This evocative and witty play, at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre, ‘Gertrude Stein and A Companion’ explores the extraordinary relationship between lifelong partners Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative value of middle class America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other.
Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets. They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies. The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colourful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which Wells has woven into an absorbing theatre piece.
WHAT: Gertrude Stein and A Companion – Drama – Directed by Chris Weare | Written by Win Wells | Performed by Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston | Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French .SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
WHEN: Mon 18th Jun – 20th Jun 7pm; Mon 25th Jun – 30th Jun 7pm and matinee on Sat 30th Jun at 4pm
TICKETS: Book securely online with a credit card for this show at Alexander Upstairs by visiting You can also purchase tickets in person at the bar anytime during our regular opening hours (Mon – Sat 11am to 1am, Sun 3pm – midnight)
WHERE: Alexander Bar & Café, 76 Strand Street (Corner Loop), Cape Town CBD, 8001
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