WHAT IS STONEFACE ?
STONEFACE: THE RISE AND FALL AND RISE OF BUSTER KEATON is an original play written by Vanessa Claire Stewart that follows the life and career of the legendary silent film great Buster Keaton. It was directed Jaime Robledo for Sacred Fools in Hollywood.
PAT TOWNE AS LOUIS B. MAYER
Vanessa Stewart wrote STONEFACE as a birthday present for her husband French Stewart whose hero is Buster Keaton. STONEFACE uses the Keaton’s own work to elevate the storytelling of his life beyond the average bioplay. Chronicled through the lens of his own silent films, Stoneface recreates some of Buster Keaton's most memorable gags live on stage, weaving them into the story of his personal life.
Pat Towne played Keaton's nemesis Louis B. Mayer, the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM Studios) and the man responsible for bringing Keaton into the 'studio system' of the early days of Hollywood, which to many, led to Keaton's star to fall from his artistic stature in Hollywood.
STONEFACE went on to win 5 LAWeekly Awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble, it also won an Ovation Award for Musical Composition for a play, and an LA Drama Critics Award for Video Design.
The success of STONEFACE's sold out run at Sacred Fools led to the play being chosen by The Pasadena Playhouse to be a part of its 2014 season.
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