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The Yellow Leaf

Reviews

"The cast was very good across the board...[the] ensemble was equally talented, a solid mix of equity players: Ellen Adair as the soft-spoken, kind-hearted Mary Shelley..."
-Erica Hansen, Deseret News

"Ellen Adair is potent in the plum role of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Shelley)...these actors give a compelling view of the momentous events of that summer and beyond."
-J.A. Clemens, Online Review

"As it is with all great productions, “Yellow Leaf” lingers with the mind and intoxicates the soul.  Pioneer Theater Company deserves kudos for a remarkable set design, stellar performances, and an amazing director."
-Volition Mag

Other mentions (not reviews) of the show:

"Ellen Adair remembers saying to a friend, shortly after graduating from Boston University with a degree in English and theater, "Well, the only thing I'm fit to do now is play Mary Shelley in a play about Lord Byron."

"What she didn't know at the time is that Charles Morey, artistic director of Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, was already at work on just such a play. "The Yellow Leaf," which recalls the literarily famous summer of 1816, when Percy Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Claire Clairmont and John Polidori were guests of George Gordon Byron at his Swiss villa on the shore of Lake Geneva, will be given its world premiere performance at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre on Friday.

"For Adair, playing young Mary Godwin (who became Mrs. Percy Shelley in late 1816) is "quite literally a dream come true," she said. "I want to do right by her more than I've ever wanted anything.""
-Cody Clark, 'Legendary Writers Come Together at Pioneer Theatre Company,' Utah Daily Herald

Playbill - "Thorstad, Kelly, Adair are Brit Lit Trio of Yellow Leaf Premiere at Pioneer Theatre Company"

Playbill - "The Yellow Leaf, New Play about Byron and the Shelleys, to Bow in Salt Lake City"

Frankensteineia mentions that I am an "interesting connection:" "The actress who plays Mary Shelley, Ellen Adair, once wrote a thesis on Shelley and The Romantics."

Deseret News


Pictures

Photos by Robert Clayton.

The Yellow Leaf
Bjorn Thorstad as George Gordon, Lord Byron, Lena Hurt as Claire Clairmont, Ellen Adair as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Christopher Kelly as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Giorgio Litt as John Polidori

Christopher Kelly, Bjorn Thorstad, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Bjorn Thorstad, Ellen Adair

Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair

Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad

Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair

Christopher Kelly, Giorgio Litt, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Giorgio Litt, Ellen Adair

The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Giorgio Litt, Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad

Ellen Adair and Giorgio Litt in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Giorgio Litt

Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair

The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad, Lena Hurt

The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Giorgio Litt, Bjorn Thorstad, Lena Hurt, Christopher Kelly

Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad, Christopher Kelly in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad, Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly and Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair

The Yellow Leaf
Giorgio Litt, Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly, Lena Hurt, Bjorn Thorstad

Christopher Kelly and Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair

Lena Hurt, Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Lena Hurt, Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair

Lena Hurt, Ellen Adair and Christopher Kelly in The Yellow Leaf
Lena Hurt, Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly

The Yellow Leaf
Bjorn Thorstad, Lena Hurt, Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly

Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly

Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly

The Yellow Leaf
Bjorn Thorstad, Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair, Lena Hurt

Giorgio Litt, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Giorgio Litt, Ellen Adair

Ellen Adair, Giorgio Litt in the Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Giorgio Litt

Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad

Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad

The Yellow Leaf
Lena Hurt, Christopher Kelly, Bjorn Thorstad, Giorgio Litt, Ellen Adair

Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair

Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair

Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly, Lena Hurt in the Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly, Lena Hurt

Ellen Adair, Lena Hurt, Christopher Kelly in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Lena Hurt, Christopher Kelly

Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly

Christopher Kelly, Lena Hurt, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Lena Hurt, Ellen Adair

Lena Hurt, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Lena Hurt, Ellen Adair

Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair in The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair

The Yellow Leaf
Christopher Kelly, Ellen Adair, Giorgio Litt, Bjorn Thorstad, Lena Hurt

Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad in The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Bjorn Thorstad

The Yellow Leaf
Ellen Adair, Christopher Kelly, Bjorn Thorstad

 


 
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