* World Premiere

Tales from Hollywood (1986)
Tales From Hollywood is an ambitious and witty, yet tragic, story of emigre writers working behind the “silver screen” of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. The story hinges on the ingenious premise that if the popular Hungarian writer Odom von Horvath had not been killed in a freak accident in Paris in 1938, on his way to America, he might have joined the band of prominent European artists who fled from the Nazis and ended up working in the back hallways of Hollywood.

The play imaginatively creates 13 years of von Horvath’s stay in Los Angeles. Through his eyes we meet Bertolt Brecht, Helene Weigel, Thomas Mann, Salka Viertel, Heinrich and Nellie Mann, Lionel Feuchtwanger, and some of the screen greats of that remarkable era—Johnny Weissmuller, the Marx Brothers, Garbo, and others.
About the Play
Written By: Christopher Hampton
On the Screen: IMDB Details
About the Production
Run Dates: 7/10/1986 - 8/3/1986
Program: Program (.pdf)
Venue: Queen Anne
Directed By: Jeff Steitzer
Cast: Laurence Ballard - Ödön von Horvath
B.J. Douglas - Marta Feuchtwanger
Susan Finque - Helene Weigel
Ray Fry - Thomas Mann
Stephanie Kallos - Helen Schwartz
David S. Klein - Lion Feuchtwanger; Art Nicely
Jo Leffingwell - Nelly Mann
Rex McDowell - Charles Money; Hal, barman
Tony Mockus - Heinrich Mann
Mary Petzold - Salka Viertel
Rod Pilloud - Jacob Lomakhin
Russell J. Reed - Young Man
Peter Silbert - Bertolt Brecht
Laurel Anne White - Toni Spuhler, the cook; Angel
Behind the Scenes: Laura Crow - Costume Designer
Gregory A. Falls - Producing Director
Michael Holten - Sound Designer
Rick Paulsen - Lighting Designer
Phil Schermer - Producing Manager
Susan Trapnell Moritz - Administrative Manager
James Verdery - Production Stage Manager
Scott Weldin - Scenic Designer