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Staged Reading - Dear Liar

By Jerome Kilty

A Staged Reading

Directed by Alan Barkan

Tuesday - February. 15th, 2011 - 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

This epistolary drama features selections from correspondence between George Bernad Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the great actress and muse, for whom he wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and with whom he had a 40-year unconsumated love affair.

Dear Liar is a natural fit with Heartbreak House, Shaw's brilliantly funny and profoundly sad dissection of England on the eve of WWI, a time that audiences are sure to find resonates with our own.  Our staged reading provides an additional opportunity for audiences to explore the mind and the times of Shaw, perhaps the second greatest playwright of the English language.

Directed by Alan Barkan

With: Alan Barkan and Helen Slomowitz

This epistolary drama features selections from correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the great actress and muse, for whom he wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and with whom he had a 40-year unconsummated love affair.

Alan Barkan (George Bernard Shaw) Alan directed Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park and Murray Shisgall’s LUV for Actors Ensemble of Berkeley at Live Oak Theatre, and has also acted as producer, stage manager, and/or graphic designer for a number of our productions.  Most recently he directed a staged reading of “Short Works Referencing Shakespeare” for us in the summer of 2010.  Alan moved back to the Bay Area from the East Coast, like many of us, to realize his dreams, which include producing live theatre, and lounging on the beach with a bevy of lovelies.  Fortunately for us he has been able to realize at least a few of his dreams.

Helen Slomowitz (Mrs. Patrick Campbell) Helen has been the costume designer for numerous Actors Ensemble of Berkeley productions at Live Oak Theatre, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Hedda Gabler, Exit the King, and most recently Blithe Spirit.  Originally from Rhode Island, she made her way to Berkeley after a stint as a radio DJ in Indiana.  Among other interesting jobs she has worked for a Tree-Trimming Company and a world-renowned Philosopher.  She also dreams of lounging on the beach with a bevy of lovelies, though in her case of the male persuasion.

 

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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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