01 June 2015

An Actress of the Highest Possible Voltage

This week on drama* on the waterfront, don’t miss your chance to see Broadway star Angelica Page on stage at Circa Theatre, Directed by Tony Award nominee Wilson Milam!

Described by the Wall Street Journal as “An actress of the highest possible voltage," this award-winning star will perform two amazing solo shows, EDGE and TURNING PAGE, on alternate nights for two weeks only!

6 to 20 June, so don’t wait, BOOK NOW! And remember you save more when you BOOK FOR BOTH shows!

The great philanthropists Peter and Mary Biggs were so impressed by Angelica Page’s performance of EDGE in NY that they brought her to Circa Theatre in 2005, and Circa Theatre is thrilled that they are once again helping to bring this new season of two fantastic solo-shows!  Performing two plays on alternate nights is a unique and challenging experience, and an exciting opportunity for audiences to experience.

In EDGE, by Paul Alexander, you will experience a spellbinding encounter with iconic poet Sylvia Plath on the day of her suicide in 1963. Watch Angelica Page bring to life the troubled poet as she explores Plath’s complex ties to the two pivotal men in her life: her controlling father, Otto Plath, who died when she was only eight years old, and her charismatic husband, poet Ted Hughes, whose controversial and passionate relationship with Plath may have led her to her tragic end.

Sylvia Plath was the author of The Bell Jar, The Colossus, Ariel and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Collected Poems. In Angelica Page’s words, Plath’s legacy to the world was “Truth.. Just raw, unadulterated, confessional, exposed soul... She just told it the way that she felt it, without worrying about what people thought about her.” (interview in the Barry Z Show, NY, 2008)
Angelica Page as Sylvia Plath in EDGE.
TURNING PAGE will have you mesmerised as you watch Angelica Page channel her own legendary mother, Geraldine Page, once described as “the greatest actress in the English language”. Who better than her own daughter, Angelica, to write and perform the triumphant and heartbreaking true story of “America’s finest actress”!

Geraldine Page was nominated for a record-breaking eight Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1986 for The Trip to Bountiful - against none other than Anne Bancroft, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep. She worked with some of the greatest, such as James Dean, Louis Jourdan, Paul Newman, Woody Allen, John Wayne, Lawrence Harvey, and Rip Torn - her husband and Angelica’s father.

This is the star-filled world in which Angelica Page was raised, and here is your chance to see this superb method actress juggle two "Breathtaking, Revelatory, Magic" solo shows!
Angelica Page tells the story of her mother, Geraldine, in TURNING PAGE.

The two plays are about two strong, iconic women, but while EDGE is more of a 'set' piece that doesn't change except for getting more focused and trimmed back, TURNING PAGE keeps expanding as Angelica discovers new details about her mother's life and lives and breathes her on stage.

It's been a busy and exciting time at Circa Theatre ahead of the shows, with the arrival of Angelica and her director, Wilson Milam! We're into tech week now, and they have begun filling Circa One with the amazing energy and vibes of the two shows.
Angelica Page in rehearsal for TURNING PAGE at Circa Theatre

Director Wilson Milam oversees rehearsals at Circa Theatre

Angelica has also been busy giving interviews on Radio and for local newspapers, and the town is starting to buzz with excitement!  Listen to the full Radio NZ Interview with Angelica and Lynn Freeman on Standing Room Only.
Angelica Page (left) in conversation with Radio New Zealand's Lynn Freeman (right)
A wonderful reception for Angelica and Wilson was hosted by the US Ambassador, H.E. Mark Gilbert and Mrs Nancy Gilbert at their residency. Attended by enthusiastic arts and theatre supporters, everyone had a great time and enjoyed meeting the stars.You can see more photos on the US Embassy's Flickr page.
Left to right:  Wilson Milam, Mrs Nancy Gilbert, Angela Page and His Excellency Mark Gilbert, US Ambassador

Another fabulous change to meet Angelica and Wilson took place last Thursday night at The Roxy Cinema in Miramar, where Carolyn and Ray Henwood hosted a most interesting Q&A with Angelica and Wilson, and the audience had the privilege of hearing Angelica talk about her mother, Geraldine Page, and discuss with Wilson various aspects of the shows.

This was followed by a screening of The Trip to Bountiful, which stars Geraldine Page in her 1985 Oscar-winning performance.  What a treat!

Don't forget you still have a chance to enter The Breeze LIVE LIKE A STAR DRAW!

Live like a star with EDGE and TURNING PAGE at Circa Theatre.

Text STAR to 3920 to be in the draw to win!

This prize-pack for two, will see the winners on a luxurious day and evening leading to the Opening Night of Broadway Star Angelica Page's EDGE at Circa Theatre onSaturday 6 June.

This prize is valued at over $900 and includes:
-Tickets to the Opening Night of EDGE at Circa Theatre, with drinks and nibbles after the show;
- A night of luxury at the Museum Art Hotel;
- Dinner for two at Encore Restaurant and Bar (up to $100 Value);
- Kirkcaldie & Stains Ltd Pamper Gift Basket;
- Couples massage at Beaute Spa.

EDGE and TURNING PAGE are presented by Cariad LTD and proudly supported by Peter Biggs CNZM and Mary Biggs, with thanks to The Museum Art Hotel. 


6-20 JUNE - BOOK NOW at Circa Theatre  801-7992 / www.circa.co.nz

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