Lavender Love: World-Premiere Play About 1920s-Era Gay Hollywood at Macha Theatre
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“The suspense is superb, complete with elaborate, authentic period wardrobe and set design.” -Tolucan Times
“Nanin has a good eye as a director, keeping the pace quick and bright. It’s silly, campy and fun!” -Broadway World
_Lavender Love: _a new play by Odalys Nanin
(Award winning playwright, producer and founder of Macha Theatre/Films) directed by Ilmar Taska and Odalys Nanin
A “lavender marriage” is the union of two gay celebrities who pretend to be involved with each other in a heterosexual relationship. It serves like a smoke screen to the press protecting them from society’s cruelty of the time against gay love. Famous silent screen diva Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino lived together in a mansion on the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights which is now a parking lot. The character of Alas Nin is the time traveler who connects us to the past revealing to the audience what it was really like to live in their shoes.
It’s sensual, it’s sarcastic, it’s debauchery and hysterically funny but most of all it’s incredibly real.
Written in celebration of West Hollywood’s 25 year anniversary, _Lavender Love _is a look back in time in order to learn where we came from and what we have learned if anything at all.
**Odalys Nanin – Co-Director
*Since graduating from The Drama Studio London and Rutgers University, Odalys Nanin has appeared in many MOW, soap operas, series, T.V. commercials and at least 30 theatre productions both in New York and Los Angeles. She has earned a stellar reputation for writing, directing and producing theatre in Los Angeles.
Nanin is the recipient of three Drama-Logue Theatre Awards for direction, performance and production of Vargas Llosas La Chunga. Her other plays are Skin of Honey, _Love Struck, _Garbo’s Cuban Lover, _The Nun and the Countess _and Beyond Love.
_ Garbo’s Cuban Lover _and _The Nun and the Countess _were chosen as “One of the Best Ten Plays by the _Advocate _Magazine and were Critic’s Pick in Backstage West. _Beyond Love _received a _Curve _Magazine Award for best Lesbian play.
Nanin has also translated, adapted, directed and produced Blood Wedding by Garcia Lorca which received Critic’s Pick in Backstage West.
Nanin is also a screenwriter/filmmaker and has written, directed and produced two short films: _Only One Suitcase _and _Garbo’s Cuban Lover _which are promos to her screenplays. _Only One Suitcase, _the short film, has screened at the NYFilm Festival, the LA International Film Festival, Cinemafest in Puerto Rico and the Taos Film Festival. _Garbo’s Cuban Lover, _the short film, has screened at Outfest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and at the L.A. Shorts Festival.
Nanin has been recognized by _Tentaciones _Magazine as one of the most influential Latinas in the LGBTI community. She has been interviewed by the Advocate, Curve Mag, The Blade, Los Angeles Times, Frontiers, L.A. Weekly, Entertainment Today, The Sophisticate, La Opinion, and _Power Up _Magazine. She has also participated in the following panels: Queering the Heart of Aztlan at UCLA, Queer Filmmakers Panel, Chicano/Chicana Literature Conference in Alcala, Spain and has been on the board of the Astraea Foundation. She is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Macha Theatre/Films.
*Ilmar Taska – Co-Director
*Ilmar Taska was born into a camp in Siberia, but only met the real wolves later in the entertainment business, where he has written, produced and directed film productions like Back in the USSR with Roman Polanski, Candles in the Dark with Maximillian Schell and Alyssa Milano, Set Point with Carmen Kass and recently Thy Kingdom Come/WIngs of Fear.
He started his theatre career at the age of 11, playing the lead character in the Estonian National Radio Theatre’s radio-play_ Lenin’s Smile_. Later he worked in Sweden with Nordstjarna and Remote Control Productions. Last year Ilmar directed Power of Love by Tony J. Williams at The Courtyard Theatre in London starring Kate Winslet’s sister Anna Winslet and Christoph Dostal. This is Ilmar’s first collaboration with Odalys Nanin.