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|A FUN LOOK AT WOMEN IN ELVIS' LIFE
May 03, 2017 - By Betsie Freeman World-Herald staff writer / Elvis Express Radio
When the Bellevue Little Theatre opens “All the King’s Women” on Friday night, it will feature a little extra something from the playwright.
Luigi Jannuzzi, author of the piece about 17 women whose lives intersected with Elvis Presley, contacted the theater and offered to provide additional material for their show.
“All the King’s Women” is made up of short comedic plays and monologues. It takes place in several locales — Presley’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, the set of the Steve Allen
Show, the Oval Office and pop artist Andy Warhol’s studio, for example.
Scenes include one in which Elvis wanted a BB gun instead of a guitar and the new monologue, centered on a young woman who meets the King by accident after her boyfriend jilts
her. Elvis invites her to join him on stage.
Some of the women who meet Elvis are enthralled. Some are appalled. Regardless, the show provides insight into a side of the superstar that people seldom see.
Matthew Pyle is directing an 18-member cast in the show, which runs through May 21.
The following information is direct from the official productions website....
The story of Elvis Presley told through the eyes of 17 Women! Some Enthralled! Some Appalled! ALL OBSESSED!
A fast paced series of 5 comedic plays and 3 monologues based on the Life of Elvis Presley.
From Tupelo Mississippi where 11 year old Elvis wanted a BB Gun instead of a guitar, to The Steve Allen Show, from President Richard Nixon's office, to Andy Warhol's studio, from
Cadillac Salesmen, to Graceland guards, this is a touching, bring-the-family comedy with a heart that captures the effects that fame, generosity & just being a nice guy can bring to
Great for scene-work and competitions as well as full productions, the stories told in this sweeping work include:
- A salesperson's experience when Elvis and his Mother come in to buy Elvis' 11th birthday gift, his 1st guitar.
- The final check, demands, and argument at the Steve Allen show by a NBC censor, Steve Allen's secretary, and Elvis' messenger about hound dogs and pelvic movement.
- A women who runs into Elvis in a supermarket at 3 am and how it changes her life.
- 3 secretaries at the White House gushing out of their minds over a new visitor at the gate who comes to visit Pres Richard Nixon.
- Andy Warhol's assistants planning the angle of the invite to Andy's new Pop Art Elvis exhibition.
- 2 Saleswomen dueling over who will or will not sell Elvis the next Cadillac.
- A security guard inside Graceland divulging on the kindness and charity of Elvis Presley.
- A young woman, who has quit the Graceland souvenir shop, and her obsessed boyfriend contemplating souvenirs, Elvis, and life.
Transitions between scenes are anchored by recorded radio addresses that reinforce the appropriate historical flavor accompanying the life, times, and legacy of Elvis Presley
beyond just his music.
"Perfect Monologues!" - Outer Critics Circle
"Jannuzzi has a good ear for the periods and for his characters allowing his actors to show range. The point is perhaps not so much about Elvis per se, but instead these scenes
reveal snapshots of an American culture, people, and place... In a nearly chronological order, the stand-alone scenes take place between the 1940s and the present day... These
characters and situations are best understood within the context of their period." - NYTheatre.com
"[Jannuzi's] plays unfold in such an intimate and genuine way. He writes about Elvis Presley fans with educated and unconventional twists... Smooth transitions and captivating
creativity" - RobertaontheArts.com
"Elvis Presley is the subject of interest, but the scenes are about the impact of the lives and the culture he affected, and how society deals with celebrity.... Arousing characters that
are distinct and vividly brought to life by humor and emotional revelations... A play that affects the senses – heart, mind, and soul. One doesn’t have to be an Elvis fan going in, to
walk away with a deep appreciation for ‘The King’ at the conclusion" - DC Metro Theater Arts
"Bravo. Much Applause." - Mario Fratti
All the King's Women was first produced by the Metropolitan Thatre Company as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival at the Where Eagles Dare Theatre in New York
City, on July 18, 2007. It was directed by Branan Whitehead.