Elizabeth Fuller to appear in staged reading of Me and Jezebel

Liz Fuller, Marci Bings, and director Mark Graham are preparing for the staged reading of Me and Jezebel.

Liz Fuller, Marci Bing, and director Mark Graham are preparing for the staged reading of Me and Jezebel.

Elizabeth Fuller will appear in a staged reading of Me & Jezebel, a play about her real-life experiences with Bette Davis when the screen legend visited her home in Weston — and for a time, didn’t leave.

The wildly funny play is based on Fuller’s 1992 non-fiction book, Me and Jezebel. In 1994, the book was adapted into a two-person play and has enjoyed runs off-Broadway, in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S. and the world.

At the start of Me and Jezebel, Fuller is thrilled when her friend, Robin Brown, brings her childhood screen idol, Bette Davis, to dinner at her Weston home. The next day, Davis calls and asks if Davis can stay with the Fullers for “one night, possibly two,” because of a hotel workers strike in New York City. She ended up staying for 32 days, and Fuller’s life has never been the same.

Playing Bette Davis in the production is Marci Bing, who recently played the actress at Theater Three in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Bing has starred in a number of local productions including Master Class, Hello, Dolly!, and Sweeney Todd. The show is being directed by Mark Graham.

The staged reading is a benefit for the Theater Artists Workshop and will be held on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m., at the Theater Artists Workshop, 5 Gregory Blvd., East Norwalk. All tickets are $20. Tickets can be reserved by phone at 440-221-6416 or online. Visit taworkshop.org for more information.

There will be a wine and cheese party following the Sunday matinee as well as an auction which will include a pair of mink earmuffs salvaged from the iconic mink coat from All About Eve, an original Miggs Burroughs lenticular art piece depicting Bette Davis as Margo Channing and Baby Jane, and the show’s poster, designed by Dianne Bernhard, former President of the National Arts Club.

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