In celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th anniversary, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, in association with Circle X Theatre Co, and J.U.S.T. Toys Production presents a highly topical play, Fefu And Her Friends, opening Saturday May 6 at 8pm and running through Sunday, May 28, at the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House in the heart of Barnsdall Art Park.
Written by Maria Irene Fornes, a Cuban immigrant and LGBTQ rights activist and directed by Kate Jopson with choreography by Zsófia Nemes and musical composition by Daniel Szabo, the pioneering play marks the first time a production has ever taken place at the UNESCO-nominated House at Barnsdall Art Park.
Set in 1935—a little over a decade after Hollyhock House was built for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall—the play provides a unique reference point to the period and will take place inside the House, transitioning throughout the historic quarters and ending in the central courtyard.
The original play explores the pressures on women to conform to an ideal of femininity and meekness. With questions about gender wage gaps, sexist political rhetoric, and women in leadership roles still plaguing our society, Fornes’ 1978 play is resonant of current times. And in fact, the playwright, herself, fits the type of artist Aline envisioned commissioning for her experimental theater complex had it come to fruition.
Fefu will feature an international and diverse cast of women to highlight the universal nature of their internalized repression.
Only 20 guests will be admitted to each of the 12 performances, allowing attendees a highly intimate experience.
A significant part of Los Angeles’ storied architectural history, Hollyhock House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most magnificent masterpieces marking his first foray into architecture in Los Angeles and is now among a group of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings that are nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. A portion of the proceeds from the performances will go towards the restoration of the guesthouse, Residence A that is currently underway.