Judith Chapman, who plays scheming Gloria Fisher Bardwell on The Young and the Restless, continues to take audiences on a journey into the triumph and madness of Gone with the Wind star Vivien Leigh in the upcoming play Vivien. The critically acclaimed, one-woman show is set to run November 18, 19 and 20 at the Coachella Valley Repertory in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Vivien opens in a darkened theater with the title character reflecting on her tumultuous relationship with Laurence Olivier, her battles with manic depression and tuberculosis, and her insecurities, despite winning Oscars for Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Throughout the play, Leigh has intriguing “conversations” with the people who touched her the most. Among them: Olivier, Winston Churchill, close friend Katharine Hepburn, co-star and lover Peter Finch and critic Kenneth Tynan, whose harsh stage reviews haunted the actress throughout her career.
Chapman last starred in Vivien in August at the Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times praised the production, stating, “It’s hard to imagine anyone inhabiting the role (of Vivien Leigh) more convincingly than soap opera veteran Judith Chapman. Her mastery of Leigh’s mannerisms…is uncanny.” Backstage called Vivien a “smart and elegant showcase” and praised Chapman’s work as “a bravura performance, through and through.”
For ticket information visit www.cvrep.org.