A fictionalized story of real events, Orson's Shadow unmasks the witty but ferocious feuding that occurs when ego meets ego in Welles and Olivier's 1960 collaboration as director and actor in the play Rhinoceros. Fumbling to revive their lives and careers, the two reduce each other to their rawest selves: two old guys clawing to stay on top at any price.
"Age is a bitch, and that theme is universal," says director David Cromer. "All your life, you never stop wanting to be reborn as something better than you are, no matter who you are," he explains. "It's playful and sexy that [the play] uses celebrities, who we all love, to explore these ideas." Yes, that's right: Orson Welles (no fat jokes, please) is sexy.