Based on the Carol Burnett memoir One More Time, this drama was staged by director Dan Maurer at Kelsey Theatre and won the 2010 Kelsey Theatre Award for Best Play. It centers on the heartbreak, love, and laughter shared by three generations of women as they battle alcoholism while chasing their dreams.
DIRECTED BY: Dan Maurer
LOCATION: Kelsey Theatre, West Windsor, NJ
DATE: October, 2009
COMPANY: Maurer Productions OnStage
WRITTEN BY: Carol Burnett & Carrie Hamilton
About Hollywood Arms
Winner of the 2010 Kelsey Theatre Award for Best Play
Winner of the 2010 Kelsey Theatre Award for Best Play, this production of Hollywood Arms was brought to the Kelsey stage in October, 2009 by director Dan Maurer and his producing partners John Maurer and Diana Gilman Maurer.
Based on Carol Burnett’s memoir One More time, the play is a dramedy set in 1940s Hollywood that centers on the heartbreak, love, and laughter shared by three generations of women living on welfare in a run-down apartment house. The cast of characters, based on Carol Burnett and her real-life relatives, includes no-nonsense grandmother Nanny; Louise, a beautiful, alcoholic mother determined to be a writer for movie magazines; Jody, an absent father who is struggling with his own demons; and Helen, a young girl whose only escape is the rooftop of their rundown building, where she creates her own magical world and dreams of a successful show business career. Ultimately, it is a story about shattered hopes and realized dreams.
The production included a cast of eleven actors, three who received award nominations for their performances. It also utilized a two-story set modeled after the design used in the original Broadway production, which featured transparent walls, running water, a roof-top playground, and an illuminated Hollywoodland sign.
Awards & Honors
This production of Hollywood Arms received the following awards and honors.
NJACT Perry Awards, 2010
Nominee, Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play (Kirsten Pasewaldt)
Nominee, Outstanding Youth Actress in a Play (Kayla Vanderbilt)
Nominee, Oustanding Stage Management of a Play (Diana Gilman Maurer)
The Kelsey Awards, 2010
Winner, Best Production of a Play
Winner, Best Director of a Play
Winner, Best Youth Actress in a Play (Kirsten Pasewaldt)
Winner, Best Actress in a Play (E. Nicole Spadafino)