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'Me and Jezebel' revived in Weston

Published 5:46 pm, Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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  • Elizabeth Fuller's popular play "Me and Jezebel" - about the time 30 years ago that Bette Davis stayed at Fuller's Fairfield County house during a New York hotel strike - is being presented at the Cobbs Mill Inn in Weston on Sunday, Oct. 14 Photo: Contributed Photo

    Elizabeth Fuller's popular play "Me and Jezebel" - about the time 30 years ago that Bette Davis stayed at Fuller's Fairfield County house during a New York hotel strike - is being presented at the Cobbs Mill Inn in Weston on Sunday, Oct. 14

    Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Imagine the thrill of finding yourself playing host to one of the true legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Then imagine what you would do when that legend doesn't seem to have any intention of leaving your house or ramping down her outrageous diva behavior.

That's what happened to the Weston writer Elizabeth Fuller almost 30 years ago when -- through one of those friend-of-a-friend situations that could only happen in Fairfield County -- she offered Bette Davis a place to stay during a New York hotel strike.

Fuller turned the experience into the hilarious book "Me and Jezebel" and then into a play with the same title that has been performed all over the world. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the play will be done for the first time in the town where it all happened when "Me and Jezebel" is presented for one afternoon only at the Cobbs Mill Inn.

In a recent phone interview, Fuller said she was excited about playing herself in the staged reading and that "Hairspray" veteran Joel Vig will be on hand as the imperious star. Over the years, a number of gender illusionists have played the role and Fuller is very impressed by her co-star.

"He's a great Bette Davis," she said.

Tickets for the 4 p.m. show are $15 and Fuller and Vig are staying on for a 7 p.m. dinner event for $25. Call 203-227-7221 or email drew@cobbsmillinn.com for tickets.

PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL

The Theater Artists Workshop of Norwalk is launching its 30th anniversary season with the annual festival of new plays Oct. 19 to 21.

The event spotlights new work by members of TAW -- in this case, seven short plays by Steve Bellwood, Vanessa David, Rosemary Foley, Kathy Rinaldi, Jack Rushen and Jim Gordon (who is represented by two plays).

TAW spokesman Joseph Rinaldi said the topics covered in the plays range from "the inner turmoil of a woman of a certain age romantically involved with a much younger man, to Edgar Allan Poe spending time with a social worker, to a put-upon couple dealing with life's hardships and loss of property. Oh, yes ... this couple happen to be dung beetles."

The plays are being presented Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m.

The organization, which numbers more than 125, brings together professional actors, writers and directors who are free to work on new projects privately. Occasionally, TAW opens its doors to the public for readings and special events like the Playwrights Festival.

Tickets are $20. Call 203-854-6830 or visit www.taworkshop.org.

`ASHER LEV' RETURNS

If you missed the extraordinary Long Wharf Theatre production of "My Name is Asher Lev" in New Haven last season, you will have a second chance to see it when the drama re-opens in Manhattan Thursday, Nov. 8, at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre on 43rd Street.

LWT artistic director Gordon Edelstein is again in charge of staging the play and Ari Brand is returning to the title role of the son of devout Jewish parents who tries to come to terms with a passion for art that seems to challenge his faith.

Aaron Posner wrote the script based on Chaim Potok's best-selling novel. Potok's daughter, Naama Potok, is the understudy for the role of Asher's mother, Rivkeh.

Tickets for the 18-week limited engagement are available by visiting www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Specially priced tickets will be offered for all performances for $36.

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