HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

Solo Play | Comedy | Drama | Storytelling • Running Time: 75 mins
Writer, Solo Performer Heather Massie | Cape Town Director Matthew Kalil | NYC Director & Artistic Consultation Blake Walton | Artistic Consultation Leslie Kincaid Burby | Projection Design Jim Marlowe & Charles Marlowe | Sound Design Jacob Subotnick | Dialect Coach Page Clements | Technical Assistant Dan Leary

The Award-Winning, Critically-Acclaimed NYC Solo Show in its South African Debut!

A True Story of Hollywood Glamour & Scientific Genius
Written & Performed by Heather Massie
Cape Town Director - Matthew Kalil

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. She invented Frequency Hopping and Spread Spectrum Technology that make the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there! 

“In Lily Tomlin-esque fashion … Massie channels the iconic star … vividly yet matter-of-factly, and often very humorously … In a balance of high energy and poise, Heather Massie is no less than captivating.” 

-- The Huffington Post

“Richly realized. Both convincingly real and larger than life … she has us thoroughly swept up.”
-- Blogcritics Magazine

“Highly entertaining ... compelling and humorous … considerable elegance and skill.”
– Splash Magazine 

“Lively and enlightening ... engaging performance.”
– Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Heather Massie has created a tribute to this amazing woman … And she does it well.”
– OffBrwy

“Gorgeous … Heather Massie is the image of Hedy Lamarr.”
– Total Theater

“Fantastic … A truly remarkable performance.”
-- Andy B Sports

“Remarkable … I congratulate chameleon Heather Massie.”
– Theatre in the Now

Audience Choice - IndyFringe, Indiana

Best Actress - Galway Fringe, Galway, Ireland

Audience Choice Award - Shenandoah Fringe, Virginia

Best Actress - SaraSolo Festival, Florida

Five Nominations Announced - Planet Connections Theatre Festivitiy, NYC

Official Selection - DivaFest, Indiana

Outstanding Actress in a Staged Reading - Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC

Festival Bestseller - United Solo Festival, NYC

Inaugural Artist-In-Residence - Grange Hall Cultural Center, Vermont

Heather Massie (Playwright / Solo Performer) is a NYC actor and writer. Originally from Virginia, she has always been fascinated by science, and seeks to marry her loves of science and art in the person of Hedy Lamarr. Massie studied Astrophysics at University of Virginia and Theatre Arts at the Virginia Tech School of the Arts. For HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, she was named the 2016 Outstanding Actress in a Staged Reading at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC; a Festival Bestseller at United Solo, NYC; Best Actress in the 2017 SaraSolo Festival, Sarasota; Best Actress in the 2017 Galway Fringe, Galway, Ireland; Audience Choice in the 2017 IndyFringe, Indianapolis, Indiana; and is sponsored by the US Embassy for the 2017 Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She has performed extensively in NYC, regionally, and internationally in Ireland, Ecuador, and St. Petersburg, Russia. NYC Theatre: Theatre Row, Signature Theatre, LaMaMa, Abingdon, WorkShop, NEC, The Lamb\'s Theatre, NyLon Fusion, Metropolitan Playhouse. Jean Dalrymple Best Supporting Actress Award for The Queen’s Knight. Regional Theatre: Mill Mountain Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Nearly Naked Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Southwest Shakespeare, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, California Theatre Center. Favorite roles: Rosalind - As You Like It, Jill - Equus, Sorel Bliss - Hay Fever, Rachel - Shmulnik\'s Waltz, Mina Loy - Mina, Carrie - Carousel, Cinderella - Into the Woods, and Eliza - My Fair Lady. www.heathermassie.com/hedy 

Matthew Kalil (Cape Town Director) Matthew Kalil’s work is marked by a deep understanding and inspired use of narrative, collaboration and subtext to distill sensitive performances and create meaningful cinema. He has an MA in Screenwriting from the Northern School of Film and Television (UK) and 20 years of experience in directing, editing and writing for film, as well as script editing, acting and coaching. Matthew Kalil’s projects and collaborations have been screened, broadcast and exhibited in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Thailand, the United States, United Kingdom, and throughout his home country, South Africa. Kalil has lectured at various institutions including the University of Cape Town, AFDA Film School and TISH, New York University. http://matthewkalil.com

Blake Walton (NYC Director & Artistic Consultation) is an award-winning actor director and playwright. His directing credits include: Ann Morrison in her solo plays Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway(“Best Actress Award”) and Word Painting (United Solo Festival, NY, Home Resource, and the 2015 SaraSolo Festival, Sarasota, FL); Clara Francesca in Becoming Mia Rose and Stephen K. Davis in The Birth Of Humor (both at the 2017 SaraSolo Festival). In New York: In The Moment for Variations Theater Group, and for The Chain, The XXX Scholar (“Best Supporting Actress Award”, “Best Actress Nom.”) and his own play The Better Man (Unchained Fest “Best Ensemble Award”, “Best Supporting Actress Award”, “Best Director Nom.”) at The Chain, and Amy Whitman’s solo performance Malibu Mornings for The Farrington Company. Associate Artistic Director of the SaraSolo Festival in Sarasota FL, he is a proud member of AEA and United Solo Academy.

Leslie Kincaid Burby (Artistic Consultation) NYIT Outstanding Director Award for WorkShop Theater\'s \"The Navigator\" (Eddie Antar). Production received 2 Drama Desk and 8 NYIT nominations, NY Times Critic\'s Pick. Winner 2016 NYC Fringe Overall Excellence Award for direction \"Zamboni\" (Sean-Patrick O\'Brien), production extended in Fringe Encore Series (SoHo Playhouse). At WorkShop Theater: \"Through the Darkness\" (Alan Breindel).

Jacob Subotnick (Sound Design) is an NYC based composer and sound designer who has designed over 90 Off and Off-Off Broadway productions. Selected Off-Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Masterworks Theater); Donkey Punch (SOHO Playhouse); InnerVoices 2014(TBG Theater); Any Given Monday (59E59). Selected Off-Off-Broadway: The Ballad of Rodrigo (Funny…Sheesh: Nominated for Outstanding Original Music NYITA 2015); Tulpa or Anne and Me (Winner: Outstanding Sound Design PCTF 2011) www.jacobsubotnick.com

Jim Marlowe & Charles Marlowe (Projection Design) together created the visual content for the Ego Actus productions of I Know What Boys Want and Moonage Daydream. Jim has presented James Cameron’s Expedition Bismarck in 3D HD at the National Museum of Natural History and HD backgrounds for the CBS series Hack. Jim has managed remote shoots of As the World Turns and Paula Zahn Now for CNN and Dave Matthews in Central Park. Charles is also an actor who especially enjoys improv.

Page Clements (Dialect Coach) teaches dialects & Shakespeare at the T. Schreiber Studio. Also an AEA actress and private coach. Her NYC productions as a dialect coach include: She Stoops to Conquer, Awake and Sing, Icebound, Summer and Smoke, Philadelphia Here I Come, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bedfroom Farce, Doubt, A Taste of Honey, The Changing Room, Twelfth Night, and The Real Thing. To learn more about her DVDs see www.bestvocalwarmups.com for actors & public speakers.

Dan Leary (Technical Assistant) grew up on the outskirts of the mighty metropolis of Snowville, Virginia. An avid reader, he was once forbidden to bring books to school. Dan\'s thespian experiences include Pulaski County High School\'s Appalkids and the outdoor historical drama The Long Way Home. He acted in several of New River Stage\'s productions. A veteran of Uncle Sam\'s grand tour of the world, Dan now lives in Hiwassee with his son, an aging puppy, and a plethora of cats. For some unknown reason, his nieces and nephews refer to him as crazy uncle Danny. Dan plays upright bass in a variety of ever-changing old time and bluegrass bands as well as the New River Valley\'s soft rock band, Audio Rain.

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