Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Loving Repeating Opens ICT's Season of Romantic Adventures

Loving Repeating

International City Theatre kicks off its 2011 “Season of Romantic Adventures” with the West Coast premiere of a musical about loving life, loving thinking, loving making art, and loving love.

Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein, adapted from Stein’s writings by Tony Award winners Stephen Flaherty and Frank Galati, explores the writer’s capricious love affair with language, self expression, and her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas. caryn desai [sic] directs and Darryl Archibald is musical director for the limited, four-week engagement which runs January 21-Februay 13, 2011.

Stephen Flaherty's distinctive score breaks new ground in musical theater, illuminating Gertrude Stein's world and bringing fresh perspective to her poetic texts. The music evokes diverse spirits of eras past, including Victorian parlor tunes, vaudevillian songs, and even opera, paying homage to Stein's deep love of the way American language perpetually changes to reflect the voices of the people. It’s a perplexing, exhilarating, hilarious, and emotionally giddy musical that is as unique as Stein herself.

The musical follows Stein from her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the "lost generation," a term she coined referring to those who came of age between the two world wars. She and her celebrated circle of artists, writers, and thinkers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and her beloved “wife” Alice B. Toklas, changed the way contemporary artists see the world and express themselves.

First workshopped at Northwestern University in 2003, Loving Repeating went on to win the 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work (Musical), for the world premiere production at Chicago's MCA Theater, a coproduction with About Face Theatre.

The choreographer for Loving Repeating is Heather Castillo; set design is by Kurt Boetcher; lighting design is by Donna Ruzika; costume design is by Kim DeShazo; sound design is by Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski; hair and wigs are by Anthony Gagliardi; props are by Patty and Gordon Briles; and the stage manager is Pat Loeb.

International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. For reservations and information go to

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