Shadows by Margo MacDonald
This is a lost story. This is a true story.
In 1930s New York, Eva Le Gallienne (the English-born, RADA-trained, queen of the American stage) is at the height of her career when she is outed in the press as a lesbian. She escapes to a country retreat with her lover, Josephine Hutchinson, only to be disfigured and nearly killed in a terrible explosion. The story slips back and forth in time as Eva struggles with art, disfigurement, alcoholism, sexuality, and acceptance. She battles with Broadway and critics alike, along with her personal demons—while producing some of the finest theatre New York has ever seen. Through it all, she’s tormented by the overwhelming question: If her public and private battles destroy her happiness but nourish her art, will it have been worth it?
This multi-award winning play by Canadian playwright Margo MacDonald has been called “sexy and smouldering” by Mooney on Theatre, “stylish and elegant…a work of art” by CBC Radio, and “sumptuous and gripping” by the Capital Critics’ Circle.
Cast in alphabetical order
Director Peta Lily
Associate Producer Titus A.
Where to find us
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
London WC1E 6ED
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