It is May of 1978 and Louise Brooks, the silent film star known for her most famous role of Lulu, in Pandora’s Box, is now a recluse in her dingy apartment in Rochester, NY. British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, who has idolized Brooks for years, arrives ostensibly to write a profile on her for the New Yorker. Despite their 20-year age gap an unlikely love story – observed and encouraged by Lulu - unfolds in a marathon dialogue about sex, philosophy, art, and criticism.
Since 2005 And Toto too Theatre Company produces new works by women playwrights.
Lost Creatures gives us an imagined behind the scenes look at the meetings for The New Yorker profile: THE GIRL IN THE BLACK HELMET June 11, 1979
Playwright Melissa Lucero McCarl storytelling captures us with nostalgia, humor, and a bit of wickedness befitting the real life characters she examines.
And Toto too Theatre Company co-founder and V.P. Susan Lyles explained why this play was chosen to close the season:
We chose Lost Creatures as the final production of our 11th season because of the smart and beautiful story of two people drawn together on an intellectual and soulful level while being separated by age and circumstance".
Lyles added a personal note:
As a Kansas girl I have always had an affinity for Louise.