The Broad Stage Gala Preview
Thanks to Lisa See and Richard Kendall, who opened their Brentwood home to supporters of The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, some lucky gala-goers got to preview “Feast & Frolic,” the theater’s annual winter celebration, which will take place Nov. 12. See is the author of “Shanghai Girls,” “Dreams of Joy” and other best-selling novels; Kendall is an attorney.
This year’s gala will include the Opening Night performance of “The Comedy of Errors” by the acclaimed Shakepeare’s Globe Theatre company, followed by an Elizabethan feast and other festivities. Gala chair Roseanne Ziering said guests are welcome to come in costume. And for those so inclined, the invitation provides pictures of typical Elizabethan garb and names of costume shops.
Between the hors d’oeuvres and gourmet dinner al fresco at the Oct. 16 preview, Dale Franzen – The Broad’s artistic director – described the notion of romantic love in Shakespeare’s time. She explained how Shakespeare used music and songs in all his plays and then joined lute player Daniel Zuluaga for a suite of sixteenth century songs, which ended with “Shall I Come Sweet Love to Thee,” an Elizabethan love song. (Prior to becoming founding director of The Broad Stage, Franzen had been a professional opera singer.)
Actor Phillip Battley, a member of the London cast, talked of the philosophy of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which offers productions in the style of sixteenth century England – no fancy sets, costumes or theatrical lighting – with the actors speaking directly to and engaging the audience as they had in Shakespeare’s time. For the benefit of the attorneys at the party, he said Shakespeare presented the first production of “The Comedy of Errors” to a group of lawyers. He then said it ran one night only.
A classic take on the theme of mistaken identities, the play has since been adapted for opera, stage, screen and musical theater.
In addition to Ziering, See and Kendall, the Feast & Frolic committee includes Edythe and Eli Broad, Lisa and Dustin Hoffman, Virginia and Austin Beutner, Lisa See and Richard Kendall, Jill Baldauf, Laurie Benenson, Alison Bryan Crowell, Jennifer Diener, Mary Hayley, Beth Kaplan Karmin, Sarah Ketterer, Ginny Mancini, Eric Small, Eva Stern and Susan Stockel.
Gala tickets are priced at $1,000 each. For more information, click here or call 310 434-3200.
Photo, above: hosts Richard Kendall and author Lisa See opened their home for The Broad Stage Gala preview for patrons (photo credit: Angela Weiss/ WireImage, courtesy of The Broad Stage)
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Published Nov. 1, 2011 – Society News LA