The Portable Dorothy Parker

A New Play by Annie Lux
Directed by Lee Costello
Performed by Margot Avery

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The Pittsburgh Fringe - March 31st to April 2nd

"If you are a Dorothy Parker connoisseur, do not skip this performance."

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The Lodge at Sante Fe - November 6th thru 8th

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The Portable Dorothy Parker

The year is 1943, the place, a hotel room in New York City. Dorothy Parker -- famed for her wit and her presence at the legendary Algonquin Round Table -- sorts through her works, reminiscing about her life: her many loves and heartbreaks, her famous friends (Lillian Hellman, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway), the wits of the Round Table (Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman…), the founding of The New Yorker, as she prepares her first collection for Viking Press: The Portable Dorothy Parker.

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Artist Bios

Annie Lux - Playwright

Annie’s plays include Natural Disasters, Lives of Saints, and Grimm Reality. Her most recent play, The Portable Dorothy Parker, has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Richmond, Virginia, and at last year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. She holds degrees in playwriting from New York University and Columbia University. Annie has also written for publications including New Mexico magazine, Jane magazine, New Observations, and Her first book, Historic New Mexico Churches, was published by Gibbs Smith Publishers in 2007, and was a finalist at the New Mexico Book Awards. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lee Costello - Director

Lee has directed numerous productions in New York, as well as regional theatre. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre, LA. While living in NY she was a member of The Circle Rep Lab, The Women’s Project and Productions, and was a teaching artist for The Lincoln Center Institute. Her New York credits include Extensions by Murray Schisgal and The Portable Dorothy Parker at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Cowboy Girl at New York Theatre Workshop, Heads at La Mama, The Adventures of She-Man at The Westbank Theatre Bar, and Did I Vote For You?, an original play with music which received a special performance grant from the Franklin Furnace. Lee wrote and directed The NOW Show, (a multimedia send-up of the late night talk shows), which sold out for its entire run at Dixon Place. A short play of Lee’s Hearts, Flowers, and Jell-O, was featured at the 10th anniversary of The 52nd Street Project at Lincoln Center Lee now resides in Los Angeles, where she has directed for The Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, Theatre of Note, Highways, The Second City, The Hollywood Fringe Festival, The Blank Theatre, and REDCAT at the Disney Concert Hall. Currently she produces Sci-Fest LA, the annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Festival, and is the Executive Director of Mob Rule, Incorporated, a non-profit community outreach project.

Margot Avery - Performer

A third generation actress, Margot made her debut at age nine in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on Broadway. Since then she has worked with many companies in New York & regionally. Margot has been to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival four times: in ’95 & ’96 in collections of Arlene Hutton’s short plays, and in her As It Is In Heaven in 2001 (nominated for The Stage Award for Ensemble Acting Excellence), and in David’s Balls, a one woman play by L. B. Kovetz in 2003, which Margot also produced. She has performed in many other festivals including Piccolo Spolettto in Charleston, SC; the Seattle and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals and the very first FringeNYC. Highlights since 2003 include theAtrainplays and theAtrain(re)plays, The Vagina Monologues (three different times), the role of Barbara in the NYC Premier of Nickel & Dimed, Lily in Robin Rice Lichtig’s The Power of Birds, Hannah in the 10th anniversary production of As It Is In Heaven, and in Going Out and Coming Back at Ensemble Studio Theatre (member-artist.) Proud member of Actors Equity Association.

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  • "If you are a Dorothy Parker connoisseur, do not skip this performance."

  • "This portrait of Dot Parker, reminiscing on the who's who of her era, has legs — primarily for its ability to defy presumptions."

  • "Avery carries the show with her composure and her handling of Parker's language."

  • "This is the type of tightly written, keenly directed, subtly performed piece that is a pleasure to breathe in."

  • "The work of artists such as Lux & Avery will help ensure that Dorothy Parker is remembered for far more than a joke about glasses."

  • "This was beyond enjoyable and so informative. … Margot Avery has impeccable delivery and I could have spent hours in her company."