by Otho Eskin
Directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser
December 4th, 2003 - January 20th, 2004
The Greenwich Street Theatre
The ghost of the great French actress Sarah Bernhardt appears in Italian diva and her archival Eleonora Duse's dressing room in a theater in Pittsburgh in 1923 just before the last performance of Eleonora's life. The two great actresses clash as each relives the events that shaped their lives. They recall their first experiences in acting and their love affairs. Most importantly, they return to their tumultuous encounter when Eleonora appears in Paris to challenge Sarah directly and Sarah betrays Eleonora – in art and in love. In the end, each woman comes to terms with her life and with each other.
"Anyone who is particularly interested in the history of acting and actors won't want to miss Duet, the Otho Eskin play that's receiving its
New York premiere at the Greenwich Street Theatre. Concerned entirely with the lives of two of the world's most famous and acclaimed stage actresses, Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse, the play is a theater history lesson brought to life, an examination of the two acclaimed women and the work that sometimes divided them and sometimes brought them together."
- Matthew Murray, THEATREMANIA.com
Photography by Rainer Fehringer