Four-time Emmy winner Valerie Harper — of
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda" fame — will portray the late
actress Tallulah Bankhead in the world premiere of Looped, which
will begin performances at the Pasadena Playhouse June 27.
Directed by Rob Ruggiero (Make Me a
Song: The Music of William Finn), Matthew Lombardo's play will
officially open July 8 and run through Aug. 3. Chad Allen ("Dr. Quinn
Medicine Woman" and The Little Dog Laughed) co-stars.
to press notes, "is loosely based on the true story of Tallulah Bankhead
(Valerie Harper), the original celebrity bad girl, who was called into a
sound studio to re-record ('or loop') one line from her final film 'Die,
Die, My Darling.' The session was to have only taken five minutes, but
instead lasted well over eight hours. Southern, but by no means a belle,
Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying
outshined even today's superstars, including innumerable affairs with male
and female celebrities and outlandish exploits that were even investigated
by the British secret service. Relish in the promiscuity, scandal and
outrageous wit of this sultry-voiced stage and film star."
In a statement Pasadena Playhouse
artistic director Sheldon Epps said, "The hugely enthusiastic response of
Playhouse audiences to Tea at Five a couple of seasons ago gives me
tremendous excitement about presenting the world premiere of Matthew's new
play focused on the life of the wonderfully theatrical and outrageous
Tallulah Bankhead. He has taken a true incident in this tremendous
character's life and theatricalizes that moment in time to examine her
life story with all of the expected humor, bawdiness, and good spirits. At
the same time his depiction of the great lady is also touching, emotional,
and very loving."
The creative team also includes Adrian W.
Jones (scenic design), Alex Jaeger (costume design), Michael Gilliam
(lighting design), Michael Hooker (sound design), Charles LaPointe (hair
and wig design), Lea Chazin (production stage manager) and Hethyr Verhoef
(assistant stage manager).
Playwright Matthew Lombardo has also
penned Tea at Five, Mother and Child and Guilty Innocence.
Pasadena Playhouse presents Looped
in association with Tony Cacciotti and David Steiner.
Show times are Tuesday-Friday at 8 PM,
Saturday at 4 and 8 PM and Sunday at 2 and 7 PM.
The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39
South El Molino Avenue in Pasadena. Tickets, priced $32-$65, are available
by calling (626) 356-PLAY or by visiting
San Bernardino County Sun