Press Release: A Certain Lady at Alexander Upstairs (10 Feb - 1 Mar)

January 18, 2014

Based on the short stories of American literary icon, Dorothy Parker, A Certain Lady explores the heart of a woman in the 1920’s. Through five interwoven stories, the play examines a woman of wit living in the Jazz Age and her relationships with men, whiskey and the waltz. Dry, dark and sarcastic, A Certain Lady says what we wish we could at a dinner party and what we never should say on the telephone.


Directed by Greg Karvellas, the acclaimed director of Champ and The Frontiersmen, and performed by award-winning actress and member of The Mechanicals Collective, Emily Child, A Certain Lady is a painfully funny and unromantic look at romance, taxi rides and disobedient garters…


Emily Child graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2007 with a Theatre and Performance Degree, specializing in Acting.  Since then she has worked independently and as a proud member of acclaimed theatre troupe The Mechanicals, whose work has garnered her numerous Fleur Du Cap award nominations. Her recent work includes Shakespeare's “LEAR” directed by Guy De Lancey,  “CHAMP” by Louis Viljoen and directed by Greg Karvellas which she performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2013, as well as Marc Camoletti’s  farce “Don’t Dress for Dinner” directed by Steven Stead, which toured Johannesburg and Cape Town. In December 2013 Emily was part of LA based Zombie Joe’s Underground and Mechanicals’ co-production  “Urban Death”, directed by Jana Wimer. On screen Emily can be seen in the online Mockumentary series pilot “Armed Response” which just won the best short film at the SHNIT International Festival.


Greg Karvellas is a UCT alumni who studied under Christopher Weare, Mark Fleishman, Liz Mills and Geoffrey Hyland. Greg has worked as a director, producer, actor and production manager in theatre, film and television for over ten years. He is the co-owner (with Louis Viljoen) of Dark Red Productions which has produced the plays “The Abusers” (director), “The Bile Boys” (actor), “The Frontiersmen” (director) and “The Verbalists” (designer), as well as the feature film “Cowboy” (actor). Greg also directed the hit play “CHAMP”, which ran at Artscape, the Fugard Theatre, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.


Theatre – Solo PerformanceDirected by Gregory Karvellas

Performed by Emily Child

Based on the short stories of Dorothy Parker with thanks to the NAACP for the use of Ms Parker's work

Duration: 60mins


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