Mothers of modernism Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, will be celebrated in Twin Cities with a two-month program presented jointly by the Guthrie Theatre, the Walker Art Center and the Jungle Theatre.
The celebration begins Jan. 26 with the Win Wells play, Gertrude Stein and a Companion starring Claudia Wilkins and Barbara Kingsley. This play is being reprised by the Jungle Theatre and will be directed by Bain Boehlke. It runs through March 18.
On March 6, the Guthrie Lab will stage the two-week engagement of the Walker Art Center/Guthrie Theatre staging of the New York Foundry Theatre production of Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Loving. Starring creators Lola Pashalinski as Stein (who won an Obie Award for her performance) and Linda Chapman as Toklas, the show is directed by Anne Bogart. It also runs through March 18.
On Feb. 26, an "exploration of the works of Stein and Toklas, 'From the Salon of Stein and Toklas: Women Speak Out,'" will feature readings by such prominent Twin Cities women as Barbara Kingsley, Ann Marsden, Eleanor Savage, Morgan Thorsenson and Claudia Wilkens. Tickets for this show, which is sponsored by Amazon Bookstore, are available at (612) 822-7063.
On March 11, the Walker Arts Center hosts a roundtable discussion with Claudia Wilkens, Barbara Kingsley, Lola Pashalinski and Linda Chapman. This free event is sponsored by Amazon Bookstore, but reservations are required through the box office at either Jungle Theatre, Guthrie Theatre or the Walker Art Center. "A Discussion with Director Anne Bogart," also scheduled for March 11, is being held at the Guthrie Lab. At this free event, the director ofA Likeness to Loving talks about her projects and perspectives on theatre including her approach to the Stein/Toklas play.
To get tickets or information on any of the above events contact the following theatres. The Guthrie Theatre's Guthrie Lab is located at 700 North First St., Minneapolis, phone (612) 377-2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org; the Jungle Theatre is located at 2951 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, phone (612) 822-7063; and the Walker Art Center is located at 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, phone (612) 375 7622 or visit walkerart.org/tickets/.
—By Murdoch McBride