February 15 and 17

BACKYARD STAGE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

HAND SEWN LOVE:
WOMEN TALKIN' STORY

 



Press Release

Contact: Heidi Townshend-Zellner
 310-804-0095

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Santa Barbara, CA, January 25, 2008 - Backyard Stage Productions announces the premiere theatrical production of Hand Sewn Love: Women Talkin’ Story in honor of Marion Woodman, internationally acclaimed writer, teacher and Jungian analyst. In this production, three women will explore the many facets of love through their touching and provocative personal monologues.
   
The production of Hand Sewn Love: Women Talkin’ Story will be held at the Center Stage Theater on Friday evening, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, February 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the Center Stage Theater box office by calling 805-963-0408 or on their website at  www.centerstagetheater.org Center Stage Theater is located in Paseo Nuevo in the heart of the downtown cultural district. The program contains adult language and content and is not suitable for children.

Proceeds from the production will be donated to Opus Archives and Research Center, housing the archival collections of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman and Marion Woodman (partial list). Opus Archives and Research Center is located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute.

The performance of Hand Sewn Love: Women Talkin’ Story honors Marion Woodman, LLD, DHL, PhD, a Jungian Analyst, teacher and author with more than a million copies of her books selling worldwide, with 19 editions in nine languages. Her books include: The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter; Addiction to Perfection; The Pregnant Virgin; The Ravaged Bridegroom; Leaving My Father's House; Conscious Femininity; Dancing in the Flames (with Elinor Dickson); Coming Home to Myself (with Jill Mellick); The Forsaken Garden: Four Conversations on the Deep Meaning of Environmental Illness, Marion Woodman, Ross Woodman, Sir Laurens van der Post, and Thomas Berry, edited by Nancy Ryley; The Maiden King (with Robert Bly); and Bone-Dying Into Life

A visionary in her own right, Marion Woodman has worked with the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung in an original and creative way. She is the Chair of the Marion Woodman Foundation. www.mwoodman.org

Edie Barrett, Tiare Newport and Heidi Townshend-Zellner will perform their personal monologues for Hand Sewn Love: Women Talkin’ Story.  Joshua Townshend-Zellner from Alchemy Productions will direct the production.



L-R: Edie Barrett, 
Heidi Townshend-Zellner, Tiare Newport

Edie Barrett was born in Germany and lived most of her childhood in Arizona.
At 13 she moved to Meeker, Colorado, where she completed high school and lived with an Episcopal priest and his wife. At 17 she legally emancipated.

Edie moved to Santa Barbara 23 years ago to attend UCSB. She dedicated ten years of her life to working with adolescents in crisis and has worked in the Mythological Studies Department of Pacifica Graduate Institute for the last twelve years. She is a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a colleague and a fellow traveler on the road to Transformation.

At the age of 8 Tiare Newport fell in love with horses, and cowboys, when Paniolo (Hawaiian for cowboy) Gordon Cran taught her the graceful movement of roping and riding. Mokuleia Ranch on the north shore of Oahu was a gathering place for old Hawaii families. The days belonged to the Paniolo, but the nights belonged to Kākā ‘ōlelo (Hawaiian for storyteller). One such storyteller was Joseph Campbell, who was a regular during their summer gatherings.

Tiare works in the Alumni Affairs and Public Program offices of Pacifica Graduate Institute which has been her intellectual home since she arrived as a student in 1984. She looks forward to retiring to her spiritual home, at the base of Colorado’s Flat Irons near her children and grandchildren, where she will write, teach, and ride.

Heidi Townshend-Zellner currently practices Dreamwork at Beauty and Wisdom in Santa Monica, California and has worked with dreams for over 20 years. She has studied DreamTending with Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute, for the past seven years. She has also studied with Nancy Anne Tappe of Starling Publishers from Carlsbad, and Harry Jim, Kahuna from the Big Island of Hawaii.

Heidi has an M.B.A. from the University of Redlands and teaches Investor Relations at the University of California, Irvine Extension.  Heidi is a native Californian and lives in Pacific Palisades.

Joshua Townshend-Zellner has been professionally involved in theatre, film and the entertainment industry for over 25 years as a writer, actor, producer and director.  Joshua is founder and CEO of Alchemy Productions which has produced several industrials and documentaries. He directed and produced the film INTIMACY, a documentary about intimate relationships, which was as an official selection at several prestigious film festivals around the country.

Joshua has trained with many luminaries of the International Theatre scene. His training includes USC’s BFA program, South Coast Repertory Theater, and Beverly Hills Playhouse. His acting credits cover the gamut of television shows, commercials and feature films.  He has also performed in many of the leading Equity Waiver Theatre shows in Los Angeles and as a writer has had several of his one act plays produced. Currently, Joshua is developing a screenplay for production in 2009. 
For additional information on the production of Hand Sewn Love: Women Talkin’ Story, please contact Heidi Townshend Zellner at 310-804-0095.

Opus Archives and Research Center

Opus Archives and Research Center preserves, develops and extends to the world the archival collections and libraries of eminent scholars in the fields of depth psychology, mythology and the humanities. Opus is a “living archive,” supporting interdisciplinary dialogue, education, grants, research opportunities and public programs… particularly as they inform issues of social justice and environmental sustainability.

Opus is an active site for wonder and participation in the great questions of our time. As a repository for rare and significant collections in the fields of mythology, archetypal psychology and world culture, Opus extends the availability of these collections to students, scholars and those members of the general public who express a keen desire to utilize them in contemporary research. The Center also facilitates grants to further research in these fields and the dissemination of scholarly work into the culture.

In the past 16 months Opus has:

  • Added the collections of renowned scholars Marion Woodman and Christine Downing, and received a rare book collection from the library of John Sanford, famed Jungian analyst
  • Established a Reconciliation Fund to support students and scholars who are translating the language of depth psychology and mythology into action toward social justice, peace and reconciliation, thus far awarding two travel grants for international peace work
  • Hosted visitors and scholars from all over the world, including Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Scotland, United Kingdom, Canada and numerous points in Europe, seeding publication and dialogue on a broad range of topics
  • Co-sponsored Imagination and Medicine conference on Pacifica’s Ladera campus
  • Completed a strategic plan for forward growth
  • Conducted multiple tours of the collections


To contact Opus Archives and Research Center, you may call us at: 805-969-5750 or write to us at:  info@opusarchives.org 





HANDSEWN LOVE
TIMES: Friday, February 15, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general; $20 students and Pacific alumni; $50 patron w/reserved seating

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
Click here for complete listing
Online purchases subject to $1 surcharge

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before each performance. See below for location.

Tickets may also be purchased by telephone using Visa, Master Card, and American Express. Phone (805) 963-0408 (V / TDD).


LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
Center Stage Theater is located in the Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California.

Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains (northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street (fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level parking.