Since 1973, actress Evelyn Rudie and her husband, actor Chris DeCarlo, have been Co-Artistic Directors of the Santa Monica Playhouse. Together, they have created over 600 productions and have appeared on-stage in over 10,000 performances each. Santa Monica Playhouse has received more than 250 awards for bringing quality entertainment to over five million people. Even during the pandemic, Evelyn has hosted acting classes for kids and adults using Zoom, reaching international students, even in Dubai and Tel Aviv. One of the many great achievements of Santa Monica Playhouse has been Love in Bloom, about the heroes and heroines of Shakespeare. This show was the critics’ pick of the year.
Early in her career, Evelyn got to work with many legends, appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s TV series, a Fred Astaire film, and the romantic drama film, Gift of Love with Lauren Bacall, who was especially nice to work with. Evelyn earned an Emmy nomination for her performance in the TV drama series Playhouse 90.
A big highlight from Evelyn’s youth was receiving an insightful comedy mentorship from iconic entertainer Groucho Marx, who spoke with her about comedy timing, how to set up a joke, and what makes things funny. She was a guest on Groucho’s televised comedy quiz show You Bet Your Life.
Evelyn recognizes the vital gift of finding your artistic voice, so she helps young creative people discover their own distinctive style. Next year, Santa Monica Playhouse will host captivating theatre events on topics including the wit and wisdom of a distinguished playwright, a heartwarming look at women in contemporary society, and more.
They will put on a special New Year’s musical review as well, via live-stream and in-person. The archival productions of Santa Monica Playhouse can be viewed on their YouTube channel now for free.
Contact Santa Monica Playhouse at 310-394-9779, ext. 1, or email theatre@SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com. The theatre is located at 1211 4th St., just below Wilshire Blvd.
By Bob Rich