Written by Cal student Eleanor Hammond, Walls is filled with fire, fun, and feminist thought. It follows the story of artist and Whitney Museum's founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and her story of liberation as an artist in the 1920s. It has a variety of musical genres from musical theater, spoken-word, rock, and pop ballads that all meld together to tell the story of what it means to be an artist in 1920s New York! With 21 songs, a 12-person cast, and an 8-piece orchestra, this is a full-fledged new production you do not want to miss!|
Writer Eleanor Hammond stumbled upon the compelling 1916 portrait of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney by Robert Henri on a trip to the Whitney Museum in New York. Witnessing Gertrude's commanding pose as she laid on a couch in a Venus-like position and stared directly into the viewer's eyes, Eleanor was captivated. The work's caption stated that her husband refused to allow Gertrude to hang her portrait in their home because she was wearing pants. This striking fact inspired Eleanor to write a song called "Walls" which takes place during the climax of the show, after Gertrude's husband takes down her painting, leaving her alone on stage. In the song, Gertrude expresses her sudden decision to put an end to her husband's oppression over her identity as an artist and pioneering woman by leaving him and opening the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
A couple years later, Eleanor decided she wanted to turn Gertrude's story into a full-length production titled Walls: The Musical. As a freshman in college, her proposal to write and produce Walls won the Musical Theatre Award from UC Berkeley. That following summer, Eleanor wrote the 125-page script and 21 songs that would make the musical and gathered her complete production team. She recently found her talented and driven cast that are excited to bring this story and its characters to life!
Come see our debut in April and May!
**tickets close 12 hours before each performance; any extra tickets will be available at the door**
Support our show: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/walls-a-new-musical#/
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Study Breaks article: https://studybreaks.com/students/uc-berkeley-eleanor-hammond/
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La Val's Subterranean Theater (View)
1834 Euclid Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|