Tales from Hollywood
by Christopher Hampton
directed by Ethan McSweeny
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Lights! Camera! Aktion! Where did German writers and other artists go when they escaped the rise of the Third Reich? To Hollywood, of course. Hampton mines the oddness of German intellectuals in Tinseltown for both humor and humanity. Featuring theater pioneer Bertolt Brecht and novelists Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Tales from Hollywood is narrated by Ödön von Horváth, a real-life Eastern European playwright. Horváth is our guide through the story – of writers who barely speak English being asked to write a sequel to Bedtime for Bonzo, of émigrés struggling with their new home and all that infernal California sunshine, of exiles trying to forget old demons and reconcile choices they’ve made in the past. Featuring a large ensemble cast, Tales from Hollywood is Hampton’s favorite play and often considered his best. Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.
"If the rest of the season proves to be as intellect-tickling and toothsome as this first offering ... this golden anniversary promises to be a strong one." ~Pioneer Press
Run Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes including one intermission
|Art Nicely/Lion Feuchtwanger
||Kris L. Nelson
|Odon von Horvath
|Charles Money/Jacob Lomakhin
||Jason H. Thompson
|Voice and Dialect Coach
||Karen K. Wegner
| Assistant Stage Manager
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