Cynthia Comsky and the Ebell of Los Angeles present
“Come Get Maggie”
What better place than a storied women’s club to present a brand new musical about a woman written by women? “Come Get Maggie” is the musical and “PLAYdate” is the forum.
The Playdate concept – a reading followed by dinner – was developed by new Ebell member Cynthia Comsky, who previously presented a similar series called Second Sundays in a Los Angeles restaurant. The Ebell’s Lounge is the ideal setting, says Cynthia. “It’s appropriate and kind of wonderful that it’s going to be here. I was born in Los Angeles and as a little girl I came to the Ebell with my grandmothers.” She remembers seeing performers including dancer Carmen De Lavallade.
Cynthia adds, “Hearing a new play read by professional actors puts you up close at the beginning of something creative. And then you have the fun of staying afterwards to share the experience with others over a glass of something and dinner. The experience is only going to happen once and then the play begins to take on a life of its own!
This month’s reading features 13 actors. Award-winning TV writer Diane Frolov, whose credits include “Northern Exposure,” “The Sopranos” and “The Chris Isaak Show,” wrote the book and lyrics. She holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA and is a former member of Theatre West in Los Angeles. Composer/lyricist Susan Justin has a music degree from UCLA. As a singer and songwriter, she played the LA Club Circuit. She has three decades experience as a film composer and is also a choral music educator for Santa Monica-Malibu USD, whose remarkable music program is nationally acclaimed.
PLAYdate will be a regular event at the Ebell. Says Cynthia, “There will be new plays, like ‘Maggie,’ and there will be plays that have been on stages around the world. There will be new talent and acclaimed talent doing one of the things they all know how to do best: perform for an audience.” She is already at work on the Ebell’s next PLAYdate.