“...it gathers to an intensity and variety of performance and narrative that is genuinely engrossing, and which does a real service in reviving memories of an important star while also posing questions about the manipulation and exploitation of women in Hollywood that are sadly still all too pertinent. Broadway success surely beckons...”
Live Theatre UK, London
“Pail paid an introspective homage to the Hollywood starlit through video, dance, acting and live music. She portrayed the conflict between Hayworth’s screen and stage life. Heartbreaking in moments, while humorous in others, the show took the audience on a journey through the rise and fall of fame in the not-always glamorous 1940s."
The Coast, Canada
Ultimately, Ms Pail does allow Rita's multiple characters to mingle into the people's concept of who this great actress was, in a performance where a single actress played the many roles which another actress had taken on all her life, giving Rita Hayworth some form of control over her colorful life."
The Times, Malta
Lorna Ventura is a director/choreographer, with a long list of credits, from Broadway to Film and Television. Her passion and inclination for visual story telling has been fostered for many years. After a long career as a performer, Lorna was drawn to the development side of her work. This allowed her to collaborate and work alongside impressive directors, as she honed her craft and transitioned with grace into the director’s seat. Some of her choreography credits include, working along side impressive directors such as: James Mangold in KATE AND LEOPLOD, Fred Scheppisi in IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY. In house Choreographer, for seasons 1-4 of GOSSIP GIRL including: VALLEY GIRLS, IN THE REALM OF BASES, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE, HI SOCIETY and DISCO STICK. As well as, the pilot and season 1 & 2 for Carries Diaries.
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Cindy Reid recently graduated with a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. During her time there she had the opportunity to work with a long list of professionals including Lorna Ventura, Sonya Tayeh, Desmond Richardson, and Ray Mercer. Cindy also had the opportunity to perform with the Nikolais Dance Theatre in the Yang Ling Ping International Dance Festival in Beijing, China. Since then Cindy has worked as assistant choreographer for the production of "Hell is For Real" which premiered in the International Fringe Festival. She was also a featured dancer in the showcase "Tapperlesque", an all female tap company.
Logan Medland is a music director, composer and writer. As a Music Director and Conductor he has toured nationally and internationally with many shows including: Cats, (North and South American tour) Crazy for You (National tour) Chicago (National tour) Jersey Boys (U.S. national tour and Toronto production) and A Christmas Story (Music Supervisor). He is the composer and writer of Fingers and Toes, a 30’s era musical that was part of NYMF in 2010, and has had three regional productions since then. He is the musical director and arranger for The Bardy Bunch: the NY Fringe and Off-Broadway hit, that most recently finished a critically-acclaimed run at the Mercury Theatre in Chicago. He currently performs nightly at the Longacre Theater on Broadway in the orchestra for the Robert de Niro and Jerry Zack’s directed A Bronx Tale. Previously to that he was a member of the orchestra for Dr. Zhivago on Broadway.
Laura Lundy is the Founder and Executive Producer of Blue Panther. Lundy’s Blue Panther Production credits include the 2017 international tour of “Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood” starring humorist Dylan Brody, in Chicago, Barcelona, London and New York, the 2016 New York run of Award-Winning comedian Alicia Dattner’s “The Oy of Sex,” celebrated Toronto dancer/performance artist Sara Porter’s “Sara does a Solo” at the 2016 San Francisco International Arts Festival, and Scott Charles’ 2015 drama “Dinners with Augie” at Antiquite Maison, Sacramento, and Conor McPherson’s “The Birds” in association with Symmetry Theatre, Oakland (2016).
Lundy was the Co-Founder and original Artistic Director for Virago Theatre Company (2005-2015) in San Francisco, producing and directing numerous plays. Some of her credits include: “Threepenny Opera,” “Candide,” “A Taste of Honey” and “Sonia Flew”. In 2013-2014 Lundy produced and starred in the World Premiere of George Pfirrmann's “AROUSAL” paired with Harold Pinter's “The Lover” for Virago Theatre, and brought the show to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York at The Flea Theater. Lundy received her training at Pomona College and through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has been a professional working producer/director/actor for over 30 years.
Jay's recent theater work includes Hell is for Real, The Bardy Bunch: the War of the Families Partridge and Brady, and 20th Century Photograph, created with director Veronica Wigg. Jay is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a founder of the World Wide Lab, an international festival of director-driven work developed at the Watermill Center, which had its inaugural presentation in New York City in the summer of 2012. Through the World Wide Lab, Jay directed the world premiere of Alien Attack! created with director Chang Nai Wen at Teatro Due in Rome, and an adaptation ofAgamemnon with director Ioli Andreadi at the Irondale Center in Brooklyn. Jay is co-artistic directing the 2015 lab, which is taking place on the island of Syros in Greece.Jay has also directed three feature films, and is the producer of the Iron Mule short comedy film festival. His latest feature, The Adventures of Paul and Marian, is currently seeking distribution.
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Join actor, writer and singer Almog Pail in an unconventional musical storytelling by 1940’s Hollywood’s pin-up Rita Hayworth, inspired by true events. In Me, Myself and Rita, the slightly demented Rita Hayworth (interpreted by Almog), is taking the audience on a journey full of musical nostalgia, dance and magic. Characters from her past come to life … dance partner Fred Astaire, scandalous lover Orson Welles, and more. Almog will interpret songs from Rita’s most highly rated films, such as Put the Blame on Mame (“Gilda”), So Near and Yet So Far (“You’ll Never Get Rich”) and Please Don’t Kiss Me (“The Lady from Shanghai”).
Almog Pail started her acting career in Israel with numerous credits in TV, Film and Stage. She later moved to Malta where she developed her solo show Me, Myself and Rita and worked at the National Theatre. The show’s success in Malta brought Almog to New York, which is now her home. Me, Myself and Rita had its Off-Broadway debut last Fall and Almog is thrilled to perform it for the first time at Feinsteins/54 Below.
ALMOG has been local to NYC for the last 5 years, with numerous local and international credits in stage, film, TV and voiceover. She holds a B.A in Theater Arts from Tel Aviv University (Israel) and has trained at HB Studio and Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. Some of her credits include - Stage: Karen in Speed the Plow by David Mamet, Molly in LINE by Isreal Horowitz, Hillary Clinton in FUEL by Joseph Beck. Television: I'D KILL FOR YOU on ID Discovery (NBC Universal); MY CRAZY LOVE on Oxygen Channel; CELEBRITY GHOST STORIES on Biography Channel, and more. Film: Faith Daniels in DEVIL'S FIVE; Ann in THE EXPERT; Vanessa in ANNIVERSARY; Nurse Stanley in THEY'RE ALL CRAZY, and more.
For more information, please visit Almog's website or IMDb page.
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Design | Sivan Pail