Staged reading of ‘Gertrude Stein’ at Miners Foundry |

Staged reading of ‘Gertrude Stein’ at Miners Foundry

Marion Jeffrey and Loraine Webb do a staged reading of “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” Sunday.

It is the love story of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, told with congeniality and humor. The dialogue is a combination of Gertrude Stein’s own words and those of the author in imitation of her style. But most of all, this work is about Alice, the unsung heroine, whom the outside world thought was the mousy woman playing second fiddle to the vibrant Gertrude. The play shows her, rather, as a witty woman with a sharp brain and cutting tongue. Without Alice, Gertrude would have remained undiscovered.

This theater piece gives insight into the Paris of the period and correlates the various movements in the arts – painting, writing, music – with the new era of the 20th century.

Directors for the show are Tim O’Connor and Harriet Totten. O’Conner is the driving force behind the staged reading program and has directed more than 20 actors in such productions as “John Brown’s Body.” Totten has appeared in several Foundry productions.

Jeffery was Helene Hanff in “84 Charing Cross Road” and recently performed in the one-woman show, “The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe,” made famous on Broadway by Lily Tomlin. Webb has performed around the county in many theatrical productions and has worked as a radio/video voice artist. As Gertrude Stein, this is her first appearance on the Foundry’s stage.

– The Union staff

WHAT: “Gertrude Stein and a Companion,” a Reader’s Theatre production.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday; doors open at 1:30, and a no-host refreshment bar will be available.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

ADMISSION: Tickets are $12; $10 for seniors and students.

INFORMATION: 265-5040;

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