The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf: One-Woman Show at The Cabaret at The Marsh Berkeley
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The last date listed for The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf was Saturday December 1, 2012 / 8:30pm (Doors open at 8:00pm).
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This play has a running time of one hour, with no intermission. It is recommended for audiences ages 13 and over.
“Joni Takanikos gives a simple, truthful performance as “Le Mome Piaf” (The Little Sparrow) telling Piaf’s unique story of hardship, fame, art and love. The play is elegantly written by Martha Furey, and features several of Piaf’s songs soulfully sung a capella.”
- South Whidbey Record
The Marsh Berkeley is proud to present “The Songbird of Paris, Edith Piaf,” a one-act play written by Martha Furey.
Edith Piaf, the iconic French singer, sits on a park bench in Belleville, the working class neighborhood of her impoverished childhood, wrapped in a blanket against the cold. Knowing she is nearing the end of her life, she shares her vast triumphs and hair-raising tragedies with us the audience, as though we represent the ghosts of her past. It’s a wild ride, a final reckoning: funny, romantic, raw, passionate, sensual. Her famously heart-rending songs are performed a cappella, an evocation of the young Piaf busking on the streets of her beloved Paris.
Playwright Martha Furey is known for capturing the essence and depth of some of the world’s most engaging and compelling women (Emily Dickinson, Frida Kahlo) in her nine one-woman plays. She wrote “Songbird” specifically for Takanikos, a singer-songwriter who lives on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, where the two met over 20 years ago.