“Master Class,” written by Terrence McNally, finds the Greek singer near the end of her career, her voice almost gone, as she uses wicked humor, unrelenting criticism and deeply personal stories to instruct a group of aspiring young singers. Delving into the life and work of one of the 20th century’s greatest talents, the play is a complex exploration of the relationship of an artist to her art.
Gigi Bermingham stars as Callas in the play, which opens at ICT, located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, on March 22. It runs for four weeks, with preview tickets available for March 20-21. Directed by Todd Neilsen, the cast also includes Jennifer Shelton, Tyler Milliron, James Lent and Jeremy Mascia.
Maria Callas was one of the great operatic stars of the 20th century, with an unmatched passion for her work. Born in New York City, she received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. Forced to deal with the issues of wartime poverty and with myopia that left her nearly blind on stage, she endured struggles and scandal over the course of her career, which included her love affair with Aristotle Onassis.
For information on “Master Class,” call 562-436-4610 or visit www.InternationalCityTheatre.org. Ticket prices are as follows: Opening Night: $50 (includes reception following the performance); Friday, Saturday, Sunday: $45; Thursday: $38; Previews: $29.