New Comedy about the Legendary Tallulah Bankhead
Closes Ensembles First Season at the New Vic
Santa Barbara CA — Ensemble Theatre Company’s final production of its 2013-14 Season in the New Vic will be the hilarious new comedy Looped, by Matthew Lombardo, author of ETC’s hit play Tea at Five. Based on a real event, this brazenly funny show reveals a little-known incident involving the internationally-celebrated Tallulah Bankhead. Starring as the flamboyantly eccentric actress will be movie, television, and stage actor Diane Louise Salinger, under the direction of Emmy Award-winner Glenn Jordan. This irreverent comedy will run from July 10–27, 2014. Opening night is Saturday, July 12.
Looped takes place in the summer of 1965, when a boozed-up Ms. Bankhead needed eight hours to redub—or loop—one line of dialogue for what turned out to be her last film, the 1965 horror flick, Die! Die! My Darling! Things are not easy for poor Danny Miller, who's had the good fortune to be chosen to direct that particular sound editing session.
"Tallulah Bankhead was an unforgettable star and I feel this entertaining comedy captures her unique vitality and wit," says director Glenn Jordan. "It’s unusual for a play to be both funny and touching, and I think Looped’s leading lady embodies both of these qualities in abundance."
Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968) was the outspoken, reckless and blowsy film and stage star whose famous roles include Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, Regina in The Little Foxes and Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Her manner was so arch that people often thought she was British; she was, in fact, a native of Alabama. She was nominated for a Best Actress Tony in 1961 for the play Midgie Purvis. She appeared in over twenty movies, including Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, for which she was awarded the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.
Mr. Jordan’s directing career began in the theatre and continued in feature films and television. For his over fifty movies and mini-series for television, he has won many awards, including six Emmys. Mr. Jordan has made his home in Santa Barbara for 34 years and joined ETC's Board of Directors in 2007, becoming a vital component in the New Vic building endeavor.
Ms. Salinger has performed Shakespeare, Chekhov, and O'Neill at such prestigious theaters as the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep., A.C.T., Denver Theatre Center, and Williamson Theatre. She began her film career as Simone in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and later reunited with Paul Reubens in Batman Returns in 1992. She played the recurring character Apollonia, the fortune teller, in HBO's cult hit "Carnivale" to great acclaim. Other movies include Woody Allen’s' Alice, Clint Eastwood's Bird, Sidney Lumet's The Morning After, as well as two movies by Henry Jaglom, Just 45 Minutes from Broadway and Queen of the Lot, to name a few. A partial list of starring television appearances include "CSI," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "How I Met Your Mother," "Law and Order," "ER," "NYPD Blue," "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" (recurring) and "The Young and the Restless."
In the role of the uptight, yet awkwardly charming, film editor Danny Miller is Jon Levenson. A New York-based actor who has recently moved to the West Coast, he appeared on Broadway in The Normal Heart. Off-Broadway shows include Harold in the 40th anniversary revival of The Boys in the Band, Gaslight at the Irish Repertory Theatre, and Crime and Punishment. He has performed regionally at American Conservatory Theatre and the Arena Stage.Television appearances include "Modern Family" and “Guiding Light.”
In the role of Steve, the sound engineer, is Santa Barbara-based actor Brian Harwell, last seen playing Carl in ETC's hit production of Opus. He has performed in and directed numerous productions on the Central Coast during the past twelve years, earning several Indy Awards in the process.
Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theatre company. Under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC has attracted accomplished performing artists from around the country. The 2013-14 Season is the first in the New Vic, ETC’s newly renovated 294-seat performing arts venue. Season tickets are on sale now for their 2014-15 Season.
Performances for Looped run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 pm, with a Saturday 4:00 pm matinee performance on July 19 and a Tuesday 7:00 pm show on July 15. Youth tickets are available for age 29-and-under for only $20.00 each. Single tickets are available through the ETC box office at (805) 965-5400, or online at etcsb.org. For group sales information, please call (805) 965-5400. The New Vic is located at 33 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara CA, 93101.