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GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION

6/18/2019 11:00:53 AM

Award-winner at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival


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GERTRUDE STEIN AND A COMPANION

Directed by CHRIS WEARE
Written by WIN WELLS
with SHIRLEY JOHNSTON as Gertrude Stein
and LYNITA CROFFORD as Alice B Toklas

30th October – 16th November

Winner of an award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival 

This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between American modernist author and poet Gertrude Stein and lifelong partner Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middleclass 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.

'Beautifully calibrated performances that captivated and drew you into a story well told. Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston drew you into the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas with total conviction - the intimacy of the theatre enhancing the unfolding of their relationship. Full marks to Chris Weare for directing a complex script with a sensitive understatement that moved between pathos and humour so effortlessly' 'Brilliant. Effortlessly portrayed. An immersive love story.'

It’s a rare treat to see two actors at the top of their respective games in a powerful and poignant two-hander tour de force! Both Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston are superb in this wryly witty, tender piece detailing the relationship between Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas.

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

COMING SOON

Joburg Film Festival

19th - 23rd November

The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have embarked on an exciting collaboration to create South Africa’s preeminent film festival.

The festival, which is set to showcase the finest films from more than 16 countries, aims to curate, elevate and celebrate the best stars and films from across Africa and the world and runs from 19 to 24 November 2019.

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ALL YOU ASK OF ME

26th - 30th November

Carly Graeme sings all of your favourite hits, accompanied by Rowan Bakker

Perfect for your year-end functions and family outings, it’s just plain good old fashioned entertainment! 

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MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY!

3rd – 21st December

one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two-parts Prozac!

Oy vey! or should that be mamma mia

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JAZZ AT THE SQUARE

10th November

with special guest International jazz guitarist MAGESHEN NAIDOO

Jazz standards, bossa nova rhythms, touch of blues, out-of-the-box improvisations and much more

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Destino España

8th December

a combination of flamenco and neo-classical Spanish dance

featuring Julia Bonegio and flamenco guitarists, Raúl and Fernando Bonegio.

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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 12th 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. The revenue from ticket sales goes to the artists -  so please invite new friends to these weekly music concerts to ensure continuity. 

We would like to thank BASA for the Support Grant to enable the theatre to market these special concerts.

Ticket Price: R50.  The price includes concert, programme, coffee and biscuits.
The only regular daytime music fixture in Gauteng

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15th November
SERENATA DUO with PIERRE TOLSMA (flute) and NATHALIE ROUE (guitar)
Works by Paganini, Piazzolla and Ourkouzounov

22nd November
Liza with a T with TONYA KOENDERMAN
A musical revue celebrating the songs made famous by Liza Minnelli

29th November
Festive Happy Holidays Concert
STEPHAN GERICKE (piano, flute and vocals) and CARIN VAN GRAAN (piano)

6th December
FLUTE AND PIANO CONCERT
MALANE HOFMYER BURGER & HESTER BEYERS-MARTIN
present works by Hummel, Beethoven and Dvorak

13th December
ON THE BRINK OF CHRISTMAS with MARIUS BRINK (sax & clarinet) and JACOBUS SWART (piano)
End the year on the right note, only at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square with a programme of popular works.

We reserve the right to alter or change the programmes without prior notice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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