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Colette Uncensored: Play and Q&A

One-woman show on the great French writer Colette: her passionate quest as a writer, a woman, a pioneer for social change, and a lover. Exclusive Q&A after with performer/coauthor Lorri Holt, and Zack Rogow, playwright and Yale alum. $5 off with code.

Colette wrote the books that the movies Gigi and Cheri were based on, as well as fifty other works. In addition to a prolific career as a writer, Colette blazed trails in many areas, from women’s empowerment, to respect for nature, to sexual liberation. Before her exquisite writing was accepted as classic, Colette was shunned by polite society for her scandalous life—her many affairs with women and men, her appearing on stage scantily clad during her years in vaudeville, and her refusal ever to compromise in the pursuit of personal freedom.

The play includes several excerpts from a newly published collection of Colette’s writings, Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems, translated by Zack Rogow and Renée Morel. Last winter Lorri Holt did a series of readings at Bay Area bookstores to launch the publication of this new collection of Colette’s work. The response to these readings was so enthusiastic that Zack and Lorri decided to approach the Kennedy Center in Washington DC about doing a one-woman show based on Colette’s life and work, during the recent revival of the musical Gigi. Lorri performed a staged reading of an early version of the show in February 2015 at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. The San Francisco production of Colette Uncensored is the world premier of the stage play. Learn more: http://themarsh.org/colette_uncensored/lorri-holt/

  • April 28, 2016, 8pm-10pm PT
  • The Marsh (1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110)
  • Tickets: click here, and enter code Yale



 Initial reviews for COLETTE UNCENSORED 


“Lorri Holt is one of those Bay Area actors who, when her name is associated with a production, you automatically want to see it...There's a definite "ooh la la" factor to Colette's story, and Holt can flirt with and tease an audience like a true Parisian.” 

-Chad Jones, SF Chronicle

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“Lorri Holt is nothing short of spectacular in this productionHer tour de force at The Marsh is one not to be missed.”

-Theatre Eddys

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“Watching Lorri Holt speak as Colette is like having a conversation with the most interesting person you have ever met.” 

-Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Stark Insider  

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“It's immediately clear how effortlessly this consummate actress channels early-20th-century French novelist Colette...Holt simply embodies the rebellious character in all her (ever-so-French) self-confidence, vulnerability and sensual charm.” 

-Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner  

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