Who Killed Sylvia Plath


Written by Lynne Kaufman
Performed by Lorri Holt
Directed by Warren David Keith
Sound/Lightboard Operator: Aaron Aguilar

September 14 – October 20 | Berkeley
Saturdays at 5:00pm | Sundays at 5:30pm

Berkeley Press Opening: September 21


Show Description

Poet Sylvia Plath returns to her burial place in West Yorkshire, England to view the fourth replacement of her tombstone. The previous ones have been defaced by feminists who chiseled off her married name, claiming it was Ted Hughes who caused Sylvia’s death. Did he?  Was her suicide at 30 a good career move? Would she do it again? And what does it say to us today?

“Bay Area actor Lorri Holt brings a fiery poise to Sylvia Plath” – SF Examiner

“Local treasure Lorri Holt demonstrates her considerable actorly talents, inhabiting the lightly fictionalized character with grace and depth” – Theatrius

Artist Biographies

She is the author of twenty full-length plays, three novels and dozens of short stories. In 2018  she had four world premieres; “William Blake in Hollywood” was produced by the Neil Simon Festival Theatre. “Two Minds” and “Acid Test” were produced at The Marsh Theatre and “Sex Scandal” by Unscripted Theatre.

Her play “Daisy in the Dreamtime” was presented by The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles as a recipient of a Hot Properties Grant from the L.A. Arts Council and The A.S.K. Foundation. It had its New York City premiere at The Abingdon Theatre and its university premiere at S.F. State University as the recipient of the Rella Lossy Playwright’s Award. “Daisy in the Dreamtime” was published in Women Playwrights: Best New Plays and by Dramatic Publishing. She was the recipient of The Otis Guernsey Outstanding New Voice in American Theatre Award from The William Inge Theatre Festival.

Her play “Fakes” premiered at Florida Studio Theatre and was optioned for film by 20th Century Fox and for television by Jean Doumanian Productions. “Shooting Simone” premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville  Humana Festival and received six subsequent regional productions. It was published by Dramatic Publishing.

Four of her plays premiered at The Magic Theatre including “The Couch”, which won the Glickman Award for Best New Play in San Francisco and “Speaking in Tongues”, which won a Kennedy Center/NEA/ Fund for New American Plays Award. Her play “Our Lady of the Desert” won Theatreworks ‘Best New Play in California Award”.

Lorri has been a leading actress in the SF Bay Area for over three decades.  She has performed with Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre, Cutting Ball, A.C.T., The Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, San Jose Rep, TheatreWorks, Civic Arts Rep, and many commercial productions in SF, Regional & International credits include work at La Jolla Playhouse, Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Birmingham Rep in England & London’s Barbican Theatre.  For ten years, Ms. Holt was a company member of the groundbreaking Eureka Theater, where she appeared in many productions and originated the role of Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner’s Angels In America.

Most recently, Lorri co-wrote (with Zack Rogow) and starred in her first solo show, Colette Uncensored, which premiered at The Marsh in San Francisco, was extended there and then in Berkeley, and in May of 2018 premiered in London at the Canal Café Theatre.  Colette Uncensored received stellar reviews and was nominated for a TBA Best Solo Production. Lorri was also nominated for Best Solo Performance at the 2017 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards.

Warren David Keith is an actor, director, and acting teacher and while he has worked in theaters both large and small throughout the Bay Area one of his most rewarding experiences has been impersonating Richard Alpert/Ram Dass in Lynne Kaufman’s “Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass.” He has appeared in films such as “Raising Arizona,” The Big Lebowski,” “Fargo” and “A Serious Man” and the soon to be released “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Wesleyan University.

Show Info

Tickets: $25 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
September 14 – October 20 | Berkeley Mainstage
Saturdays at 5:00pm | Sundays at 5:30pm
70 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 15+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

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