Anais Nin: Woman of the Dream, written by Doraine Poretz, dramatizes one artist’s inner journey, emphasizing the unique challenges for the female artist, as she gains the courage to beat back her fears of criticism, publish her Diaries and follow her inner demands. It is a dream play, with no intermission, using liquid time as Nin moves back and forth from 1970’s Los Angeles. 1930’s Paris and 1940’s New York. The action takes place in Nin’s psyche, as aspects of her personality struggle to be heard and gain control. Linotte, Nin’s child self, does battle with her dark self: the seductive and manipulative June ; while memories of her egotistical father Joaquin, her passionate, macho lover Gonzalo and the irascible writer, Henry Miller, enter the fray, strongly influencing the artist’s choices. The musicality of the piece is enhanced by the various inner voices overlapping and interrupting the stream of Nin’s consciousness. Finally, Nin is victorious ,emerging from the solitary place of her imagination into the independent, gifted woman whose poetic voice would have a major impact on the women’s movement of the 1970’s as well as heralding a “new architecture for our lives, one with spirit, emotion.
Lorenda Starfelt, who recently passed on as a result of cancer, was a producer whose efforts in theatre and film as resulted in a fascinating body of work. Stage productions such as the acclaimed and internationally recognized 1997 LA presentation of Euripides' The Bacchae (nominated for three LA Weekly Theatre Awards), and 2003 staging of The Trojan Women (also by Euripides), Theatre of NOTE's critically acclaimed presentation of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, and a controversial multi-media production of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange (nominated for three LA Weekly Theatre Awards and winner of one), are all testament to her intelligence, drive and sense of cultural necessity.
Lorenda Starfelt's film work is also noteworthy, with three feature-length documentaries, SING*ularity, a film about the internationally recognized OperaWorks training program; The Audacity of Democracy, which covered the PUMA movement's advocacy of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Primary, and a still in post-production film which examines, most ironically, the American health care system. Dramatic feature films include a film adaptation of The Bacchae, and the award winning romantic comedy The Watermelon, and the musical film Beginning Blue, now in pre-production.
Anais Nin: Woman of the Dream was, at the time of her death, Lorenda Starfelt's very personal statement about a woman struggling to find her place in the arts. If you wish to honor Lorenda's life, we ask that you consider donating to this, her final theatrical production.
Our stated financial goal is $2,000. We kept the number fairly low because we didn't want to risk not hitting our goal and having to start all over again. Realistically, the project will need roughly $8,000 before all is said and done. The good news is that we intend to roll over the box office receipts and use what we wind up with to shoot Anais Nin: Woman of the Dream as a no-budget feature film - a follow-up of sorts to The Watermelon. Please help us.
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