The Magnificent Welles, written and performed by Marcus Wolland, chronicles the life of a young Orson Welles in 1942 as he struggles for control of "The Magnificent Ambersons," the motion picture that followed his classic, "Citizen Kane." Welles waged and lost a battle with the movie studio for control of "Ambersons," and the play captures the director, alone in a hotel room, as he realizes his film is slipping away from him. About the original production of The Magnificent Welles, The Seattle Times wrote, "Wolland bears a remarkable resemblance to Welles. There are moments his curling lips, arched eyebrows and body language suggest Welles playing Charles Foster Kane and others when he suggests a more vulnerable side to Welles. . . . [Wolland] turns the show into a genuine tour de force."
StageDirect's CEO and founder Gary Cole, a former corporate attorney and CIA employee who always had a love for the theatre, says, "The late, great Orson Welles has attracted a huge following, and we hope The Magnificent Welles does the same. This DVD is a must-see for Orson Welles fans and anyone interested in the history of American cinema."
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