Event tags: Art, Theater, Performance, Morongo Basin, Play, Georgia O'keeffe, Grove's Cabin, Steiglitz, Dolores Becker Trost
Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley is proud to debut “Georgia O’Keefe”, the latest in award-winning playwright Dolores Becker Trost’s series of plays on great artists.” The original play will open on Saturday, May 4, and be performed Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. for three weekends through Sunday, May 19.
Playwright/director/artist Dolores Becker-Trost, winner of Desert Theatre League (DTL) “Best Original Drama” awards for her plays “Vincent Van Gogh” in 2009 and “Picasso” in 2012, continues her series of plays on great artists with “Georgia O’Keeffe.” Like Van Gogh and Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe’s life reflected the struggle perhaps all true artists experience, the struggle to find their own unique artistic voice.
Born in Wisconsin in 1887, O’Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916 when her work was exhibited at famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 Gallery. They began corresponding and Stieglitz photographed O’Keeffe on her visits to New York, where she later moved in 1918 to live with Stieglitz. Their relationship led to marriage, and their life together had its share of heartaches and also many victories, as O’Keeffe rose to become known by the mid-1920s as one of America’s most important and successful artists. In 1929, seeking inspiration for her work, she began to spend a part of each year in New Mexico, where she eventually moved in 1949, three years after Stieglitz’s death. Georgia found much of the voice for her art in the beauty of New Mexico, where she continued to be productive. Even the loss of much of her sight through macular degeneration, did not defeat her; she lived to be 98, and she painted to the end.
Desert Theatre League Lifetime Achievement award winner Joy Groves plays Georgia O’Keeffe, and Alfred Stieglitz is portrayed by DTL Best Actor award winner Lloyd Steele. Sue Bradley, Anja Homberg, Velma Demaray, Scott Cutler, and Rhonda Petersen, who also serves as stage manager, complete the cast. Lighting is by Darin Eldridge and sound design by Wendy Cohen. In addition to directing her play, Ms. Becker-Trost created all of O’Keeffe’s artwork displayed.
Groves Cabin Theatre has won numerous Desert Theatre League awards for its high quality productions. The tiny 22-seat theater offers one of the most intimate theatrical experiences in the world—that experience having been described as being, “like being a fly on the wall, witnessing real live happening before my eyes.” The limited seating means early reservations are a must.
“Georgia O’Keeffe” plays Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. from Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, May 19. Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway). Tickets for all seats are $12. For additional information and reservations call: 760-365-4523; www.grovescabintheatre.org.
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