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Sarah Bernhardt

ACTRESS
(in development)

By Tony Marando
Directed by Tony Marando
Performed as a staged reading at The Theatre @ Swing 46, NYC


ACTRESS is a one woman drama with four men, a portrayal of the universally acclaimed nineteenth-century French actress, SARAH BERNHARDT, and the most important men in her life.


This piece and its five characters are drawn from factual accounts of Bernhardt's work--and play; her life and her theatrical roles were in extraordinary and uncanny parallel.

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Sarah Bernhardt
Terry Randall from Stagedoor
Hallie Flanagan

LEGENDARY LIVES

Presented by The League of Professional Theatre Women
Created and Produced by Mari Lyn Henry, VP, Programming, LPTW
Directed by Shellen Lubin
Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC


Guest Artist Cynthia Enfield Portrays The Legends in Scenes from:
Sarah in America by Ruth Wolff
Hallie by Ruth Wolff
Stagedoor by Edna Ferber


Special Guest Artists and Speakers:
Playwright, Screenwriter-Ruth Wolff
Actress, Writer-Julie Gilbert (Great niece of Edna Ferber)
Author, Educator, Producer, Writer-Milly Barranger


LEGENDARY LIVES, honors extraordinary women, throughout history, who have greatly enriched The Theatre, through their invaluable contributions.


SARAH BERNHARDT (1844-1923)
“For those young women who dream of success in a dramatic career, the absolute things indispensable are: character, physique, and intelligence-a great deal of intelligence. To portray character it is necessary to have character, keen perception, and ready sympathy. All the faculties are called into play in the dramatic art; the higher the order of intelligence, the better suited is an artist to conceive a character or an emotion. The face must be capable of a wide range of expression. Physique is important-proportion, contour, outline. Taste in costuming does not make a good artist, but a good artist will show good taste in arraying herself, and the good sense to be guided in dressing by the epoch of the play. Grace is also absolutely important, and your woman with the artistic temperament will be graceful, for the innate artistic sense of what is beautiful and harmonious.”

Memoirs, 1897


EDNA FERBER (1885-1968)
…“I have, I suppose, lived the life of a stage struck Jewish nun: working very hard, occasionally running around doing good deeds: footloose but the hands tied to the typewriter for hours daily…”
“Autobiographies and confessions usually leave me cold. It's what people won't tell and wouldn't for the world show that fascinates me. A bandage can be so mysterious. Removed, it so often reveals only a hang nail.”


“She is so difficult to write about, not only because I am very fond of her but also because she is a curios and complicated mixture of tastes, of impulses and emotions. The truth is, I think that when America gained a fine chronicle novelist, an excellent playwright and a writer of short stories of the first order, it lost a great actress.”

“If…one was to give Edna Ferber mythical parents, I should choose Sarah Bernhardt as her mother and the Prophet Jeremiah as her father.”

—LOUIS BROMFIELD, popular novelist (The Green Bay Tree)


HALLIE FLANAGAN (1890-1969)
“We live in a changing world: man is whispering through space, soaring to the stars in ships, flinging miles of steel and glass into the air. Shall the theater continue to huddle in a painted box? The movies, in their kaleidoscopic speed and juxtaposition of external objects and internal emotions are seeking to find visible and audible expression for the temp and psychology of the time. The stage too must experiment-with ideas, with psychological relationship of men and women, with speech and rhythm forms, with dance and movement, with color and light-or it must-and should-become a museum product.

—Excerpt from a speech delivered at the national
    office of the Federal Theatre Project, on the
    occasion of the first national meeting of its
    regional directors. October 5, 1935

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Tarantella

La Sibilla
"Prophetess"

TARANTELLA! SPIDERDANCE!
(in development)

By Alessandra Belloni
Directed by Jeff Whiting
Theatre for New City, NYC
Lyric Hall Theatre, New Haven, CT


“This is theater at its best—raw, passionate, richly costumed and delightfully ragged—that has to be seen to fully appreciate the full-bodied wit and passion with which Ms. Belloni tells her tale. Folklore and classical Greek myth intertwine freely in Spider Dance.”

“The robust cast breaks into energetic tarantellas between colorful tales of clandestined lovers and Dionysus seducing lustfully frustrated peasant girls...She [Ms. Belloni] was supported by the terrific musical ensemble...Cynthia Enfield was a rich-voiced narrator. ...”

“This is a richly beautiful and exciting show that combines music, dance, copoeira, circus, acrobatics and mythical drama all swirled into a lively, colorful show, seasoned liberally with sex and sensuality.”

—JOEL BENJAMIN, Times Square Chronicles

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1940's Model and
Southern Belle

THE GOOD STENO

By Leah Kornfeld Friedman
Directed by Paul Ben-Victor
Performed as a reading
The Belt Theatre, NYC
The Cutting Room, NYC


Award winning playwright Leah Kornfeld Freidman’s exciting new dark comedy brings to life the garment center jungle of the 1940’s. With Dana Liatsis, Dan Futterman, Pablo Schreiber, Bill Raymond, Paul Ben-Victor, Lev Gorn, Roberta Wallach and Heidi Du Toit.

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Rosannah
"Runaway Bride"

BRILLIANT TRACES

By Cindy Lou Johnson
Directed by Shellen Lubin
Fight Direction by David Dean Hastings
Trilogy Theatre, NYC


“I became completely immersed in the story and characters…Cynthia Enfield and James Gilchrist delivered their lines with such ease and realism I forgot it was a play with actors.”

—DARCEY JACOBS, Theatergoer


BRILLIANT TRACES is one of those plays in which a man and woman battle it out in a small enclosed space, alternately repulsing and seducing each other.


If I must be wrung through the paradox,
—broken into wholeness,
wring me around the moon;
pelt me with particles from the dark side.
Fling me into space;
hide me in a black hole.
Let me dance with devils on dead stars.
Let my scars leave brilliant traces,
for my highborn soul seeks its hell—
in high places.

Avah Pevlor Johnson, INDIVIDUATION

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Middle Ages 3

Eleanor from age 14 to 40

THE MIDDLE AGES

By A.R. Gurney
Directed by James Karcher
Rogues Company, NYC


In a series of flashbacks from the 1940’s to the 1970’s we encounter the WASPy Barney and Eleanor at various stages of their life from youth to middle age — and throughout these years, the rebellious Barney professes his love for Eleanor and challenges the validity of the "safe" lifestyle she has chosen.

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Ann
"Schizophrenic"

WAITING FOR THE SHOW

By Terry Diamond
Directed by Terry Diamond
Nuyorican Poet’s Café Theatre, NYC


WAITING FOR THE SHOW in an absurdist comic fantasy that pits fundamentalist anti-abortion fanatics against a couple of stalwart (but heavily medicated) activist feminists. It makes novel use of the declamatory language of the Declaration of Independence while demonstrating that lesbian desire conquers all.

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Francie
"Southern Teenager"

SO THE FARMER SAID TO THE TRAVELING SALESMAN

By Joey Guastella
Directed by Walter Hershman
Performed as a reading at Manhattan Class Company, NYC


“I first worked with Cynthia Enfield while filling the positions of Literary Associate for MCC Theater. It was there in which she touchingly portrayed an introverted teen-ager who believed she was living in the 1920’s, in the reading of a play I, myself had written. [SO THE FARMER SAID TO THE TRAVELING SALESMAN] I became instantly impressed by her quick, in- depth understanding of the role, and after following up on future projects to which she was cast, I realized what I had initially been impressed with, was a pattern. Shortly after, I was clued into her honesty as a performer, (she has no trouble facing any amount of work regarding a challenging role), and commitment toward her craft.”

—JOEY GUASTELLA, Writer and Former NYC Casting Director


A dark comedy about Francie Cranville, a frail, withdrawn teen from rural Louisiana, who lives in a fantasy world, believes it is the 1920's and she is off to The Palace to become a Vaudeville star. Her life is then touched by a traveling salesman from New York City, whom her parents have kidnapped in a scheme to get him to marry her, thinking this will cure her of her ills.

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Sarah
"Forlorn Friend"

COFFEE ONCE A YEAR

By Shellen Lubin
Directed by Shellen Lubin
Off-Off Broadway play finalist
Harold Clurman Theatre, Theatre Row, NYC


COFFEE ONCE A YEAR by Shellen Lubin is a short one-act play, a character study of two women, two friends who reunite under odd and confusing circumstances, and try to untangle the knotted web of their past and come to terms with the emotional residue left after the explosive end of their long and loving relationship.

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Connie
"Gene Tierney Wannabe"

GENE TIERNEY MOVED NEXT DOOR

By Larry Myers
Directed by Shellen Lubin
Theatre For the New City, NYC


“[GENE TIERNEY MOVED NEXT DOOR] is very funny, but also has a lot of depth and emotional power…there are four wonderful performances...Connie played by the lovely Cynthia Enfield did a very, very good job of portraying a movie struck person…”

—JOYCE WEST, WBAI Radio


“The quiet glamour of Gene Tierney in Laura, The Razor’s Edge and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a touchstone for a pair of splitting lovers, Connie and Mack, for Dess, their cinemaphile friend and for the invalid father he cares for. All at sea, all seekers, they find respite from their searches in the larger-than-life actions of their movie star idols.”

—STAGES, The National Theatre Magazine

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Belle
"Fairytale Newlywed"

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

By Elliot Meyers
Directed by Scott Pegg
Wings Theatre, NYC


The lives of Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty all happen to intersect one night at the Annual Ball thrown by Prince Charming in honor of he and Ella’s first meeting, fifteen years ago. It’s just before midnight when these somewhat older, now supposedly wiser women are confronted by their pasts in the guise of incredibly beautiful young girl named Belle, who has held them as role models throughout her own recent experience with a charmed Beast, and who’s own happily ever after has just begun. The rest of the evening unfolds with timeless insights into love, expectation, and the choices we all must make trying to obtain true happiness.

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