The Schoolhouse Theater and Arts Center in Croton Falls turns up the heat this season with the world premiere of Lois Robbins’ one-woman show, “L.O.V.E.R. (Baring it All!)” on June 8. It’s a comic, poignant riff on love and lust from a grown-up woman’s point of view.
A native New Yorker, Robbins is best known for her roles on daytime television, including “One Life to Live,” “Loving,” “Ryan’s Hope” and “All My Children.” She was most recently seen in “Blowtorch,” opposite Billy Baldwin, Kathy Najimy and Armand Assante. Earlier this year, she wrapped production on two independent films – “Juvie,” alongside Eric Roberts; and “Ithaca,” directed by Meg Ryan and produced by Playtone (Tom Hanks’ production company.) In “Ithaca,” she co-stars with Ryan, Sam Shepard and Melanie Griffith.
But we are most excited to hear she’ll be shooting a new film version of Henry James’ “The Aspern Papers” in Venice with Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Filled with Jamesian irony and cross-purposes – How could it not be? – “The Aspern Papers” is about a researcher who romances a woman only in the hope of gaining access to the papers of a dead poet who was the lover of the woman’s aunt. James got the idea from the letters that Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to his wife Mary’s stepsister, Claire Clairmont, who saved them until she died.
Sounds like Robbins is on a roll.
“L.O.V.E.R.” will run weekends through June 25. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays at the Schoolhouse. Tickets are $38; $35 for senior citizens.
For tickets and more, visit schoolhousetheater.org.
– Georgette Gouveia