In Bakersfield Mist, playing January 31st to February 26th, Centaur Theatre explores the topic of authenticity and its value—in both art and people—for its first production of 2017. A hit both in London’s West End and in Los Angeles, the comedic two-hander inspired by true events reunites Canadian gem, Nicola Cavendish, (Shirley Valentine, The Goodnight Bird, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again) with her Glorious! co-star of ten years ago, the multi-talented composer, pianist, lyricist, writer and actor, Jonathan Monro, making his Centaur debut in his newly adopted hometown.
In a kitsch-infested trailer park in Bakersfield, California, hard-drinking, chain-smoking, down-and-out, Maude Gutman, is convinced she bought an unknown Jackson Pollock masterpiece worth millions at a junk shop for a measly three bucks! The question is whether Lionel Percy, the highbrow art expert she’s invited to authenticate it, will agree. He’s about to get a crash course on what makes art, and people, truly authentic in a hilarious clash of cultures and classes.
“Cavendish and Monro capture the fun of big ideas in small moments with disarming and fetching nonchalance on her part,
scads of stuffy pretence on his.” – Broken Leg Reviews
“These two characters work magic on the stage; Bakersfield Mist is honest,
hilarious and joyful to watch. Don’t miss it.” – VancouverScape
“[…] hilarious play which is a fun, thought-provoking tale that is well worth seeing” – Review Vancouver
Media Call: Tuesday January 31st at 12:30pm
Complimentary coffee and biscotti will be served, courtesy of Centaur Theatre’s Season Sponsor, Bonaparte Restaurant. Admission is FREE!Talk Backs: Go behind the curtain with Bakersfield Mist’s director, Roy Surette, actors Nicola Cavendish and Jonathan Monro, following the evening performance on Thursday February 9th and the matinée presentation on Sunday February 12th.Production Dates:
Previews: Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 8:00 PM
Opening: February 2 8:00 PM
Evenings: Tues. through Sat. 8:00 PM
Matinées: Sat. and Sun. 2:00 PM
Wed. Feb. 8 1:00 PM
Dark: Mondays – – – – – – –
Closing: Sun. Feb. 26 2:00 PM