PETER THABIT JONES
AND READINGS OF EXCERPTS
FROM THE DRAMA
BY THE SEVENTH QUARRY DRAMA GROUP
SATURDAY, 25TH MARCH 2017, 2PM
NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM
OYSTERMOUTH ROAD, SWANSEA SA1 3RD
Edmund Kara (1925 – 2001) spent a creative and isolated life in a cabin and studio lodged rather precariously on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He spent almost forty years in Big Sur, California, meticulously carving his amazing sculptures, whilst shunning the art world, its trends, and exhibitions.
His “Phoenix Bird,” on display outside Big Sur’s Nepenthe Restaurant, off Highway 1, has been seen by visitors from around the world; and his nude sculpture of Elizabeth Taylor, used in the Vincente Minnelli-directed film The Sandpiper, which also starred Welshman Richard Burton, gained Kara much attention in Hollywood and Europe. He did do some commissions, including sculptured doors for film-star legend Clint Eastwood.
Prior to his reclusive lifestyle in Big Sur, he had worked as a costume designer in New York and Los Angeles; and he designed for the likes of jazz legend and film star Lena Horne and singer Peggy Lee. He also worked for Paramount Studios and Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
Peter Thabit Jones’s three-act drama utilizes poetry, prose, music, photos, film, and several paintings and several texts by Big Sur’s international artist and poet Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, who was a close friend of Edmund Kara, to evoke aspects of his remarkable life.
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The Seventh Quarry Drama Group: Jill Goodwin-Croke, Julie-Anne Grey, Steve Grey
The book will also be launched in Boston, Massachusetts, in early May, and a world-premiere production of the drama will take place at the Actors Studio Theatre in Newburyport,
> Massachusetts, in mid-May. In the summer, the book will have its launch in Big Sur, California.