This weekend, the River District Theatre opens in Wausau their newest play, Gertrude Stein and A Companion. River District Theatre actors perform dramatic readings of plays utilizing minimal staging and lighting so that the words and the emotions of the actors stand on their own.
This is the love story of Gertrude Stein and Alice Babette Toklas. Most of all, this work is about Alice – the unsung heroine. Hemingway would not call Alice by name, but rather ‘a companion’. The outside world was led to believe that her personality was that of a mousy woman who took second place to the vibrant Gertrude. The play not only gives Alice her name but reveals her as she really was – a witty woman with a sharp brain and cutting tongue. Without Alice, Gertrude would have remained undiscovered.“The evening is a joy. Brisk, fun and literate.” – Gannett Newspapers. “An imaginative and compelling entertainment.” – Christian Science Monitor.
Alice B Toklas and Gertrude Stein were more than just companions, they were partners, confidants, and lovers. Some literary critics says that Stein would have been mostly unnoticed if it weren’t for the help of Toklas. More of the relationship of Alice B Toklas and Gertrude Stein can be found here:
Acting as Stein’s confidante, lover, cook, secretary, muse, editor, critic, and general organizer, Toklas remained a background figure, chiefly living in the shadow of Stein, until Stein published her memoirs in 1933 under the teasing title The Autobiography of Alice. B Toklas. It became Stein’s bestselling book. The two were a couple until Gertrude Stein’s death in 1946.
River District Theatre presents – Gertrude Stein and A Companion
by Win Wells
Starring Mary Ann Crosby and Lisa Burgess.
Dates: Friday and Saturday Sep 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm, Sunday Sep 16 at 3pm
Place: The YWCA 613 Fifth Street in Wausau
Cost: $10 reserve by phone or pick up tickets @ Art, Books & Banter 614 3rd St. or $13 @ the door
Refreshments included – No one turned away due to lack of funds
Sep 14 at 6:30 pm Opening night Special Reception to benefit the YWCA – Limit 20 at $20 with both Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas before the show with wine, hors d’oeuvres & preferred seating.