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Thursday, September 5, 2019


(Left: Shirley Johnston & Lynita Crofford)

Authentik Productions is proud to be touring to The Hilton Arts Festival this month with the theatrical production of Gertrude Stein and a Companion, starring Shirley Johnston and Lynita Crofford and directed by Chris Weare.

A tender love story of two eccentric Americans in Paris.

Way ahead of their time, Gertrude and Alice abandoned the conservative values of middle class America in the early 1900’s and found refuge in avant-garde Paris … and in each other.  Stein’s renowned salon attracted the artistic glitterati and literati of the day, including Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Hemingway and other luminaries residing in the bohemian French capital. They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love … and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.

The ‘lost generation’

The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colourful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which Wells has woven into a captivating theatre piece.  

This play has toured internationally and has won many awards.

Catch Gertrude Stein and a Companion at The Hilton Arts Festival in the KwaZulu-Natal on September 13 at 17h30, September 14 at 12h15 and on September 15 at 10h00. Bookings can be made on the website at