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September 26, 2007
'Vivien' clarifies

I recently reported here that the Sacramento Theatre Company has added a production of Rick Foster’s “Vivien” starring Janis Stevens to its Stage Two season, Dec. 12-Jan. 6.

While I stated the production was a “perennial” in Sacramento, Stevens has charmingly written to say that this will really only be the second local production in Sacramento.

“It has only been produced once before in Sacramento: at California Stage in the 2000 season, when it ran for two weeks in May and was then extended, after I returned from Maine that summer, for another six weeks in the same venue.”

(There have been, however, several other Northern California productions, including at the San Francisco Magic Theatre in 2001 and a production at the Mendocino Theatre Company in 2002.)

The production here will be directed by Peter Sander, Stevens’ long-time acting coach, who says she was instrumental in the production receiving its 2006 Drama Desk nomination.

Stevens also writes: “We are taking the show to the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. I will fly out to NYC the Sunday that I close 'Vivien' at STC’s Stage 2...and start rehearsing in Philadelphia on Jan. 8 for a preview on the 15th and official opening on the 17th. It will run at the Walnut Street through Feb. 3.”

Stevens says she and Sander also had a successful run of “Vivien” at Lost Nation Theatre in Montpelier, Vt., earlier this year and they’ve been asked back in May of 2008 to do Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”

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