Gertrude Stein musical makes West Coast premiere

LONG BEACH - "Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein," a musical about "loving life, loving thinking, loving making art and loving love," will make its West Coast premiere Jan. 21 when it opens at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.The musical, produced by International City Theatre, follows writer and poet Gertrude Stein from her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the "lost generation," a term she coined referring to those who came of age between the two world wars. She and her celebrated circle of artists, writers and thinkers, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway and her beloved "wife" Alice B. Toklas, changed the way contemporary artists see the world and express themselves. "This is not your ordinary, linear story," said director caryn desai [sic]. "It's all poetry, words and music. Stein was so fortunate that Alice did everything for her and allowed her to just create, think and write. Her influence on so many well-known artists was profound." First workshopped at Northwestern University in 2003, "Love Repeating" went on to win the 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work (Musical), for the world premiere production at Chicago's MCA Theater. "Love Repeating" opens Jan. 21 and closes Feb. 13, with performances on Thursdays - Sundays. Tickets start at $37 for Thursday showings. For tickets and information, call (562) 436-4610 or go to

********** Published: December 23, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 36