Gertrude Stein and A Companion

Drama • Running Time: 70 mins
Directed by Chris Weare | Written by Win Wells | Performed by Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston | Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French .SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
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, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among 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 often, 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 Wells has woven into an absorbing theatre piece.   

Press & Reviews

  • Tue 19th Jun 2018 Blogs

    "Gertrude was alive in Shirley Johnston. Sassy as all hell, yet vulnerable (as only pioneering artists and change-makers can be)"

    "The two doyens of the South African Stage were magnificent and flawless. A triumph, really."

    "Do go see it. It’s a performance masterclass."   

    A REVIEW: GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION by SAMANTHA GRAY




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