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HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR

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HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR
Written & Performed by HEATHER MASSIE

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 makes 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!
Fresh from tours in the US, Ireland, Zimbabwe and around South Africa, actor and writer HEATHER MASSIE brings HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR to Sandton for a limited two week run!

The show features the unexpected scientific genius of Hollywood screen star and inventor Hedy Lamarr. Known as 'the most beautiful woman in the world', Lamarr also invented technology for torpedoes during WWII that is now used in cell phones, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Written and performed by HEATHER MASSIE, its mission is to inspire audiences to find ways to make the world a better place, to encourage young women in science and technology, and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a role model for intelligence and ingenuity. 

Massie has toured the show throughout the United States, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sweden, and Italy to theatres, festivals, science centres, technology conferences, universities, schools, and museums, garnering 12 awards and critical acclaim.  It has featured aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC; at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland for the Inspirefest 2018 technology conference; and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, both sponsored by the US Embassy Zimbabwe. Earlier this year Ms. Massie presented the show in Rome, Italy with the OnStage! Festival, followed by a tour of four theatres in the Counties of Kerry, Limerick and Cork in Ireland. 

“Captivating” – The Huffington Post
“Effervescent” - Silicon Republic 
“Fascinating” - Belfast Times
“Highly inventive” - The Irish News
“Richly realized” - Blogcritics Magazine 
“Highly entertaining” - Splash Magazine
“Magnetic performance” - Theater Scene
“Exceptionally talented” - MD Theatre Guide
“Lively & enlightening” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Remarkable” - Theatre in the Now
“Gorgeous” - Total Theater

12 International Awards Including:
Best Actress - Galway Fringe, Ireland
Outstanding Performance - Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC
Audience Choice - IndyFringe, Indiana
Best Actress - SaraSolo Festival, Florida
Audience Choice - Shenandoah Fringe, Virginia
Festival Bestseller - United Solo Festival, NYC
US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant - Intwasa Arts Festival, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
US Embassy Zimbabwe Grant - Harare International Festival of the Arts, Harare, Zimbabwe


About HEATHER MASSIE

Blacksburg, VA native, and NYC-based writer & performer Heather Massie studied Astrophysics with dreams of becoming an astronaut before studying Theatre Arts in the Virginia Tech School of the Arts and becoming a professional actress. She now marries her loves of art and science in the person of actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr, in her solo show HEDY! THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR. As Hedy she interacts with the audience and plays the 33 other characters in Hedy’s story including Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis and Louis B. Mayer. Through the show she seeks to encourage young women in science and technology, to empower women, and to inspire audiences to find ways to make the world a better place. She has toured the world with the show garnering 12 awards and critical acclaim. She brings the show to theatres, festivals, science centers, technology conferences, museums, universities, schools, libraries, Jewish centers, & cultural and scientific organizations throughout the United States and around the world. This is the first in her planned trilogy of solo plays celebrating women in science.

Times: Tuesday – Friday @ 20:15 and Saturday @ 18:00 and 20:15

 

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After a successful run in 2018, FAWLTY FLOWERS returns for a short two week run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.

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ABOUT US


CELEBRATE 22 YEARS OF FINE THEATRE at the AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE!

AUTO & GENERAL EXTENDS ITS SPONSORSHIP/NAMING RIGHTS FOR SANDTON’S THEATRE ON THE SQUARE FOR ANOTHER YEAR!

Daphne Kuhn, who established the Theatre on the Square in Rosebank in 1994, and then in Sandton in 1997, is very excited and proud to announce that its sponsorship by insurance giant, Auto & General Insurance, has been extended for another year.  This was announced during the 22nd birthday celebrations of the theatre last week.
 
“This association and investment in the theatre will be an injection of much needed funding for development - and fuel for creativity! The theatre has provided the infrastructure, work opportunities and exposure for scores of actors, writers, directors, designers, comedians, musician and technicians. It has produced or presented over 2500 new productions and concerts in the last two decades, as well as children’s theatre, workshops, corporate events, regular jazz and weekly lunch hour classical concerts. The theatre has been acknowledged with awards bearing witness to its huge contribution to the cultural life of South African”, says Kuhn.
 
According to Tom Creamer, CEO of Auto & General Insurance, “We are thrilled to support the Theatre on the Square.  We hope that our sponsorship will assist in nurturing, developing and exposing the wealth of proudly South African talent and product.”
 
The Auto & General Theatre on the Square has not only been blessed with a supportive sponsor, but with a theatre angel too - Carolyn Steyn, the founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day. With her impeccable style and theatre background, Carolyn also initiated and managed the refurbishment of the theatre and is the official Patron of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.
 
 “We have a, a dynamic line-up of new, local and international plays, including comedies, classical music, jazz and youth projects with our wealth of incredible South African talent to uplift the cultural life of all. We shall now be able to continue to stage plays, inimitable satire, consummate performances, finest music and be an important theatrical voice that reflects on our lives and attitudes in South Africa,” concludes Kuhn.



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The Auto & General Theatre on the Square, BASA AWARD WINNER 2014, has garnered many awards and nominations for theatre excellence. The theatre is a popular and unique venue. In its upmarket Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City premises, it is certainly living up to its fine reputation.

Theatre producer, owner and artistic director, Daphne Kuhn, holds an MA Degree in Drama, and her special skills range from acting to directing, PR to producing.

The varied and acclaimed productions in this 200-seater adds a vibrant dimension to the entertainment industry and to the cultural enrichment of all. Over 1300 productions - including plays, musicals, lunch hour concerts and youth theatre have been presented in the last 22 years, in addition to numerous corporate events, concerts and industrial theatre.

Message from Owner/Producer Daphne Kuhn:
"My grateful appreciation to all the theatre patrons for their most wonderful support over the past 22 years. Enjoy another season of great theatre. We look forward to seeing you soon!"

 

LUNCH HOUR CLASSICAL CONCERTS

The theatre is delighted to present and  to produce , for the 10th year, its uplifting music programme for all, with leading local and international musicians. It prides itself on being the only venue in Gauteng to host such regular weekly daytime concerts. Concerts take place every Friday at 1pm and unreserved tickets are available at the theatre from 12.30 on the day.

Hartham Properties has come on board together with a Supporting Grant  from BASA for assisting with marketing.

Ticket Price: R50.  The price includes concert, programme, coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng
We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice. 

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23rd August
SETH ASCH QUINTET

6th September
FABULOUS FLUTE
Flute and Piano recital with ISABELL BRADLEY and SUSAN VAN DER WAT
Featuring works by Kuhlau, Rutter and Faure

13th September
JAZZ DUET
with XOLI NORMAN and NHLANHLA RADEBE
(Trumpet and Double Bass)
Music from Xoli Norman’s Jazz musical: VOLUME, PLEASE!

20th September
THE MAGIC OF OPERETTA
featuring MICHELLE VEENEMANS (soprano), GERRIT KOORSEN (cello) and PAUL FERREIRA (piano)

27th September
THE GENIUS OF BACH
Works for solo cello and solo piano, by the great J.S. Bach.
Featuring LOÏS BOSHOFF (Cello) and CARIN VAN GRAAN (Piano)

4th October
WITS TRIO
with ZANTA HOFMEYR (violin), MIRO CHAKARAYAN (violin) 
and SUSAN MOUTON (cello)

11th October
with ZANTA HOFMEYR (violin) and SONJA VAN ZYL (piano)

18th October
Mezzo Soprano AUKSE TRINKUNAS
Accompanied on piano by PAUL FERREIRA

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Corporate sponsorship of R12000 per annum in support of the theatre, will be acknowledged by means of an inscription in the theatre foyer and in all theatre programmes.

20 complimentary tickets per month will be made a available to your company. For details and special benefits to staff members and clients, call Daphne Kuhn on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969.

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CONTACT


Tel: 0118838606 (Theatre Box Office) or 0861 915 8000 (Computicket) E-Mail: theatreonthesquare@gmail.com

Address:

Nelson Mandela Square (formerly Sandton Square) adjoins Sandton City - just off Rivonia Rd. Entrances to the Square and the parking garage are in West Street and 5th Street, Sandown. Click here to view Google Maps.

PERFORMANCES

Tuesdays to Saturday, at 8:15pm

Saturdays at 6pm and 8:15pm

Show times may differ slightly - please contact the theatre to confirm show times - 011 883 8606

The ramped backstage entrance opens 15minutes before the show. 

Please ensure you are at the theatre 15 minutes before the show. 

Special show times can be arranged should you wish to book the whole theatre

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