Friday, August 5, 2016

 Thank you Charlotte Robinson and Outtakemedia! We are looking forward to being with our friends at North Coast Repertory Theatre! California here we come!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016


North Coast Repertory Theatre presents A CONVERSATION WITH Edith Head, A behind the scenes feast of great movie lore and delicious stories as told by 8 time Academy Award winning costume designer, Edith Head. Susan Claassen stars in her internationally acclaimed portrayal of legendary costume designer, Edith Head. Hollywood's golden age comes to life in an evening of wit, wisdom, and a whisper of gossip! A CONVERSATION WITH Edith Head based on "Edith Head's Hollywood" by Edith Head & Paddy Calistro, is a feast of delicious behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood's greatest stars that provide an intimate portrait of Hollywood's legendary costume designer. In her six decades of costume design, Edith Head worked on over eleven hundred films; dressed the greatest stars of Hollywood; received 35 Academy Award® nominations,and won an unprecedented eight Oscars®. Edith Head's story is as fascinating as the history of the film industry itself, filled with humor, frustration and, above all, glamour. This diva of design helped to define glamour in the most glamorous place in the world - Hollywood!
Much of the dialogue in A CONVERSATION WITH Edith Head comes directly from the famed designer. When she was asked to write the authorized posthumous autobiography, Edith Head's Hollywood, Ms. Calistro acquired more than thirteen hours of recollections recorded by Edith Head, which she and Ms. Claassen painstakingly reviewed to gather the remarkable "Edithisms"-- as Ms. Head referred to her own sayings--that abound in the show. In addition, Claassen and Calistro collected insights from Hollywood insiders who knew Ms. Head best: costume designer Bob Mackie, who once worked as Ms. Head's sketch artist; her dear friend Edie Wasserman, wife of the late Universal Studio head Lew Wasserman; and Art Linkletter, award-winning host of "House Party", the daytime television show of the 1950s that brought Edith Head into the homes of America.
Performance takes place at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Call the Box Office at 858-481-2155 or online at Regular $35.00 / S.S.M $32.00
WHERE: North Coast Repertory Theatre
987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach CA 92075
PERFORMANCE DATES: August 8 & 9, 2016
PRICES: Regular $35.00 / S.S.M $32.00
BOX OFFICE: (858) 481-1055 or
Susan Claassen is celebrating her 42ndt anniversary with Invisible Theatre. As Managing Artistic Director, she has produced over 400 productions and directed over 90 including THE LETTERS. Suz was nominated for the 2011 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and BroadwayWorld LA Award as Best Actress and received the Phoenix New Times Award for her portrayal of Edith Head in A CONVERSATION WITH Edith Head ( She was most recently seen as Olive in IT's OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS and won the 2014 MAC Award for Best Actress in a comedy. Suz was selected as one of Arizona's "48 Most Intriguing Women", is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and has been a clown in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2001. She has been a proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 1969 and dedicates her work to the living memory of her beloved mother, Goldie.
Edith Head (1897 - 1981) was undoubtedly Hollywood's most famous costume designer, or "magician," as she liked to call herself. Her career spanned fifty eight years of movie making. In those years she dressed almost every major star who shone in the industry and, with her straight-cut bangs, dark glasses and tailored suits as her trademarks, became more famous than most of them.Edith Head died in 1981 of a progressive and rare blood disease, myeloid metaplasia, two weeks after completing work on her last film, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. She left her estate to the Motion Picture and Television Fund and to other charitable organizations aiding Native American children and her beloved animals. Her funeral was attended by hundreds, including not only Hollywood's stars, but also her devoted colleagues who worked with her behind the scenes. A Paramount security guard dressed in a uniform designed by Edith Head mused, "I remember her real well. At Christmas she took care of every one on the lot. She was the greatest designer in the world. Edith Head was quite a girl." And that she was.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Palm Springs peeps: coming soon, don't miss it!

'EDITH HEAD" IS COMING TO PALM SPRINGS. Yeah, I know she's dead.


Queen of Hollywood Costume Design Edith Head Comes Alive in Play

Susan Claassen serves up designer's celebrity dish, quips, and quotes

Besides bearing a resemblance to Edith Head, Susan Claassen was attracted to how the designer made a name for herself against an all-boys club in Hollywood.
Besides bearing a resemblance to Edith Head, Susan Claassen was attracted to how the designer made a name for herself against an all-boys club in Hollywood.
Photos courtesy of Susan Claassen

Palm Springs will be alive with the spirit of Edith Head when actress Susan Claassen brings the doyenne of costume design to life in her one-woman, award winning show, “A Conversation with Edith Head.”
Written by Susan and Paddy Calistro and based on Paddy Calistro’s book, Edith Head’s Hollywood, the stage version runs Oct. 21-24 at The Palm Springs Women's Club.
Head visited the desert mainly for business purposes promoting films she worked on with such Palm Springs perennials as Bob Hope and Lucille Ball. She retreated more to her hacienda style house in Coldwater Canyon choosing to spend time with her husband, animals, and a small coterie of friends. In later years they were Elizabeth Taylor, Tippi Hedren and long-time friend Bette Davis. Not reclusive but just dedicated to her work, it was normal for Head to put in 16-hour days. She worked up until her death in 1981 at age 83. spoke to Claassen about the role and the play's longevity.

Edith Head looks over a sea of costume sketches she drew.

Why Edith Head?
“I first got the idea while watching a television biography of Edith Head. I literally did a double take. My physical resemblance to her was uncanny. The more I watched, the more I knew there was a story to be told. I was fascinated by the complexity of this strong, executive woman in the all-boys club of Hollywood. Her career spanned over 60 years and 1,131 films! It was a powerful story of a woman who helped to define glamor in the glamorous golden age of Hollywood.”
What is the key to keeping the show fresh after 13 years?
“I’m constantly researching and learning and the show adapts to the host city. Another element is the audience. Each performance is different as the audience gets to submit questions.”
How was Edith Head a maverick and ahead of her time?
“Before Project Runway, there was Edith. She understood branding and was doing the first makeovers on Art Linkletter’s House Party.”
Claassen as Head serves up celebrity dish, bon mots, quips and quotes with signature bangs, chignon, and glasses. She’s also clad in Edith’s sartorial uniform of dark suit and classic pumps. MGM claimed more stars than in the heavens, but Head dressed more from de Havilland to Stanwyck and Audrey Hepburn in such classics as The Lady Eve and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Surprisingly, she preferred costuming men over women and did for some of the most handsome men in Tinseltown from Sean Connery to her final Oscar winning designs for The Sting starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. She was nominated 35 times for an Academy Award and came home with eight golden trophies.
“A Conversation with Edith Head,” Oct. 21-24, Palm Springs Women's Club, 314 S. Cahuilla Road, 760-325-1950;

Edith Head was known for her costumes for leading ladies, but actually preferred to design for men.

Great Audio Interview on HUFFINGTON POST with Charlotte Robinson!

Susan Claassen Talks "A Conversation With Edith Head" and LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Off Stage and On The Air: Performance 309

Off Stage and On The Air: Performance 309: Listen to the Show Right Click to Save Guests Trinity Street Players