Gulfshore Life: Bringing History Alive

Two shows offer fascinating looks at the Roosevelt family.

By Janina Birtolo

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As someone who’s been writing and performing one-woman shows about historical characters for a decade, I always want to see how others accomplish the same creative task. That’s why I’m particularly excited about March—it brings two very different chances to watch variations on the theme.

The first is a presentation at the Phil of Alice—An Evening with the Tart-Tongued Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Alice was, of course, the high-spirited daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. He once quipped that he could govern the country or govern Alice, but not both. The play allows the audience to eavesdrop on the 80-something Alice and an unseen interviewer from The Washington Post just prior to Tricia Nixon’s wedding in 1971.

Joy Davidson, who brought opera diva Maria Callas to life for Phil audiences last year, stars as the inimitable Alice. The play was written by Kitty Felde, a public radio reporter and KPCC’s Washington correspondent. Felde will take questions after the performances and give a behind-the-scenes lecture earlier in the week.

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About Joy Davidson

Joy Davidson, mezzo-soprano, began her career with a professional debut in Rossini’s Cenerentola with Greater Miami Opera and went on to sing 45 roles throughout Europe and North America. Since her retirement from the operatic and concert stage, Joy has returned to the theatre with performances as Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS (Terrance McNally) and two one woman dramas: MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas (Alma H. Bond) and ALICE: An Evening with the Tart-Tongued Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Kitty Felde). Recent performances of these plays have been at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, Florida, the Kravis/Rinker Center for the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL and Colorado State University in conjunction with Opera Fort Collins. ALICE sold out 5 performances at the Capital Fringe Festival, Washington D.C. July, 2011. Miss Davidson garnered rave reviews for her performance as the NURSE in MEDEA (Euripedes/Jeffers) for Theatre Conspiracy in March 2011. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts presented Miss Davidson in another one-woman tour de force, TEA AT FIVE (Matthew Lombardo), which captures the fiery spirit of Katharine Hepburn, March 11, 12, 2012.