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Who do You Cast in Star Wars: The Play? A Pair of Feuding Hollywood ... Legends!

By James Kirkwood •
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Posted: 4/24/2012

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As the police officer (Gene Haslett) tries to figure out who is responsible for all the damage to the apartment, former movie stars and lifetime enemies Leatrice Monsee (Patty Thiel, left) and Sylvia Glenn (Barbara Messmer, right) are about to go at each other again, oblvious to the effect some strange brownies are having on producer Martin Klemmer as the maid, Aretha Thomas (Betty Cummings) realizes what is about to happen in the Arden Playhouse production of LEGENDS! Photos by Michael Messmer.

See what happens when two aging movie stars, who hate each other with a vengeance, are forced to work together in a new Broadway play. Sacramento community theater veterans Barbara Messmer and Patty Thiel make the wigs fly in this hilarious play. Joining them are Betty Cummings, Scott Plotkin, Gene Haslett, and Keith Goings in this finely written comedy by James Kirkwood, the author of P.S. Your Cat Is Dead and A Chorus Line.

Legends! is a story about bitter rivals. They have stolen roles, Oscars, and husbands from each other over their long association. Now, due to personal circumstances, they are brought together to cooperate on a Broadway project offered to them by a seedy producer whose only show of note is an off-Broadway hit called Craps! Eager beaver producer Martin Klemmer, a wheeler-dealer if ever there was one, has uncovered a terrific commercial script – Star Wars: The Play. Since he has produced only one Off-Broadway project, Martin’s phone calls are not being returned by the powerful Broadway magnates capable of getting this play to the Great White Way. Martin needs names, names like film legends Sylvia Glenn and Leatrice Monsee, for the leads. If Martin can sign them, he can get the money. Unfortunately, they hate each other. Will Martin be able to resolve this titanic dilemma? Will ‘Star Wars: The Play’ hit the big time? And, if Sylvia and Leatrice do agree to appear together, will Paul Newman sign on, too?

Legends! is directed by Blake Flores. Blake has been acting, directing and producing in local community theater for over thirty years. He began his directorial endeavors in 1987 with the Volcano Theatre Company’s production of Fred Carmichael’s Done To Death. He has since directed over 30 local productions, including Jack Sharkey’s Who’s On First? at Big Idea Theatre, which he co-founded in 2003. Most recently, he has directed Oatmeal and Kisses at Arden Playhouse.

Legends! opens on Friday, May 4, 2012 with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm through June 16. Sunday matinees are at 2pm on Mother’s Day, May 13 and May 27, 2012.

All tickets are $15 with a reservation and $18.00 at the door. (Cash or check only.)

Tickets can be reserved by calling (916) 332-2582.

Arden Playhouse is located at 5640 Roseville Road, Suite D, Sacramento, and seats 150.

Arden Playhouse is a community theater dedicated to continuing its tradition of presenting entertainment in a casual setting.

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