Dear Friends…Hope to see you there! With thanks, Linda

2009 Season
Presented by City of Calabasas

Events & Participating Countries in the 2009 Inaugural season

Moby Dick – Ishmael’s Tale by Conor Lovett and Judy Hegarty Lovett, Adapted from the novel by Herman Melville.

Performed by Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett of Gare St. Lazare Players, Ireland.

Renowned for their acclaimed, hilarious Beckett prose productions, Gare St Lazare Players now embark on one of the greatest novels ever written. The story follows Captain Ahab on his epic journey of revenge in pursuit of the great white whale 'Moby Dick'. Told by Ishmael who signs up on Ahab's ship, 'The Pequod', this is an adventure story of biblical proportions. Gare St Lazare Players Ireland are one of Ireland's most acclaimed theatre companies and have performed in over 17 countries worldwide. 

Thursday, August 20 – 8pm

The Carlson Family Theatre at Viewpoint School
23620 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas CA 91302 (map)

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An Evening with… Sir Donald Sinden

Knighted for his distinguished career as an actor, Sir Donald Sinden discusses his long career in an intimate and hysterically funny evening: how he made the transition from Rank Film Star to top classical actor with the RSC, farce on TV, theWest End stage and Broadway to a regular dramatic role in the hugely popular BBC series Judge John Deed. Laced with wonderful anecdotes (what happened after Marilyn Monroe knocked on his dressing-room door at Pinewood; which acting great crashed a warship while filming The Cruel Sea; the true secret of Dirk Bogardes's acting success) this is a rare chance to experience one of England’s finest actors share stories and tales from behind the scenes.

Friday, August 21 – 7pm

City of Calabasas Outdoor Amphitheatre
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas CA 91302 

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A Tale of a Lonely Man

Ofer Amram Company of Tel Aviv 
Bordering on fairytale, this chamber play of illusions is about closeness and tenderness, yearning and delusion, eros and death. A man with no knowledge of his past invents a female figure in the form of a life-sized doll and fabricates for himself invented memories of happiness. In time, his loneliness and imagination overtake him, and a family of life-sized puppets is created in his tiny room. Walking the fine line between fantasy and reality, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern whether 
he is the one playing or rather the one who is being played with. As catastrophe nears, the tale winds its way into our hearts and minds provoking our own dreams of family and the consequences of isolation from community. Accompanied by inspired original compositions, choreography and exquisite puppetry, “A Tale of a Lonely Man” is a moving and fantastic journey for all ages. From this performance, Amram received the “Promising Artist” award from the America-Israel Culture fund. The performance at the festival helps to mark the 100 year anniversary of Tel Aviv.

Saturday, August 22 – 8pm
Sunday, August 23 – 3pm

The Carlson Family Theatre at Viewpoint School
23620 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas CA 91302 

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Cabaret: Giselle Wolf

London cabaret artist Giselle Wolf sings songs from the heart about love hoped for won and lost. Her repertoire includes American standards, showtunes, jazz and French favorites. “Giselle Wolf is an interpreter whose consummate skills can deliver these messages of love, joy, sadness, regret, loss and just being human.” Glynn MacDonald, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Saturday, August 22 – Doors open at 9:30pm

Founders Hall
100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas CA 91302 (map)

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Closing Event
A Taste of Calabasas meets Cafe Burlesq-O! 

Chef extraordinaire Tommaso Barletta creates a culinary banquet filled with international flavors.  Hosted by Chef Tommaso & CITF Board Chairman Sandy Smith at sybaritic Riviera Restaurant & Lounge featuring Golden Globe winner and international cabaret, concert and recording artist Amanda McBroom performing songs from her newest cd Chanson, a tribute to France’s most famous balladeer of the 60’s, Jacques Brel.

Special Guest Appearance by

Amanda McBroom


The Songs of Jacques Brel

Best known for her award-winning song The Rose (#1 hit by Bette Midler in 1979), Amanda McBroom has been called “…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.”

Sunday, August 23 – Doors open at 5pm
Riviera Restaurant & Lounge
23683 Calabasas Road
Calabasas CA 91302 

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for groups of 10 or more


$25 each

Closing Gala
at Riviera Restaurant



All access festival pass



All events on Sat. 8/22




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