Award Winning Comedy The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
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Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. Learn More
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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice won the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for “Best New Comedy” when it first appeared in London in 1992.
At the center of the play is the virtuosic, demanding role of Little Voice, which requires a very young actress to navigate the powerhouse stylings of Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, and more. ArtsWest is thrilled to have found Myrna Conn, an 18 year-old who came up through the theater’s Musical Education program. Myrna’s real life mother, Suzy Conn (a professional composer and lyricist), has composed an original song, “My Song” for Little Voice’s finale.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is directed by ArtsWest Artistic Director Christopher Zinovitch; costumes by Stacey Derek (Amy’s View); set and props designed by Jill Beasley; lighting by Josh Randall; sound design by Johanna Melamed (All Through the Night); musical director, Kim Dare (Evil Dead: The Musical). Featuring Myrna Conn as Little Voice, Peggy Gannon as Mari Hoff; Patricia Haines-Ainsworth, Jesse Smith, Daniel Reaume, and Travis Tingvall round out the cast.
This play is recommended for ages 16 and older.