The aging glamour queen is the stuff of drama legend, conjuring images of everyone from Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in "Sunset Boulevard" to Rosalind Russell as domineering stage mom Rose Hovick in "Gypsy."
Adding to the archetype, and in a world premiere production in our backyard no less, is Brighde Mullin's "Rare Bird." Esteemed Utah actress Anne Cullimore Decker plays the title role as Harriett, the "oldest living former showgirl" with feathered wardrobe that piques the interest of ornithologist Donald Kroodsma, and a purported fortune that has psychic and financial consultant Phoebe at her side.
It's all about one woman's coming-of-age crisis, it's all set in Las Vegas, and it's an entirely professional production staged to benefit scholarship funds and financial awards for students. Mullin, currently director off the master of professional writing program at the University of Southern California and studio professor at U.C. Santa Barbara's theater department, has seen her plays performed across the United States and in London.