Following a successful workshop read through in New York last year, new play Dora Versus Picasso will premiere at London’s Drayton Arms Theatre next month in a production staged by Fractured Time Productions. Get those tickets booked.
The drama, adapted from the novel by Cecil Jenkins, runs at the Kensington venue from 26 to 30 November 2019.
1935. Pre-World War II Paris. A world on the verge of change. A chance meeting between Dora Maar, a young surrealist photographer and the world famous painter, Pablo Picasso would change both their lives forever. Already successful in her ﬁeld, Dora is said to be a ‘tough cookie’ in a society where women have no vote and an art world where female artists can survive only as the nude model/mistress or muse of a male painter. Picasso, who is reputed to be hard on women, ﬁnds Dora not only intriguing, but irresistible. The trauma and inner loneliness underlying his paintings and his cynicism is what draws Dora to this great Man, even to fall in love with him. But as the strains of war increase, their relationship becomes increasingly fraught. Can they both emerge from their shattered relationship intact? How far is too far?
Dora Versus Picasso is co-adapted and co-directed by Fractured Time Productions Artistic Director Claire-Monique Martin and Emma Jesse. Martin also stars a Maar in the production. The graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts recently toured in Macbeth, appeared in This Is Me at The Actors Temple Theatre and played Eluard Nusch in Muse, another play exploring Maar and Picasso. She reprises that role the week before Dora Versus Picasso, as Muse runs at Tristan Bates Theatre from 19-23 November.
Kevin G Drury, who plays Picasso, previously appeared in The Weir at the White Bear Theatre and Absent Friends, The Double Inconstancy and Closer for London Classic Theatre.
Isobel Woods, Simon Chappell and Samantha Gray complete the cast.
The production also features music by Harriet Grainger, set design by Hannah Williams and lighting design by Anna Joseph.
Dora Versus Picasso‘s run at the Drayton Arms coincides with the opening of a new exhibition at the Tate Modern, claiming to be the most comprehensive retrospective of the surrealist photographer’s work ever help. Running from 20 November 2019 to 15 March 2020, the exhibition explores the breadth of Maar’s career, from her 1930s photomontages to her later life when she focused on other artistic pursuits.
Dora Versus Picasso runs at Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ from 26 to 30 November with performances Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £14. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
How to support Fractured Time’s production of Dora Versus Picasso
While the team at Fractured Time Productions have invested their own funds in the venue, cast and creative team of the production, they have also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover set, lighting, costume, props, music, marketing and a rehearsal space. At the time of writing, they are nearly two thirds of the way to achieving their fundraising goal. If you would like to help support the production, there are a number of rewards on offer, from thanks in the programme to signed posters, tickets for the show and invitations to a Q&A with the cast and team. Find out more about how to help.