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Elaine Kendall

Elaine Kendall has written libretti and lyrics for musical shows, including An American Cantata  (publlished by Samuel French; produced in various venues throughout the US), The Would-be Diva (about Ganna Walska, creator of the celebrated Santa Barbara garden Lotusland; Center Stage Theatre, Santa Barbara), Isadora! (based upon the life of the innovative dancer; Center Stage), and Cole & Will: Together Again! (a meld of brief Shakespearean scenes and Cole Porter songs; Victoria Hall Theatre, Santa Barbara). Ms.  Kendall's non-musical plays include The Nominee, a drama about the Supreme Court nomination process; The Chameleon, based upon the extraordinary life of Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State and notable English barrister; Two Margarets, about the public achievements and secret private life of the birth control icon Margaret Sanger; and The Trial of Mata Hari, revealing the events of the hectic two years leading to Mata Hari's sensational trial and execution, excerpted for Smith & Kraus's 2011 collection of female monologues. These plays were all first seen at Victoria Hall Theater in Santa Barbara. Her 10 minute comedy, The "I" Word, was chosen as part of a short play festival, and done at Center Stage. Ms. Kendall is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Authors Guild, and ASCAP. Also an author and journalist, Ms. Kendall's books about changing American attitudes and taste were published by Little Brown, Putnam and Capra. Her articles about the fine and lively arts, travel, and trends have appeared in most national magazines. Until 1997, she was a weekly book columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Ms. Kendall lives in Santa Barbara, CA.


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