The Rainbow Theatre Company
Edgemar Center for the Arts.
“Why We Have A Body.”
Directed by Tanna Frederick.
Produced by Alexandra Guarnieri.
Comedy by Claire Chafee.
Claire Chafee's elegant,
richly humorous comedy is all about love: romantic love, family love, sibling
love, lesbian love, sexual love, and the sometimes strange but wonderful things
that we do to satisfy our deepest desires and longings. Funny, sexy and
occasionally poignant, "Why We Have A Body" will make you, like Lily
and Renee, want to keep coming back for more.
Barbara Bain, Tanna Frederick,
Cathy Arden & Alexandra Sedrowski
The score is recreated live at each performance by five remarkable musicians.
A playful mix of jazz, funk, blues and classical music, combined with original
sound effects,dynamically interacting with the 4 actresses and reacting to the
Original music and sound design by Edward
KYLE O'DONNELL (Saxophonist)
TREVOR STEER (Pianist)
COOPER APPELT (bassist)
ROBERT HUMPHREYS (drummer and percussionist)
Opens: Friday, March 2nd, 2012 through April 29th, 2012
Regular show times: Thurs.- Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 5:00 p.m.
Ticket: $34.99. A limited number of seats will be available for
each performance at a discounted price just type in BODY
RSVP required: (310) 392-7327.
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Lili’s a private eye. Her specialty is divorce cases,
investigating adulterous husbands. But Lili herself is having an affair with a
married woman, Renee, who is (or was, up until this point) a heterosexual.
Lili has a sister, Mary, a career criminal who compulsively
robs convenience stores at gunpoint. But Mary is willing to make an effort at
having a straight (i.e., non-criminal life). For this, she will have Lili’s
More than anything, Lili and Mary want to be family. But
their mother, Eleanor, is forever exploring cultures in some other country or
on some other continent. Mary and Lili long for their Mom.
Claire Chafee is the playwright. “Why We Have A Body” is her
best-known play. It premiered in San Francisco in 1993, when it enjoyed a long
run, and was later successfully revived there last year. Ms. Chafee’s other
plays include “5 Women on a Hill in Spain,” “Darwin’s Finches,” and “Even Among
Tanna Frederick directs, and portrays Mary. A critically
praised audience favorite, she recently concluded record-breaking long runs on
stage in “Sylvia” and “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway” at Edgemar Center, where
she also appeared in “Always…But Not Forever.” She also appeared in Robey
Theatre Company’s “For The Love of Freedom: Toussaint” and at Skylight Theatre
in “A Safe Place.” Her lively film career includes performances in “Hollywood
Dreams,” “Irene in Time,” “Queen of the Lot” and the upcoming “Just 45 Minutes
From Broadway,” “The M Word,” and more. She has also been involved with
philanthropies ranging from Save Our Surf to the Iowa Film Festival.
Three-time Emmy ® winner Barbara Bain (“Mission: Impossible,”
“Space: 1999,” “Richard Diamond, Private Detective”) plays Eleanor.