Background of MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas

Maria Callas "The Art of Self-Staging" (2006) Exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Maria Callas "The Art of Self-Staging" (2006) Exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Maria Callas "The Art of Self-Staging" (2006) Exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum,  Vienna

Maria Callas "The Art of Self-Staging" (2006) Exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

MARIA: The Life and Loves of Maria Callas, Alma H. Bond’s play which ran for several months in 2000 in Greenwich Village, N.Y., gave Davidson a second role as Maria Callas, the first being Callas in Terrance McNally’s Master Class. Bond’s play featuring Miss Davidson as Callas, included a six-person cast. The 53 minute one-woman drama was developed to facilitate a question and answer period for the audience and artist. Curiosity concerning Maria Callas, one of the world’s most fascinating divas, has increased in the 30-some years since her untimely death in 1977 at age 53.  The monologue and discussion is 90 minutes and presented without intermission.

This astonishing one-woman play is based on Bond’s book The Autobiography of Maria Callas: A Novel. Bond (alma_bond.tripod.com) is the author of 15 published books, including  Margaret Mahler: A Biography of the Psychoanalyst, Camille Claudel, a Novel and Who Killed Virginia Woolf? A Psychobiography. Dr. Bond retired from a successful Manhattan practice as a psychoanalyst in 1991 to write full time. In researching her book on Callas, Bond listened exhaustively to tapes of the opera star and read everything she could find that had been written about her. Her research included interviews with close friend of Callas including John Ardoin.

Bill Taylor, dramaturge and director for the one-woman version is the artistic director of Theatre Conspiracy in Fort Myers, Florida, which has produced more than 30 world-premiere plays over the past 10 years.

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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.