Tyne Daly and More Star in LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE Benefit Performance at Rubicon Theatre, 12/2
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by BWW News Desk
On Sunday, December 2, Rubicon Theatre Company will present a benefit performance of Love, Loss, and What I Wore with a star-studded cast of women including Emmy and Tony-winner Tyne Daly, Amy Peitz and Amanda McBroom.
Rubicon's production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore is directed by Rubicon Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan, a childhood and lifelong friend of the Ephron sisters. Jenny has directed more than a dozen productions at Rubicon (including The Rainmaker, Steel Magnolias, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Hamlet). Jenny’s extensive credits also include six seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Off-Broadway and Pasadena Playhouse. Jenny directed the West Coast premiere of Love, Loss, and What I Wore to critical acclaim at the Geffen in Los Angeles with a rotating cast that featured actresses Rita Wilson, Rhea Perlman and Tyne Daly. In addition to Tyne Daly, Amanda McBroom and Amy Pietz, Rubicon’s production will feature two other soon-to-be-announced celebrity actresses.
Proceeds from Love, Loss, and What I Wore will provide seed funding for the Micheline Sakharoff Fund for Women Artists, a newly established fund to support the work of women directors, designers, actors and musicians at Rubicon. Micheline will be honored at the performance kicking off the campaign drive which will begin on December 2 and end in late spring at Rubicon’s 15th Anniversary Gala on April 6, 2013 during which Ms. Sakharoff’s 90th birthday will also be celebrated.
In addition to the performance of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, all audience members are invited to attend a pre-show champagne reception at 12:00 noon in Rubicon’s Laby Hall, with live music by concert pianist Miriam Arichea. Attendees may purchase raffle tickets or participate in a silent auction which will include clothing and apparel from designer boutiques, accessory stores and department stores.
Micheline Sakharoff is a long-time donor and supporter of Rubicon and a member of the Rubicon Board of Directors. She has been a Season Sponsor of Rubicon for 11 years and has also supported a number of specific productions, including the upcoming Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson, and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Micheline championed and helped program Rubicon’s BeckettFest, during which the entire Beckett canon was presented on stage or film throughout Downtown Ventura over a six-week period, along with workshops and seminars.
Born in Paris, France, Micheline studied at the Sorbonne before moving to America to marry Albert Sakharoff, a decorated war veteran whom she met the day after the liberation of France. The couple moved to California, first to the Los Angeles area and then to Ventura. Micheline completed her graduate studies at UCLA and was a professor of literature and French language at California State University Northridge for 25 years before retirement.
The 1:00 p.m. matinee will be dedicated to another local woman known for her dramatic flair and elegant attire – Ojai volunteer and community activist Lynn Taylor, who died earlier this year from cancer. Contributions to the Micheline Sakharoff Fund for Women Artists can also be made in honor of Lynn Taylor.
The throughline of Love, Loss and What I Wore is narrated by Gingy, a wise older woman who reminisces about what she wore at milestones in her life—complete with sketches of the styles.
Says Director Sullivan, “Like a long heart-to-heart with your best friend over coffee, the conversation meanders from a bittersweet story of a stepmother wearing the same style bathrobe as her husband’s late wife (to the dismay of the children), to a couple’s musings of what they wore on their wedding day, to a rant about loathing the need to carry a purse.” With odes to black clothing, Madonna-wannabe-attire, cowboy boots and outfits that make mothers cringe, Love, Loss and What I Wore is unabashedly girly—in a good way.
Lighthearted and witty, Love, Loss and What I Wore is perfect for a girls night out or date night. Marilyn Stasio of Variety described the play as, "A great girly show. Impeccable timing and droll delivery."
A good choice for a special mother-daughter event, Love, Loss and What I Wore is recommended for those 13 and older.
Amy Pietz played the role of Annie Spadaro in the NBC sitcom “Caroline in the City,” which aired from 1995 to 1999. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for the role in 1999. She starred as Charlie in the ABC sitcom "Rodney" which debuted in 2004, Franny Tolchuck in "Aliens in America" in 2007, and MerEdith King in "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" in 2011. Pietz has made guest appearances on "Ally McBeal," "Burn Notice," "The Drew Carey Show," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Bones," "Trust Me," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Office," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Closer."
In February and March of 2009, Daryl Roth produced the play for seven Monday night readings benefitting the charity organization Dress for Success. Each of the seven readings featured a different cast and was held at the Off-Off-Broadway DR2 Theatre. The play officially opened Off-Broadway on October 1, 2009 at The Westside Theatre. The production continued to benefit Dress for Success, with Daryl Roth and Alexander Fraser producing and Karen Lynn Carpenter at the helm. The production ran, with different casts performing for separate 4-week runs enabling incredible actresses in high demand to participate despite very tight schedules.
Love, Loss and What I Wore was next produced at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, where it ran from May 12 through November 19, 2010. Continuing with the tradition of rotating casting with Jenny Sullivan at the helm, the production broke the Geffen’s box office records.
During the show's run, the production welcomed actresses including Kristin Chenoweth, Rosie O'Donnell, Brooke Shields, Alexis Bledel, Doris Roberts, Katie Finneran, Natasha Lyonne, Jane Lynch, Sherri Shepherd, Rachael Harris, Didi Conn, Rhea Pearlman, Melissa Joan Hart, Rita Wilson, Orfeh, AnnaLynne McCord, Haylie Duff, Fran Drescher, Judy Gold, Anne Meara, Minka Kelly, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Marla Maples, Erin Dilly, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Victoria Clark, Margaret Colin, Katrina Bowden, La La Anthony, Tichina Arnold, Donna McKechnie and more.
The original Off-Broadway production was met with unanimous critical acclaim. The production won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and won the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite New Off-Broadway Play. Several performances also garnered critical acclaim, with Tyne Daly and Rosie O’Donnell earning 2010 Drama League Award nominations for Distinguished Performance.
VIP Patron tickets for the benefit are $150 each and include a pre-show champagne reception, premium seating, a commemorative autographed program and a post-show wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with the actresses at the beautiful home of Doug Halter and Randy Encinas. Regular tickets for the general public are $85 each and include pre-show champagne reception and reserved seating.
Some of the auction items may be viewed online starting November 20 at www.rubicontheatre.org. For tickets or reservations, call (805) 667-2900. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.rubicontheatre.org.