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January 13, 2004

"LiLiA!" comes to the Kimball Theatre

After an extended run at the New York Soho Play Festival in New York City, playwright/actress Libby Skala’s internationally acclaimed one-woman show “LiLiA!” is coming to the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3 and 8 p.m. General admission is $15, seniors/students are $12 and groups of 15 or more are $10.

Written and performed by Libby Skala, the story explores the real life journey of the remarkable Lilia Skala and her connection with her granddaughter Libby. Lilia, a Viennese-born actress, became the first female architect in Austria, a stage star in Max Reinhardt’s theater and finally a Hitler refugee who made the leap from working in a New York zipper factory to a career on Broadway, in television and in film. Lilia Skala received an Academy Award nomination for her role as the Mother Superior in the 1963 classic “Lilies of the Field” with Sidney Poitier, a Golden Globe nomination for “Roseland” and an Emmy nomination for “Eleanor and Franklin.”

“LiLiA!” has been performed across the U.S., in Canada and in Scotland to rave reviews. “Ms. Skala does a marvelous rendition, in an evocative Middle European patois, of her grandmother’s velveteen, old world charm that sheaths a steel will,” writes Bruce Weber of the New York Times.

The Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square in downtown Williamsburg is owned and operated by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre offers live performances and art films seven days each week. For theater program information, call (757) 565-8217. Tickets are available by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location. The Kimball Theatre box office opens one hour before performances.

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