The Ladies of the Camelias by Lillian Groag

A hilarious farce about a semi-historical meeting between the raving 19th century divas Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse, taking place in a theatre taken over by a Russian bolshevik terrorist.  

 

Scenic design by David Leugs

Lighting design by Catie Dreher

Costume design by Marcia van Kuiken

 

Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt

The diva of 19th century Romantic Theatre

Sara and Eleonora
Sara and Eleonora

The rivals in a rare empathetic moment

Eleonora, Terrorist, Sara
Eleonora, Terrorist, Sara

In this play a louse of Bolshevik terrorist attempts to take over the theatre.

The leading men
The leading men

Clinging to one another in terror

The maid, Sara's assistant
The maid, Sara's assistant

She is treated as a slave, even though she's the best actress among the three.

Bolshevik Terrorist
Bolshevik Terrorist

He tries to take over the theatre on the famous night when Eleonora Duese and Sarah Bernhardt were in Paris.

The farcical action
The farcical action

The action of this play is a bit of a crazy farce as the characters rival one another even in the midst of a terrorist takeover

Eleonora
Eleonora

She placed her roses into the camelias, to reveal the end of the rivalry.

Eleonora and Sara's leading men
Eleonora and Sara's leading men

They find themselves caught in a terrible place and bond together to survive.