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Drowning in Veronica Lake


Tue 22 Feb 2011, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Wed 23 Feb 2011, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Thu 24 Feb 2011, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Fri 25 Feb 2011, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Sat 26 Feb 2011, 8:00pm–9:00pm

Where: The Garden Club, 13 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Alex Ellis

From under-age Miss Florida to Hollywood icon. From glamorous to anonymous, adored to discarded. Veronica Lake - Dead but not lying down.

Revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood via the sordid underbelly of the film industry in Flaxworks' latest production, Drowning in Veronica Lake - a darkly comic tribute to the eponymous 1940s screen siren.

Trapped in an other-worldly green room somewhere between Paramount and Purgatory the fictional personality of Veronica Lake graces us with a highly theatrical account of her meteoric rise to fame and glamour and equally spectacular decline. Alex Ellis plays the faded star, who has been dead for 40 years but is still optimistic for a comeback.

“You could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision” - Veronica Lake.

Veronica Lake was one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars in the 1940s. At the peak of her brief career she campaigned tirelessly for the US war effort, took tea with Eleanor Roosevelt, piloted her own plane from coast to coast, was famously sued by her own mother and was bankrupted by the IRS before a rapid descent into obscurity, alcoholism and a premature and lonely death as an unknown 50 year old cocktail waitress.

Now in glorious living colour - Veronica Lake – created, designed, manufactured by Hollywood.

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