Mixing a modern love story with fact-based historical drama, Love, Genius and a Walk transfers from New York for a London pub theatre tour, with dates at the Rose and Crown and Rosemary Branch Theatres. Directed by Holly Payne-Strange and written by award-winning author and playwright Gay Walley, this new play examines the story of Gustav Mahler, his wife Alma, and how stories like theirs affect the world today.
Gustav Mahler, a great artist, is devoted only to his work, his wife Alma, has issues of her own. In despair, Mahler goes to see Freud, and they discuss love and sabotage – and both men know well how the responsibilities of genius weigh. Contiguously, a modern couple, a banker and his wife (who is writing about Mahler), mirror Alma and Mahler, and the two stories twist and turn through the quagmires of love and genius.
Love, Genius and a Walk was nominated for 6 prizes, including best play, at the Midtown International Festival in New York, and is brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, with producer and director returning to the UK after emigrating to America 22 years ago!
Playwright Gay Walley is the author of Strings Attached, which was a finalist for the Pirates Alley/Faulkner Award, the Writer’s Voice Capricorn Award, and the Paris Book Festival Award. The Erotic Fire of the Unattainable was a finalist for the Paris Book Festival Award, and a film based on the book, The Unattainable Story, starring Harry Hamlin was released in 2017. Ms Walley is also a Zoetrope finalist for her story, The Naked Maja.