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Submitted for a
Pulitzer Prize in Drama*



Friday, March 7, 2014
Club 1527
at WISE & Healthy Aging

Ken Edwards Center
1527 4 th Street, 1 st Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401


For more info, call: 310-857-1527

Sunday, March 9, 2014

One Performance for March,
Women's History Month at Olandar
Home of Carla and Leigh McCloskey
in Malibu


First time in Malibu!

Ticket Price: $20

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Ken Gruberman, six-time Grammy winner says,
I liked Ellen's play so much I married her.

August 14, 2008
Part of the NY International Fringe Festival
Now That She's Gone: Unraveling The Mystery Of My Mother

By Leonard Jacobs

Barbro Snortland was an enigma, mostly an infuriating one, to her youngest daughter, Ellen, from the time Ellen was born, we learn, until Barbro's death in 2003. Now That She's Gone , however, is considerably more than a poignant and insightful recounting of the lives of a mother and daughter who never connected well.

Directed by John Mitchell, author-actor Ellen Snortland's script examines her tumultuous personal history as an attorney, a journalist, a recovering cocaine addict, and a stage practitioner, set against the backdrop of the American feminist movement of the 1970s and '80s - she is a baby boomer, after all. She also weaves in dramatic material regarding the one gift her mother gave her: an abiding appreciation for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the United Nations, against all geopolitical odds, to approve.

At precisely 90 minutes, there are moments when you wonder if Snortland will succeed in knitting together the threads of her tapestry. When she does, it's a moment that's thrilling in its simplicity. Yes, Snortland does learn why her mother was the cold, laconic creature she was. No, it wasn't because the elder Snortland didn't want a third child - or three girls, for that matter. Detective work and intuition pay off for this performer in a family story beautifully brought to the stage.

Presented by EMP Theatricals as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St ., NYC. Aug. 12 - 22. Remaining performances: Fri ., Aug. 15, 3 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 18, 7 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m. ( 212 ) 279-4488 or ( 866 ) 468-7619 or

Now That She's Gone has been described as a Lily Tomlin / Garrison Keillor / Eve Ensler hybrid. Passionate, poignant and funny in turns. A memoir piece with Eleanor Roosevelt, sex, drugs and lutefisk.

The play and performance have received rave reviews and standing ovations in California, New York, and Washington, D.C. It explores Ellen Snortland's often hilarious, irreverent and sometimes torturous relationship with her Norwegian-American mother.

Gloria Steinem says, "Ellen says I'm the 'grandmother' of this play, but I'm
not crazy enough to think that it was my planting of a seed when in fact it
is her enormous talent. She has a gift for being serious and funny, making
you laugh and understand at the same time. The first time I saw it, I
brought two friends who were visiting New York City from Kenya - a mother
and a daughter - to see it, and they loved it too; it's universal."

Nora Dunn "Saturday Night Live" alum, says, "Ms. Snortland has written a show with great tenderness, surprise, and revelation.  She delivers a poignant and completely original insight into the mother/daughter relationship that is deeply moving, and often profound."

Riane Eisler, author of "The Chalice and the Blade" and "The Real Wealth of Nations" says, "Ellen's play is a must see. Her performance is stupendous! The play is funny, moving. it's hard to describe. Like real life; it comes from the heart. There is such love and beauty in the power of understanding and forgiveness."

Ken Gruberman, Grammy award winner says, "I liked Ellen's play so much that I married her!"

Ms. Snortland is currently raising funds for her documentary
See the preview at:

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5050Leadership is a nonprofit
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*We have been informed that the process for nomination is NOT the submission itself but the designation by a committee of a qualified pool of entrants. We have mistakenly referred to ourselves in the past as nominees, and were not. We apologize for any false impression or confusion this may have caused.
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