Love All Alices, The Play
Love All Alices tells the story of legendary New York City acting teacher Alice Spivak, who taught for more than 60 years and died in 2020 at the age of 85. She was a born storyteller. Herbert Bergof said of her, “Alice goes to the bathroom and comes back with a story.” With a native New Yorker’s frankness, and a lifelong performer’s ear for the dramatic, she would regale anyone in her presence with wild tales from her life. While her contributions were made mainly behind the scenes, Spivak’s stories, theories, and radical imagination offer a new way to look at craft and performance. Director Lavinia Jones Wright interviewed Alice Spivak over the course of three years, and wrote Love All Alices entirely from her words. The play premiered in a staged reading event this summer at the Connelly Theater, beginning on what would have been Alice’s 87th birthday: August 11th, 2022, by 40 actors who knew her.
“The show must go on, is a real true thing. And it can happen. Actually that happens, it happens a lot. The show must go on. Simply does go on.” - Alice Spivak, 2018
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