"Vivien", brings to the forefront the life of one of the most renowned actresses of our time, Vivien Leigh. Though best known on screen as, Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois she had on the British stage a position of absolute ascendancy on the British stage as the co-star and wife of Laurence Olivier. Yet she pursued her life on a self-destructive course. A victim of manic depression, her hold on sanity seemed to only come from the roles she played. And at a time when the illness was little understood, her only recourse was to endure years of electroshock therapy. And at the age of 53 died of tuberculosis.
Award Winning playwright, Rick Foster, creates such a compelling and profound journey of this extraordinary woman's life. His artful and perceptive writing "dodges many of the clichés of the form and eloquently dramatizes Leigh's passion, intelligence, and acuity, as well as the destructive tragedy of her mental illness. Foster is particularly strong when charting the glittery but corrosive love between Leigh and Laurence Olivier and the role that relationship played in her eventual loss of balance." (San Francisco Bay Guardian).
Actress Janis Stevens' performance is passionate and flawless. She captures not only Leigh's beauty but also many of her mannerisms and qualities. "The term ‘tour de force' is an under statement! Stevens brings an incredible range of Leigh's personal and professional battles and triumph to life" (The Union Democrat).
Together, Foster and Stevens offer an evocative and masterful piece of theatre. Surely an event not to be missed!
Love, Hate, Triumph and defeat. These are the dramatic elements we might come to see in the theater. So, when we observe these elements as truth and reality from ones own life, we are struck profoundly.
Wed-Sat 8pm, Sunday 7pm
Theater: American Theatre Of Actors
Address: 314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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