Lorri Holt

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Performed by Lorri Holt
Written by Zack Rogow & Lorri Holt
Directed by David Ford
Light/Soundboard Operator: Aspacia

October 6 – November 4, 2017 | Berkeley
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm


“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

“Lorri Holt is nothing short of spectacular in this production.”–Theatre Eddy’s

“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

“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.” –SF Examiner

“Lorri Holt is outstanding as Colette…she makes her storytelling so natural that you actually feel like it’s a conversation just with you.” –Talkin’ Broadway

“A breathtaking hour and fifteen minutes. I dare you to take your eyes off this worldly femme fatale with the musical accent.” -–Theatre Storm

“Lorri Holt IS Colette!  With her flawless French accent, Holt gives us an unforgettable depiction of this remarkable actress, mime, author, and raconteuse. Ms. Holt vibrantly presents Colette’s gifts for story telling, social commentary and humor.” –BATCC

“Colette’s witty comments, perfectly articulated expressions and extremely focused stares led to a production nothing short of spectacular. Holt’s natural performance is decidedly fulfilling and much needed.” –Daily Cal

Setting: A lecture hall in Paris. The time is 1945, after the Liberation of Paris.

COLETTE UNCENSORED tells the story of the celebrated French author’s life as a writer, a woman, a pioneer for social change, and a lover. Colette wrote the books that the movie 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. Audiences have remarked that Colette Uncensored resonates deeply with the current political climate.

The play was nominated for Outstanding Solo Show by Theater Bay Area. Lorri Holt was nominated by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for Outstanding Solo Performance for her work in Colette Uncensored.

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.  When the book was published, Lorri Holt did a series of readings at Bay Area bookstores to launch 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 D.C. about doing a one-woman show based on Colette’s life and work, during their revival of the musical Gigi. Lorri performed a staged reading of an earlier version of the show in February 2015 at he Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.

Zack and Lorri have extensively revised the script under the guidance of David Ford. The show now presents an overview of Colette’s life in an intimate theater piece, interwoven with excerpts from the author’s work that display Colette’s extraordinary gifts for storytelling, social commentary, humor, and description of nature.

Artist Biography

Lorri Holt (actor, playwright) is delighted to return to The Marsh with her first solo show, Colette Uncensored. She has been a leading actress in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than three decades, working for Berkeley Rep, ACT, The Aurora, The Magic, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, and many others.

Most recently she played Micheleine in the Aurora Theatre’s acclaimed production of Splendour by Abi Morgan. Other credits: Joyce Rumsfeld in Mount Misery by Andrew Saito at the Cutting Ball Theater, Masha in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at Berkeley Rep, Ella in Curse of the Starving Class at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, and Susan in Becky Shaw at SF Playhouse. For ten years she was a leading actress with San Francisco’s acclaimed Eureka Theatre, where she played dozens of roles, and originated the role of Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Regional and international credits include work at Birmingham Rep in England, the Barbican Theatre in London, La Jolla Playhouse, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her most recent film credit is Josh Kornbluth’s new film, Love & Taxes. Lorri holds a BA in dramatic art from UC Berkeley and an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College, and has received honors and awards for both her acting and her published short stories. Colette Uncensored was nominated for Theatre Bay Area’s award for Outstanding Solo Production and Bay Area Theater Critics Circle’s award for Outstanding Solo Performance in 2017.

Zack Rogow (playwright) is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His translations from French include the novel Green Wheat by Colette. His adaptation and translation of the play Marius by Marcel Pagnol was produced by the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley and by the Storm Theatre in New York. He is writing a series of plays that incorporate the works of authors into their life stories, including shows about Nazim Hikmet, Yosano Akiko, and Léopold Sédar Senghor. His coauthored political farce, Groucho for President, was chosen for this year’s JETFest new play festival in Michigan. Rogow has received the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Award for his co-translation of André Breton’s Earthlight, and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Translation Award for his English version of George Sand’s Horace. He is an associate faculty member in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. www.zackrogow.com

David Ford (director) called the “dean” of solo performance, has developed many of The Marsh’s premiere performances by Marsh stars, including Brian Copeland, Charlie Varon, Geoff Hoyle, Maureen Langan, Ron Jones, and many more.


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Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
October 6 – November 4, 2017 | Berkeley
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm
75 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 18 and up | Please do not bring infants to the show