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Gina Collens

Performer
( b. circa 1924 Omaha, Nebraska, USA - d. May 31, 2014 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Gina Collens' stage work ranged from Broadway to L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum to experimental theater groups. She appeared in such movies as Otto Preminger's "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon" and the CBS comedy series "Rhoda." She was also a playwright and director and member of Los Angeles' influential Circle Theater group formed in the 1940s by UCLA students including Sydney Chaplin, William Shallert, and Kathleen Freeman.

On Broadway, she appeared in the 1961 revival of Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo starring Maureen Stapleton and directed by Milton Katsales, and later reprised the role at the Buffalo Studio Arena Theater, with Olympia Dukakis in the starring role with Katsales again directing.

At the Mark Taper Forum in 1982, Collens played Bertholt Brecht's wife in Chistopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood, a tale of German artists and intellectual refugees trying to make it in Hollywood. Collens scored highly in Jerome Kass' comedy Satuday Night in l968 at the off-Broadway Sheridan Square Playhouse.

In New York, she studied with Herbert Berghof, Uta Hagen,and Harold Clurman, and received a masters degree in theater arts from Hunter College, where she won a prize for writing two one-act plays, Things As They Are and Losing Oneself, both based on short stories by V.S. Pritchett. The plays were presented at the Theater of the Americas in New York, with Ms. Collens directing.

Collens was active in many off-Broadway and Equity Waiver productions as an actor and director, including at La Mama, the renowned experimental theater group. In Los Angeles, she acted and directed at the Hollywood Court Theater.

Source: Variety.com obituary



Productions Date of Productions
The Rose Tattoo
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Gina Collens [Flora]
Nov 09, 1966 - Dec 31, 1966
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