April 20, 21 8pm Friday and Saturday night
Rosebud, the Lives of Orson Welles by Mark Jenkins
Starring Erik Van Beuzekom
Directed by Pattie Miles
Erik has performed Rosebud for 6 years and over 60 performances in Seattle, Los Angeles, Bainbridge Island, Port Townsend and Woodstock Illinois at the 100th birthday party for Orson Welles. It is a show for Welles lovers and those unfamiliar with Welles. A two act piece that spans 90 minutes.
Erik will be performing Rosebud in Vienna Austria on May 5,6 at the Third man Museum. These are warm up performances for that small run. There will be a Q&A after each performance.
"Rosebud the Lives of Orson Welles is a show not to be missed, and Van Beuzekom's portrayal is one to be hailed as Brilliant and true."- Jefferson County Leader
"....The show hinges on Van Beuzekoms credibility, and he never waivers, he is by turns charming, hilarious and chilling......it's an evening of theatre not to be missed."-Kitsap Sun
Jenkins' play covers many of the highpoints, from Voodoo Macbeth, to the Martians, through Kane, Ambersons, Harry Lime, Falstaff, to his decline as a commercial spokesman. At only 70-80 minutes, it's basically Welles 101, but there is more than enough there to recognize the general trajectory of Welles's career, how varied it was, and to provide some intriguing and plausible theories about what caused his rise and fall. For example, near the end of Act One, Welles, at the peak of his power following the "Citizen Kane" triumph, recalls Hearst saying to him during their fabled elevator ride together, "You think you've destroyed me? You've destroyed yourself instead."
"I'm always in awe when I see a one-man (or woman) show… Van Beuzekom channels Welles very confidently and charismatically … brilliantly captures the essence of Welles's restless creative spirit, and his mercurial genius." – Mike Teal, Wellesnet