Gertrude Stein and A Companion returns to the intimate theatre at Alexander Bar in Cape Town this month following a sold out run earlier this year.
This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between lifelong partners Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middle class America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other. Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, including titans of early 20th Century art and literature such as Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald, whom she counted as close friends, as well as other artists, writers and poets.
They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought frequently, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies. The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colourful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which playwright Win Wells has woven into an absorbing theatre piece.
Chris Weare directs two doyens of the South African stage, Shirley Johnston as Gertrude Stein and Lynita Crofford as Alice B Toklas in a poignant portrayal of Sapphic love spanning their lifetimes.
Gertrude Stein and A Companion is on now until Saturday 20th October at 7.00pm and tickets are R130 if booked online alexanderbar.co.za/show/getrudesteinandacompanion and R140 on collection at the door.
Alexander Bar & Café, 76 Strand Street (Corner Loop), Cape Town CBD, 8001
Telephone 021 300 1652
Open 7 days a week: Mon-Sat: 11am – 1am, Sun: 3pm – 12am.
Sandwiches, snacks and light meals served till midnight