FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cathy Johnson/Susan Claassen
Event: The Invisible Theatre Presents
A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD
Starring Susan Claassen as Edith Head
An Evening of Wit, Wisdom and a Whisper of Gossip!
Place: The Invisible Theatre
Tickets: $22 per person
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
Call (520) 882-9721 for reservations and information.
The Invisible Theatre presents Susan Claassen in A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD by Paddy Calistro and Susan Claassen. It is based on the book Edith Head’s Hollywood (E.P. Dutton, Inc. 1983) by Edith Head and Paddy Calistro. A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD, to be presented November 4-6, is a behind-the-scenes feast of great movie lore and delicious stories that provides insight into
Edith Head spent more than sixty years as a motion picture costume designer. Of those, forty-four years were spent at Paramount Studios. There she worked with the most famous actors of the time, from Mae West and Clara Bow to Grace Kelly, Anne Baxter, Audrey Hepburn and Bette Davis. When
Susan Claassen was inspired to write and star in the show while watching a television biography of Ms. Head. The petite, dark-haired actress immediately imagined herself playing Edith Head, “…a perfect fit,” as Claassen describes it. “I discovered that not only do I bear a striking resemblance to Edith Head, but we share the same love for clothes and fashion,” Claassen notes. Much of the dialogue in A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD comes directly from the famed designer. When she was asked to write the authorized posthumous autobiography, Edith Head’s Hollywood, Ms. Calistro acquired more than thirteen hours of recollections recorded by Edith Head, which she and Ms. Claassen painstakingly reviewed to gather the remarkable “Edithisms”-- as Ms. Head referred to her own sayings--that abound in the show. In addition, Claassen and Calistro collected insights from Hollywood insiders who knew Ms. Head best: costume designer Bob Mackie, who once worked Ms. Head's sketch artist; her dear friend Edie Wasserman, wife of the late Universal Studio head Lew Wasserman; and Art Linkletter, award-winning host of House Party, the daytime television show of the 1950s that brought Edith Head into the homes of
A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD, based on the play SKETCHES–EDITH HEAD'S HOLLYWOOD by Paddy Calistro, Carol Calkins and Susan Claassen, is produced through special arrangement with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Motion Picture and Television Fund. The original play, SKETCHES–EDITH HEAD'S HOLLYWOOD, premiered to critical acclaim and a sold-out extended run at the Invisible Theatre in
SUSAN CLAASSEN is celebrating her thirty-first anniversary with the Invisible Theatre (IT) and has been a resident of
PADDY CALISTRO is considered one of the leading authorities on Edith Head and is the
co-author of Edith Head's posthumous autobiography Edith Head’s Hollywood. The only authorized biography of the world’s most famous costume designer, the book was the first of several books written by Paddy Calistro. She was selected as Ms. Head’s official biographer based on her experience as a fashion journalist. A former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times in the fashion and beauty department, Paddy wrote the weekly “Looks” column featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine for four years as well as contributing several feature articles to the daily Times and its weekly magazine. She also was the West Coast reporter for Allure from its inception. Additionally, she contributed to Glamour, Mademoiselle, House Beautiful, Elle,
Four Seasons Magazine and frequently to Fitness and
Call the Invisible Theatre at (520) 882-9721, Tuesday through Friday from 10-4 for reservations and ticket information or stop by the office at 1400 N.
EDITH HEAD'S GOD-DAUGHTER TO ATTEND PERFORMANCE Edith Head's goddaughter. Melissa Gel, will be traveling to
OF A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD
EDITH HEAD'S GOD-DAUGHTER TO ATTEND PERFORMANCE
Edith Head's goddaughter. Melissa Gel, will be traveling to
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