Beverly Hills, CA – The romantic comedy Parfumerie, adapted by E.P. Dowdall from the Hungarian play Illatszertar by Miklos Laszlo, will have a rare revival as the first theater production of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Lou Moore, Executive Director), for a limited 29 performance engagement November 26 to December 22, with a press opening on December 4. The production, directed by Mark Brokaw, who is currently represented on Broadway with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, centers on a romance that unfolds through love letters, a perfect homage to the historic Beverly Hills Post Office.
The English language Parfumerie had its premiere in 2009 with the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, in a new adaptation by E.P. Dowdall, Laszlo’s nephew, which took the property back to its original form exploring with equal emphasis, both the story of the young lovers as well as the troubled marriage of the shop owner. It has also been produced by the Toronto Soulpepper Theatre Company. Laszlo’s screenplay Katherine became the 1948 MGM film The Big City starring Margaret O’Brien, Robert Preston, Danny Thomas and George Murphy. His play St. Lazar’s Pharmacy received an American production, starring actress Miriam Hopkins; Pharmacy toured all over the United States in Canada.
As a special event, an exhibition on perfume entitled Timeless Scents: 1370-2013, a history of iconic fragrances through the ages is being created especially for The Wallis by Chandler Burr, former New York Times scent critic. The exhibition will be on view in the Lovelace Studio Theater during the engagement of Parfumerie.
Calendar Listing for Parfumerie
Venue: Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Performance November 26 to December 22 (press opening Wednesday, December 4)
Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Evenings at 8 pm
Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm and 7pm
Please note no performance Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving)
Tickets: Prices: $49.00-$129.00
In Person – Wallis Annenberg Center Box Office, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
By Phone – 310-746-4000
Online – www.thewallis.org
Cast: Cheryl Lynn Bowers, Adam Farabee, Andy Goldenberg, Linda Griffin, Ayre Gross, Jacob Kemp, Jackson Moran, Tony Pasqualini, Richard Schiff, Ariana Shore, Jayne Taini, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Jill Van Velzer, Matt Walton, Deborah Ann Woll