On Monday, April 30, 2018
Published : Monday, April 9, 2018 | 11:23 AM
As the next entry in its Off The Page series of free monthly play readings, Sierra Madre Playhouse will present the comedy Miss Lulu Bett, the first play written by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, in 1921.
In this rarely seen play, Miss Lulu Bett is a spinster of thirty-three who does all the work for her sister’s demanding family. When her brother-in-law’s brother arrives for a visit, the two are accidentally married in a ceremony that is intended as a joke but turns out to be valid. At once sentimental and sharply satirical, this drawing-room comedy about the uncertain emancipation of lonely Miss Lulu makes for a very funny evening, without scanting the feminist underpinning.
“Where has Miss Lulu Bett been all our lives?” – The Washington Post
Playwright Zona Gale (1874-1938) based Miss Lulu Bett on her novella. Her other plays include Uncle Jimmy; The Clouds; Evening Clothes; Faint Perfume; Mr. Pitt; and The Neighbours.
Elina De Santos directs the staged reading. One of the city’s most-honored directors, she is Co-Artistic Director of Rogue Machine Theatre and a Resident Director at Pacific Resident Theatre. She received an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for her direction of Orpheus Descending.
The reading takes place on Monday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. At Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Admission: Free. Donations are accepted. There is ample free parking in a lot behind the Playhouse. Information: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org or (626) 355-4318.