Behind the scenes of the Hollywood classic…
Casablanca is a Hollywood classic but how many people know the true story of its Jewish director, Mihaly Kertesz, also known as Michael Curtiz? One of Warner Bros.’ most versatile and prolific directors, Curtiz was also responsible for such classics as Robin Hood, Mildred Pierce, Yankee Doodle Dandy and White Christmas. But behind the glamour of the movie set, this charismatic Hungarian Casanova left a legacy of heartbreak and scandal.
Playwright Michelanne Forster is Curtiz’s granddaughter and here she exposes the unknown side of this Hollywood genius and compulsive womanizer. She tells the story of her grandmother, Thilde Foerster – her success as a screenwriter for Pola Negri, her love affair with Curtiz, and her despair as the growing menace of Nazi Germany traps her young son in Vienna. Thilde fights with both Curtiz and Warner Bros. to bring her son to safety in USA. The deal she wrangles saves her son’s life but at a very high cost.
The play is set in Vienna, Hollywood and Brazil between the years 1919-1943. This is the first production staged in Australia. It will appeal to all those who love old Hollywood and strong biographical drama.
Season: October 14 – 28
Every Wed, Fri, Sat – 8pm
Sun Oct 15 & Sat Oct 21- 2pm