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Ava: The Secret Conversations

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Ava: The Secret Conversations

Written by Elizabeth McGovern

Directed by Mortiz Von Stuelpnagel

Featuring Aaron Costa Ganis, Ryan W. Garcia & Elizabeth McGovern


April 4 – May 7, 2023

Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse


“I either write the book or sell the jewels. I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.” So says legendary Hollywood icon Ava Gardner (Elizabeth McGovern, Once Upon a Time in AmericaDownton Abbey) to her ghost writer Peter Evans as they begin work on her tell-all biography that will shock Tinseltown. But as Peter attempts to glean the juicy details about her life story, her marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra, and her turbulent relationship to Howard Hughes, an altogether different and unexpected journey unfolds in this theatrical glimpse into the private life of Hollywood’s original femme fatale.


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