“THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS GARLAND” IN CATSKILL AUGUST 19-28
Her talent is legendary, her true story electrifying. The iconic Judy Garland comes to vivid dramatic life in Billy Van Zandt’s “The Property Known as Garland”, slated for performance at the Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy, 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, Fridays through Sundays from August 19th until the 28th. Flo Hayle directs Kathleen Devine (ALL MY CHILDREN, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW) and Caedmon Holland (LUCKY LINDY, CHRISTMAS IN JULY) in this wickedly witty and touching trip down the yellow brick road of Judy’s astounding career.
It’s March 25, 1969, backstage at the Falconer Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark on the night of what turns out to be Judy’s final concert. A young stage manager keeps coming to her dressing room, trying to make certain she’s ready to perform. But she’s anxious and edgy and to postpone having to go onstage she starts to tell him stories, dishing the dirt on childhood, her MGM co-stars, her husbands, and much, much more. It’s a love letter to Garland — a tribute to her incredible spirit, her survival instinct, and her wit.
“The Property Known as Garland” will be presented for six performances only – August 19-28, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm, with a special “Pay-What-You-Can” performance Sunday August 21. Regular tickets are $20, $10 for patrons age 21 and under, and can be pre-purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets will also be on sale at the door one half hour prior to each performance on a space available basis. The Bridge Street Theatre Speakeasy is located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, NY. For more information, visit the theatre online at BridgeSt.org.
KATHLEEN DEVINE (Judy) started her life in NYC by winning an ABC nationwide talent scholarship and receiving classical acting training at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has appeared in starring roles on “One Life to Live” (Pamela Shepard), and “Search for Tomorrow” (Faye Chandler) and has also been seen on “As the World Turns”, “Ryan’s Hope”, “All My Children”, and other soaps. Kathleen was featured as Mrs. Molloy in the Broadway National tour of HELLO, DOLLY! with Yvonne DeCarlo and has also toured with SWEET CHARITY, APPLAUSE, MY FAIR LADY, and THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. Her films include “The Brass Ring” and “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s”, as well as independent films like “Tug”, “Classified Rebel” and “Picking up the Pieces”. Off-Broadway performances include VINCENT, RAPPACCINI’S DAUGHTER, and THE MOST HAPPY FELLA. In this region, she has performed in SONDHEIM: BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, COMPANY, ONE MORE TOMORROW, SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, and her cabaret, SIMPLY DEVINE, which debuted at Fort Salem and is headed for a new future in Manhattan. This summer she’ll be co-directing and playing Lucy in YOU’RE AN OLD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at Fort Salem Theatre as well as the iconic Judy Garland at Bridge Street Theatre.
CAEDMON HOLLAND (Ed) is a 25-year old actor from Delmar, NY. He grew up learning theater and at the age of six started attending The New York State Theater Institute’s summer theatre program. He continued with this until the age of 14 when, during his high school years, he started focusing more on film. At 19, Caedmon transferred to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. While there, he was part of the only Western Theater school performance in the world to be invited to participate in the First International Asian Theater Festival in 2010. Caedmon graduated UNM with a BA in Theater in December of 2014. Since then, he’s been back home in upstate NY, performing locally with Bridge Street Theatre in LUCKY LINDY and Kaaterskill Actors Theater in CHRISTMAS IN JULY among others, and trying to build his resume for a move to NYC or LA.
FLO HAYLE (Director). Flo Hayle has participated in all aspects of theatre throughout her career. An accomplished and beloved cabaret singer, she has known many of the greats including Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli and Hildegarde. She has appeared in dozens of plays and musicals including SOPHIE by Steve Allen and, more recently, SENIOR MOMENTS at the Fort Salem Theatre. She has been seen in TV commercials for Total Cereal and Volkswagen, among others. As a director and producer, she was producing off-Broadway long before there was anything known as “off-Broadway”, was casting director for Muriel Cigars, Coppertone, and Maybelline, and director of PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE at The Ghent Playhouse. Flo hosts a weekly radio interview show called “Arts Alive” on 98.5FM and 93.5FM.
BILLY VAN ZANDT (Playwright) is a writer, director, producer, actor, and comedian. After starring in a series of his own plays, Billy made his feature film debut in “Jaws 2”. The success of his comedies (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hired him as a writer for the acclaimed Newhart television series. A career lasting three decades of producing and writing for television ensued. Between TV assignments, Billy produces, co-writes and stars in his stage plays, including Off-Broadway’s acclaimed YOU’VE GOT HATE MAIL, SILENT LAUGHTER, DROP DEAD! and THE PROPERTY KNOWN AS GARLAND (starring Adrienne Barbeau). Billy’s biggest career thrill was acting alongside his idol Lucille Ball on her final television series. A year after Lucy’s passing, Billy and Jane were nominated for an Emmy for writing and producing a television special where they unveiled the original pilot episode of “I Love Lucy”. They won both People’s Choice and NAACP Image Awards for their work on the Martin Lawrence comedy “Martin” and a Prism Multi-Cultural Award for TV’s “The Hughleys”. Billy lives in New Jersey and California.