Famous Widow Alma Mahler to be Focus of Stagework Alma — Widow of the 4 Arts in L.A.

News   Famous Widow Alma Mahler to be Focus of Stagework Alma — Widow of the 4 Arts in L.A.
A bioplay about the life of Alma Mahler called Alma — Widow of the 4 Arts is heading to the United States for a Los Angeles run, according to Variety.

Joshua Sobol penned the work about the famous woman known for her creative significant others. Austrian actor Paulus Manker, who produced and directed the work in Vienna, Venice and Lisbon, is in talks to bring the work to the Los Angeles Theater, Sept. 25-Nov. 28, the trade paper reported.

Born Alma Maria Schindler in 1897, the woman began as a composer herself. She then gave up her work upon marrying composer Gustav Mahler — who would later print her works. After her husband's death she became involved with painter Oskar Kokoschka who would paint her in his work "The Tempest". She would later marry architect Walter Gropius and poet Franz Werfel — with whom she would flee to the U.S.

Alma — Widow of the 4 Arts — said to be an audience-interactive piece — is still in search of funding. The production already received $300,000 from various Austria government divisions.

The 2,200-seat Los Angeles Theater will be limited to audiences of 200, expecting to pay $120-$140 per ticket — which will include a three-course dinner. Ticket sales are schedule to go on sale in April.

No casting has been set for the Los Angeles Theater run. Mahler is also the subject of a Michael Korie-Scott Frankel musical titled Doll. The work received a staged reading last year at Chicago's Ravinia Festival with "Frasier" star David Hyde Pierce and Broadway regulars Michael Cerveris, Judith Blazer and Mary Testa under the direction of Lonny Price.

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