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Play a chance to visit Jimmy Stewart

“As Always, Jimmy Stewart” is a brilliant one-man play about the whimsical, intriguing Oscar-winning actor. The setting is the den of Jimmy’s Beverly Hills home shortly after death of his wife, Gloria, in 1994. He reminisces about his long active life using a stage filled with photographs, costumes, scrapbooks and even an accordion.

In the play’s opening, the unassuming movie star is unable to sleep and calls his daughter in England. Ending the phone call, he turns to the audience and invites them to help him save his memories by sharing his life with them. The play winds through different times in Stewart’s life. These anecdotes range from funny stories of wild antics with best friend Henry Fonda to intimate family tales such as his intense relationship with his father and the death of his son in Vietnam. Of course, there are accounts of Stewart’s days as one of Hollywood’s favorite stars.

Actor Steve Nevil, who plays Jimmy, states that his goal is to be as much like the iconic actor as possible. He taped every single appearance that Stewart made on “The Tonight Show” from the 1970s to the ’90s. Perhaps unconsciously Nevil, a huge fan of the beloved actor, knew it was from these appearances that he would later find the material for his one-man show. Known for his Stewart imitations, Nevil was called in to dub Stewart’s voice for a television advertisement when the actor was ill.

Kelly Stewart, Jimmy’s daughter, said about the play: “He (Nevil) used a lot of dad’s own words and in that sense, it had a feel of dad about it … (It was) a wonderful, touching, lovely performance.”

Author Ray Bradbury said of the production: “I came to see a movie star and came away feeling like I met a human being. Bravo!”

This performance is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Grass Valley, and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to local charities.

WHAT: “As Always, Jimmy Stewart” a play based on the life of the iconic film star

WHEN: Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12, 7 p.m.; Doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley

WHO: Actor Steve Nevil as Jimmy Stewart, directed by Ted Snyder

ADMISSION: $20, tickets available through The Center for the Arts, Yabobo, Mountain Mail, BriarPatch Coop, Kathy’s Hallmark in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area

INFORMATION: or call (530) 274-8384, ext. 14

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