Concealing Judy Holliday

Concealing Judy Holliday It's a tragedy with comic elements.

CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY is a highly theatrical, hallucinatory and expressionistic play, which speculates what may have been going through the mind of the Academy Award winning actress in the last days of her life as she succumbed to cancer. Famous for playing dumb blondes, Holliday had an IQ of 172, but spent much of her life concealing her true self in order to keep the people in her life happy (her unstable mother, her insecure husband). She even "played dumb" in order to survive the Senate Internal Security Sub-committee's interrogation about being a communist. She also saw her ambitions of being considered a great actress derailed by a public that saw her only as a clown. On the surface, the play is the story of a woman who was never what she appeared - or perhaps wished - to be. However, the piece is also a meditation on what it means to die - and the questions one must answer and come to terms with, before it's too late. But it's funny. The play is written by Wendy Johnson, who also brilliantly acts in the title role. She's surrounded by a terrific cast of six actors (Dan Cole, Melody Doyle, Terrance Elton, Alex Fernandez and Sarah Zinsser) who play dozens of characters in Judy's life - from Groucho Marx to Laurette Taylor, to Tallulah Bankhead. Included in the cast is our Artistic Director, Marilyn Fox, who is hilarious and heartbreaking as Judy's wacky, pill-popping mother Helen. Directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos Produced by Keith Stevenson Scenic and Lighting Design by Norman Scott Sound Design by Edan Freiberger and John Masline Original Music Composed by Edan Freiberger Stage Manager/Light and Sound Operator Rick Garrison Running thru July 29th Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm Sundays @ 3pm TICKETS $20-$28 For tickets call 310-822-8392 Or buy online at www.pacificresidenttheatre.com

Congratulations to our own Wendy Johnson for this well deserved recognition as both playwright and actor for CONCEALING ...
01/07/2013
THE 22nd ANNUAL TICKETHOLDER AWARDS, 2012 - by Travis Michael Holder

Congratulations to our own Wendy Johnson for this well deserved recognition as both playwright and actor for CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY!

We're always happy to give Backstage theater critic, Travis Michael Holder a platform to announce his TicketHolder Awards, we are nothing if not a worthy platform. Travis' awards are always varied and eclectic and this year is no different. So without further blethering from me, here they are, with ...

FINAL FOUR SHOWS!!!!Thurs, Fri & Sat, July 26th, 27th & 28th at 8PMSun, July 29th at 3PM.Don't let this beautiful show g...
07/25/2012
Pacific Resident Theater

FINAL FOUR SHOWS!!!!

Thurs, Fri & Sat, July 26th, 27th & 28th at 8PM
Sun, July 29th at 3PM.

Don't let this beautiful show go without experiencing it!

Pacific Resident Theater – Celebrating 26 years in Venice, California’s arts district

Excellent review of JUDY in LA Stage WATCH!!"Johnson’s play places the star on her (very premature) deathbed and then ...
07/24/2012
Bard Blast Part 2 — West Side Story and Other Variants | LA STAGE TIMES

Excellent review of JUDY in LA Stage WATCH!!

"Johnson’s play places the star on her (very premature) deathbed and then takes us into her drug-induced memories and biographical fantasies, with a much more elastic and theatrical touch than many a conventional showbiz bio... It’s an engaging journey..."

-Don Shirley

Last week I wrote about the major productions in the 2012 edition of LA’s annual midsummer Bard blast. Most of these shows (with one exception) still bear the credit “by William Shakespeare”. This week let’s look at LA’s summertime fare that was inspired by Shakespeare or at least uses some Shakespe...

Just 6 more chances to see this amazing show - Don't let it pass you by!
07/21/2012
Pacific Resident Theater

Just 6 more chances to see this amazing show - Don't let it pass you by!

Pacific Resident Theater – Celebrating 26 years in Venice, California’s arts district

Our 'JUDY IN BLACKOUT' story is getting traction. Here it is on the home page of Bitter Lemons -
07/16/2012
The Enduring Spirit of Live Theater

Our 'JUDY IN BLACKOUT' story is getting traction. Here it is on the home page of Bitter Lemons -

Postal Workers got nothin' on Theater Workers. Through rain or sleet or snow...or power outages. Snagged this baby from BigCheap: Last night, with 5 minutes...

07/13/2012

Last night, with 5 minutes left to go in our performance of CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY at PRT - the power went out over a large section of Venice. The actors and the audience were left in total darkness.
After a brief moment of confusion, and making sure everyone was alright, I presented the audience with two options - they could accept what had happened and go home or... we could continue in an unorthodox manner. They were enthusiastic in their insistence that we finish the show.
So with our wonderful stage manager Rick Garrison standing on the apron of the playing space, and with the help of the audience holding up their own personal devices, we performed the end of our play - illuminated only by the glow of cellphones. No sound cues or stage lights - just a bunch of committed people together in a dark room telling a story.
For those of you who work in the theatre, or any performing art, I hope that one day something like this happens to you -so that you can experience the humble thrill that we experienced last night.

PS - If you own an iPhone, and you have not yet downloaded the Flashlight app, I strongly recommend that you do so. It's very useful.

PPS - Thanks to Joan Chodorow, Dan Cole, Melody Doyle, Terrance Elton, Wendy Johnson, Sarah Zinsser, Pacific Resident Theatre and that awesome audience.

It's sometimes hard to put into words what one's play is and what it's about. We're thankful to Jason Rohrer of Stage an...
07/10/2012
Los Angeles Theater Review: CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY (Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice)

It's sometimes hard to put into words what one's play is and what it's about. We're thankful to Jason Rohrer of Stage and Cinema for putting it so eloquently:

"Theatricality is not its own reward, but it is the nature of good theater. PRT here delivers a sensationally moving interpretation of some historical moments that deserve celebration. This story in pastiche of a genius whose career was derailed by injustice, of a woman whose romances were unlike fairy tales, of an artist disallowed from achieving her potential, needs telling and seeing. PRT has done the telling; the rest is up to you."

Thanks Jason!

If you really never cared about Judy Holliday, because you only know her from grating performances in unsophisticated 50’s movies, you’re not alone. (Turns out she may have hated them more than I.) And I was warned that Concealing Judy Holliday is built upon the somewhat familiar premise of a deat...

Production Stills from CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY, Pacific Resident Theatre, 2012
07/07/2012

Production Stills from CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY, Pacific Resident Theatre, 2012

Here's another nice review in the LA Weekly!
07/07/2012
Pacific Resident Theater

Here's another nice review in the LA Weekly!

Pacific Resident Theater – Celebrating 26 years in Venice, California’s arts district

"There’s a lot of laughter here in the face of tragedy, and a sour reminder that hurt can come without cause or concer...
07/07/2012
Pacific Resident Theater

"There’s a lot of laughter here in the face of tragedy, and a sour reminder that hurt can come without cause or concern.
Ms. Johnson seized the moment of those terrible trials, duly refreshing a terrible memory with adept and still terrifying reality. Wow."

Madeline Shaner, Park La Brea News/Beverly Press

Pacific Resident Theater – Celebrating 26 years in Venice, California’s arts district

CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY at PRT has been extended thru July 29th!
07/07/2012
Pacific Resident Theatre Extends CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY thru 7/29

CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY at PRT has been extended thru July 29th!

The Pacific Resident Theatre is extending the World Premiere of Concealing Judy Holliday, by Wendy Johnson, now playing on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.; Sundays at 3:00 P.M. through Sunday, June 24, 2012. The play is extending for an additional five weeks through Sunday, July 29, 20...

"See this while you can - it's fun, informative and sad. Great theatre, in fact."Dale Reynolds, Stage Happenings
07/07/2012
Concealing Judy Holliday

"See this while you can - it's fun, informative and sad. Great theatre, in fact."

Dale Reynolds, Stage Happenings

The late actress Judy Holliday (née Tuvim) died of breast cancer in 1965, just short of her 44th birthday. She was a Broadway star who was given a surprise Oscar gift in 1951 for her starring role (opposite William Holden) in “Born Yesterday,” as Billy Dawn, the template for the “dumb blonde.” ...

Thanks to Jason Rohrer of Stage and Cinema for this lovely review!
07/07/2012
Los Angeles Theater Review: CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY (Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice)

Thanks to Jason Rohrer of Stage and Cinema for this lovely review!

If you really never cared about Judy Holliday, because you only know her from grating performances in unsophisticated 50’s movies, you’re not alone. (Turns out she may have hated them more than I.) And I was warned that Concealing Judy Holliday is built upon the somewhat familiar premise of a deat...

Wendy Johnson as Judy Holliday.
07/07/2012

Wendy Johnson as Judy Holliday.

Wendy Johnson and Marilyn Fox in CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY at Pacific Resident Theatre.
07/07/2012

Wendy Johnson and Marilyn Fox in CONCEALING JUDY HOLLIDAY at Pacific Resident Theatre.

Concealing Judy Holliday's cover photo
07/07/2012

Concealing Judy Holliday's cover photo

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07/07/2012

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