Catwalk Confidential: Model Robyn Peterson in Her Autobiographical, One-Woman Show
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Sidewalk Studio Theatre presents Catwalk Confidential, the one-woman odyssey of Robyn Peterson, fashion’s “It Girl” of the early 1970’s. Starring the author/ex-model herself, Robyn Peterson, and directed by the award-winning director Tony Abatemarco, __Catwalk Confidential __is an often funny and cautionary play that chronicles the journey of Robyn Peterson as she became one of the most successful models of the 1970’s – the decade that paved the way for fashionista chic in a time filled with pride and paranoia, love and despair, and some of the skinniest, most spoiled, arrogant and courageous princesses in all the world, who could be brought down by one fear and one fear alone – age.
It’s the early 1970’s in Paris, a world of decadence, brilliant ideas and genius designs, where relentless pain is synonymous with beauty… and beauty is all that matters. We are invited to strut down the runways in stilettos beside Robyn Peterson herself, meet the most famous and neurotic international legendary designers, have sex with the elite high fashion photographers and investigate the exotic billion dollar planet of Haute Couture. We follow Robyn as she runs from studio to runway, never stopping to feel anything but the click of a shutter, face plastered all over the magazine covers and billboards and working in the studios of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, with master photographers like Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton … until Paris brings her to her knees.
Robyn Peterson (Playwright) escaped Miami Beach in 1970, to embark on a modeling career in Paris. For the next ten years, she worked with some of fashion’s most prominent photographers: Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchilier and Guy Bourdin; and with some of the leading Haute Couture fashion houses: Chloe, Dior, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. She walked the runways and appeared on the pages of Vogue, Bazaar and Elle – all the contemporary magazines that defined fashion in the seventies. After returning to the United States, she has concentrated on an acting career with numerous appearances in movies and TV series. She appeared as ‘Bobbi Sanfillipo’, Uncle Junior’s very sorry girlfriend, on The Sopranos. She played ‘Marylyn’ the office sex therapist on LA Law, Stacey Keech’s rebound girlfriend on Mike Hammer and Kate Jackson’s snappy sidekick in Nancy Meyers’ Baby Boom. She skied the Rockies alongside Robert Conrad on High Mountain Ranger and worked behind the bar on It’s a Living. She took more than notes from Allen Garfield as his secretary on AMC’S The Lot. She recently played an innocent but overly friendly suspect on Cold Case. Big screen credits include her co-starring role as Gwyneth Paltrow’s 300-pound mother in View from the Top, a Beverly Hills sales girl in Pretty Woman, the horny traveler with Gerald Depardieu in My Father the Hero, Jack Warden’s wife in The Replacements, Jack Nicholson’s wife in Blood and Wine, Lee Grant’s husband’s mistress in __Shopping __and she flew directly to video as Daryl Hannah’s drunken sister in Cowboy Up. Her theater credits include originating the role of ‘Linda’ in Eric Bogosian’s original production of Talk Radio at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York, and ‘Kitty’ in Anita’s Diamant’s A Little Work at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston. In collaboration with director Tony Abatemarco, Robyn has developed Catwalk Confidential through the generous support of the Mark Taper Forum/New Works Festivals of 2001 and 2002. Readings of Catwalk Confidential have been featured in diverse festivals, including the International Women’s Forum Annual Trustee’s Event honoring Wallis Annenberg at the new Beverly Hills Cultural Arts Center and the Matrix Theatre’s Playwriting Showcase.
Tony Abatemarco (Director) an award-winning actor, director, writer, producer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, recently starred as ‘Salieri’ in the acclaimed Pittsburgh Public Theatre production of __Amadeus __and ‘Polonius’ in Hamlet at A Noise Within. A graduate of The Juilliard Drama Division, he has won top honors for his lead performances in The Mystery of Irma Vep (Ovation & LAWEE), Bach at Leipzig (LA Drama Critics’ Nominee), La Bete (Ovation Nominee), Camaralenta (LAWEE & LA Drama Critics’ Circle Nominee), and his original Four Fathers (LAWEE and Dramalogue), as well as for his direction (six LAWEE’s, eighteen Dramalogues). He was awarded the first Ted Schmitt Innovation in Small Theatre Award by Theatre LA, founding two performance venues of his own – The Accident Theatre and The Night House. He received two NEA Fellowships, and the first DGA/ SSDC George Stevens Observership. He served as Director of LA Live! at the Natural History Museum and was Artistic Director of Jacques D’Amboise’ National Dance Institute at The Mark Taper Forum, where he served as Guest Director of Special Projects for Gordon Davidson. Under Michael Ritchie’s Center Theatre Group, he has produced five benefits, including Culture Clash’s 22nd Anniversary. He directed Ms. Julie Harris in Lucifer’s Child on Broadway and for A&E TV, and has directed at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Taper, Too, Santa Fe Stages, La Mama ETC, and Theatre Grévin in Paris. Internationally, he also starred in Plato’s Symposium at the ICA in London and in Electra at the Int’l Socrates Festival in Delphi, Greece. He performed his original short story, Cologne Off-Broadway and in LA, Santa Fe, and Miami. He will soon be seen in Richard Loncrain’s upcoming feature My One & Only, marking his fourteenth film appearance. The L Word, E.R., and Frasier are among his two dozen TV guest spots He is guest director at the USC School of Theatre and an Endowed Chair at Santa Monica Emeritus College.