Who Killed Sylvia Plath? – Rising

Written by Lynne Kaufman
Performed by Lorri Holt
Directed by Jayne Wenger
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7:30pm
70 minutes | No intermission | Ages 17+

Show Description

Poet Sylvia Plath returns to her burial place in West Yorkshire, England to view the third 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’s it got to do with us today?

Artist Biographies

Lorri Holt
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.

Lynne Kaufman
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.

Jayne Wenger is a director and dramaturg dedicated to the development of new works for the theater. Current projects include Loving Janis, a new musical by Kyra Gordon and a collaboration on Deke Weaver’s The Unreliable Bestiary. Recent projects include Blues Is A Woman, a musical collaboration with Pamela Rose; and Colette Uncensored, by Lorri Holt and Zack Rogow. She is an alumna of Djerassi Resident Artist Program; a Guest Artist for The Last Frontier Theatre Conference; a member of the Dramatists Guild, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the League of Professional Theater Women.  www.jaynewenger.theater.