Rosalind Ayres directs Broadway star Elaine Stritch in L.A. Theatre Works' live radio series presentation of Peter Feibleman's Cakewalk. Co-starring with Stritch is Bruce Davison. The shows will take place Feb. 2-6 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Tickets are already sold out, but there is a waiting line for returns an hour before each performance.
All six performances will be recorded before a live audience for future broadcast on KCRW FM.
Cakewalk is a memory play adapted by Feibleman from his book "Lilly: Reminiscences of Lillian Hellman." Known to Hellman as "Cuff," a nickname she borrowed from Walt Whitman, he was first introduced to the celebrated playwright as a child. When he was 27 and finding himself as a writer, and she 51 with her best plays behind her, they became lovers, and their stormy relationship lasted 25 years until her death in 1984.
Stritch created the role of Hellman in American Repertory Theatre's production of Cakewalk Some of her previous Broadway credits include Call Me Madam, Goldilocks, Sail Away and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?. She is perhaps best known for her work in the musical Company, in which her rendition of "The Ladies Who Lunch" became legendary.
Davison was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "Longtime Companions." He is currently filming "X-Man," based on the comic book series.Skirball Cultural Center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. For tickets and information call (310) 827-0889.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent
and David Lefkowitz