GARDEN OF ALLA: The Alla Nazimova Story
The 1920s was the time of flappers, flamboyance, and the face of Alla Nazimova! Garden of Alla, an original multimedia solo show, tells the story of perhaps the most famous star you’ve never heard of and one of the most visionary artists of the 20th century: trailblazing lesbian iconoclast Alla Nazimova. A Jewish immigrant who escaped Tsarist Crimea, she went on to become a Broadway megastar, silent film legend, and one of the first female directors and producers in Hollywood. Her infamous Garden of Alla on Sunset Boulevard hosted the who’s who of Hollywood’s literati and glitterati, where the stars came “out.” In Garden of Alla, Nazimova raises her voice once more to tell it like it was… and still is.
The immersive video and haunting original score envelop the performer in a panoramic live silent movie, echoing Nazimova’s visionary, larger-than-life, iconic story. The show was last seen at the Cutting Room and on Theater Row at Theater 555. Earlier shows include the Kennedy Center, the Players Club, 59E59, HERE, Dixon Place, and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Written and Performed by Romy Nordlinger
Directed by Lorca Peress
Original Score and Sound Design by Nick T. Moore
Video Design by Adam Burns