California Stage will revive Rick Foster’s smash-hit show Love, Isadora starting September 20th. Professional actress Lori Russo reprises her Elly Award-winning turn as Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance, with Janis Stevens’ inspired direction.
Russo, Stevens, and choreographer Tracy Eisenberg all collaborated with Foster in New York to present Love, Isadora during the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Oktoberfest in 2006. California Stage’s 2008 staging of Foster’s play brought the four together again in Sacramento–earning Elly Awards for Russo’s performance and Stevens’ direction, as well as Jessie Talbert’s lighting design.
Foster has revised his bold drama since that time according to revelatory insights into Duncan’s life and work that have surfaced within the past few years. Now, California Stage brings the illustrious, illusive Duncan back to life and explores her passionate obsessions with life, death, love, and art.
California Stage now readies for “Love Isadora” — Opening Sept 20th
After California Stage’s successful presentation of Marat/Sade, written by Peter Weiss, which ran from July 19th through August 10th, 2014, the company now gets a short rest, before they delve into the next project, a very different one — Love Isadora.
Weiss’ avant garde masterwork became the most outrageous musical spectacle of the season, in the capable hands of director Kent Johnson and a fine cast.
California Stage proudly receives twelve Elly Award nominations for its first two shows of the season — The Vanishing Point and Journey’s End!
Producer Ray Tatar commended all the California Stage artists for their determination and willingness to take risks in service of their art. New plays like The Vanishing Point invigorate a company, Ray says, adding, “They force us to work together on a play without any preconceived notions from past productions. Our group understood the honor that we were given with Nedra’s play and AACT’s hopes for their new festival, so we resolved to give it everything we had.”
Nedra Pezold Roberts’ The Vanishing Pointearned nods for: Overall Production–California Stage Script–Nedra Pezold Roberts Production of an Original Script–California Stage Direction–Ray Tatar Leading Male–Richard Winters Supporting Female–Emily Kentta Supporting Male–Jeremy Minagro Set Design–Buzz Weitz