Golda's Balcony, with Nine's Saviola, Begins TheatreWorks Run Oct. 3

News   Golda's Balcony, with Nine's Saviola, Begins TheatreWorks Run Oct. 3 Camille Saviola, who starred in the original Broadway production of Nine, tackles the title role in William Gibson's Golda's Balcony, which begins performances at TheatreWorks Oct. 3.

Aaron Davidman directs the production, which is slated to officially open Oct. 6 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Palo Alto, CA. The limited engagement will play through Oct. 28.

The solo work focuses on the life of Golda Meir and her rise to her post as Prime Minister of Israel. Golda's Balcony is "set during the events leading up to the Yom Kippur war of 1973, one of Meir's most troubling times as Prime Minister of Israel," as show notes explain. The drama "interweaves Meir's life in world politics with recollections of her family as she balances the weight of her people's dreams."

Following a world premiere at Massachusetts' Shakespeare & Company in 2002, Golda's Balcony made its New York premiere Off-Broadway at Manhattan Ensemble Theater in 2003. The Scott Schwartz-directed staging transferred to Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre later that year earning its star Tovah Feldshuh a Tony Award nomination. A movie version was recently released starring Valerie Harper.

Saviola appeared on Broadway in the original staging of the musical Nine as Mama Maddelena. She also played another Broadway musical Mama (Morton) in the revival of Chicago. Her films credits include "Last Exit Brooklyn," "Broadway Danny Rose" and "Purple Rose of Cairo." The veteran actress has also performed on television's "Entourage," "ER," "Judging Amy," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Friends."

Davidman is the artistic director of Traveling Jewish Theatre — where he has staged The Golden Bird, The Chosen, Death of a Salesman and Blood Relative. As an actor, he appeared in Isaac, God's Donkey: A Play on Moses, and a revival of Berlin, Jerusalem and the Moon. Tickets for Golda's Balcony at TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center, 500 Castro Street (at Mercy), are available through (650) 903-6000 and online at theatreworks.org.

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