One-woman show brings Stein to Baker City

Gertrude Stein

Screen Shot 2018-03-07 at 3.38.34 PMBAKER CITY — The theater suddenly seems enchanted as the words of Gertrude Stein come alive and it feels like you are a guest in her parlor, sitting for a spell as she reminisces about her life in Paris.

Two years of preparation have gone into bringing Stein alive with the acting skills of Ginger Savage under the direction of Jean Simpson Geddes.

Savage will present a one-woman show about Gertrude Stein as a fundraiser for Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre’s project to renovate the Orpheum Theater.

There will be only three performances: 7 p.m. March 9 and March 10, then 3 p.m. March 11. The theater is located in Basche-Sage Place, 2101 Main St., Baker City.

Tickets are $35 single or $60 for a couple, and available at Betty’s Books, online at www.bakerlivetheatre.com or at the door. Only 150 tickets are available.

“I have been working on this project for about two years as I have learned this character and developed her personality for the stage,” Savage said. “I knew a one-woman show would be a challenge, but I had no idea how hard. Gertrude Stein was one of the world’s most interesting women in history.”

Stein and her brother were among the first collectors works by Cubist artists and other painters of the early 1900s including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque.

“At her salon they mingled with expatriate American writers whom she dubbed the ‘Lost Generation,’ including Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway, and other visitors drawn by her literary reputation,” Savage said. “Her literary and artistic judgments were revered, and her chance remarks could make or destroy reputations.”

Savage describes Stein as “complex, funny and incredibly intelligent  — she recognized some of the most amazing art work in the world.”

Geddes and Savage have logged many hours over the past two years working on this show.

“I am so blessed to have Jean to oversee this project — as director she has been so helpful,” Savage said.

“An Evening with Gertrude Stein” continues the fundraising efforts for the Baker Orpheum Theatre project.

“We are so excited that Ginger Savage has dedicated her time to present this fantastic show as a benefit for the Baker Orpheum Theatre,” said Leanne Hinkle, president of EORT. “The completion of the Baker Orpheum Theatre is a project that will take many hands and dollars to complete, but we are well on our way into phase five of this eight phase project.”

The architect and engineers have been hired, and final deconstruction is finished. In the process, a small room was discovered along with photos and advertisements from the 1800s. The Orpheum opened in 1889 and operated until a fire in 1936. It opened again in the 1940s and featured movies until closing in 1956. Several businesses have since occupied the space, most recently Marilyn’s Music.

As work on the Orpheum continues, EORT is planning a full schedule of plays for the 2018 season. To stay updated, visit the website www.bakerlivetheatre.com or “like” the Facebook page. In addition to news of productions, information about auditions are also posted on those sites.

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