An intimate portrayal of a great matriarch Rose Kennedy, who buried several of her sons in office, was presented at Theatre 40 as a fundraiser to a well filled audience. The Color or Rose takes us from the early days of her childhood, marriage to Joe Kennedy, her times in the wars, the birth of her children and her hopes and dreams, this riveting performance was presented without intermission.
Even as the actresses spoke the words, we could feel the mother’s sorrow and the nation’s sorrow at JKF’s death and his brother, Bobby. We experienced her distress with Teddy over Chappaquiddick and her passion for the country. Having gone from gas lights and cobble brick walks to freeways and space walks, Rose had experienced more than many people do in a lifetime.
Young Rose Kennedy dreamed big but she never would have imagined herself becoming an icon of mother hood. Events in her life – tragedies and joys – branded her face into the American psyche. It was only with her faith and love of family that she was able to go forward, endure and inspire the nation.
The views of Rose from different aspects of her life was a unique twist to a biography and well done. Despite it being a staged reading, it felt more like an established play.
Directed by Mark L Taylor, written by actress Katherine Bates, who plays the middle aged Rose, accompanied by Meredith Bishop (young Rose) and joined by esteemed actress Gloria Stroock as the older Rose, the Color of Rose was produced and conceived by Chuck Fries. Chuck, a well known Hollywood producer, has had his hands in numerous television and feature projects over the past six decades. Along with David Hunt Stafford, Chuck wrote “We’ll Never Be Young Again- The last Days of John F. Kennedy.”
Prepared for Theatre 40 by David Hunt Stafford, it was stage managed by Rachel Manheimer and sound was designed by Bill Froggatt.
Theatre 40 is housed at the Beverly Hills High School on Moreno, off Little Santa Monica and is accessed off the garage. An award winning professional company, it often presents Los Angeles premiere. Easily accessible for wheelchairs, it’s one of the best kept secrets in town. The remainder of the 2009-2010 season will provide such plays as The Ice-Breaker, Southern Comforts, The Clean House and The Drawer Boys. All plays are performed Wednesday-Saturday nights at 8 pm.
For reservation to these future plays call 310 364 0535 or www.theatre40.org
For more information about the Color of Rose, contact Chuck Fries at [email protected]