Sunday, September 30 at 6:30 pm
The State Theatre
719 Congress Ave.
HOLLYWOOD MELODY OF 1933
by Louise Richardson
Hollywood Melody of 1933 is both a tribute to and an updating of the movie musicals of Warner Brothers and RKO from the 1930s. An old-time vaudeville performer, made rich and famous by his stereotypical portrayals in silent films and early talkies, tries to woo the maid of a successful New York playwright who goes to Hollywood to write for the movies while the playwright’s ex-husband attempts to use her talents to save his fading career as a producer. Meanwhile, two brash young Broadway actors dodge gangsters and try to break into the movies with the help of the playwright and the old vaudevillian.
Louise Richardson was one of the few people actually born in Austin, Texas around the middle of the Twentieth Century. She has acted in, directed, and written plays in Austin since the late 1970s, including her “Hamlet the Dane”, which was presented at Capital City Playhouse in 1991, and “Chanteuse” (Act I, scene i), which appeared in the Short Fringe of FronteraFest 2007. In addition, Louise produced programs on KOOP radio and Austin Community Television, and now edits her own video travelogues and biographical tributes for fun and profit.