Women Forward: 2 Plays

Presented in collaboration by DramaDogs, A Theater Company and DogStar Theater Company
Center Stage Theater
751 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, California
September 7-16. 2018

Three Tall Women OPENS Saturday, September 7, 7:30pm
September 9, 11, 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 and 15 at 2:00pm

Lettice and Lovage OPENS Sunday, September 8, 7:30pm
September 12, 14, 15 at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 9 and 16 at 2:00pm

Three Tall Women

by Edward Albee “And so it goes.” directed by Nita June Davanzo

Lettice and Lovage

by Peter Shaffer “Enlarge, Enlighten, Enliven.” directed by Ken Gilbert

 

The empowerment of women in our society and culture is a current issue. We are in a time of the emergence of the feminine and the power of the female. How women speak forward and move forward fearlessly into their lives and their communities.

DramaDogs, a Theater Company and DogStar Theater Company are in collaboration; co-creating an innovative project which highlights women in roles regarding choice, introspection and transformation; women who play their significant part in the humanity of the world. Come September, Three Tall Women by Edward Albee and Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer will be brought to Center Stage, produced by DogStar and DramaDogs, respectively.

The Drama: THREE TALL WOMEN ~ a haughty, acerbic old woman lies dying; she is tended by two other women and visited by a young man. Edward Albee’s play is a dialogue about everything from incontinence to infidelity portrays aging without sentimentality; observations telling us about forgiveness, reconciliation, and our own fates. Separate characters on stage in the first act, yet actually the same “everywoman” at different ages in the second act, these “tall women” lay bare the truths of our lives – how we live, how we love, what we settle for, and how we die. “And so it goes.”

The Comedy: LETTICE AND LOVAGE ~ Lettice Duffet is an expert and untiring but daffy enthusiast, on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry in history and the theatre. Peter Shaffer’s play is about two women who clash at first meeting. Lotte Schoen, an inspector from the Preservation Trust who is neither impressed nor entertained by Lettice’s exaggerated history lessons; Schoen fires her. Relentlessly, Lettice engages the stoic Lotte in a battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. The women, originally at odds with each other, find an enduring and endearing friendship. “Enlarge, Enliven, Enlighten.”

Tickets can be purchased at www.centerstagetheater.org, $28 general / $23 students and veterans; special price $46 for both plays (you choose the performance dates at the time of purchase).

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