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Powder Her Face
by Thomas Adès
Libretto by Philip Hensher

Thomas Adès, guest conductor
Ken Cazan, stage director
Brent McMunn, music preparation
Peter Harrison, set designer
Jacqueline Saint Anne, costume designer
David Jacques, lighting designer

Before there was Diana, before there was Fergie, there was Margaret, Duchess of Argyll! 

A sexy, salacious, scintillating character study in two acts, POWDER HER FACE hypothetically explores what happened in the life of the Duchess of Argyll behind the closed doors of London ’s exclusive Dorchester Hotel from 1930-1990.  Beginning with her first failed marriage, moving through her sensational second divorce from the Duke of Argyll, and culminating with her eviction from the Dorchester Hotel for lack of funds, this eccentric woman will disgust, delight, and ultimately distress you.  Conducted by Thomas Adès (composer conductor in residence for the Los Angeles Philharmonic) POWDER HER FACE is an exciting coproduction between the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in cooperation with the Thornton Chamber Orchestra.


No one under the age of 17 will be admitted.

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Friday November 17 | 8:00 PM
Saturday November 18 | 2:00 PM

Sunday November 19 | 7:00 PM

(Please note. The performance on November 18th
is opposite a home football game.
Please plan accordingly.)

Tickets: (213) 740-2167

$18 general admission
$12 seniors & non-USC students
Free admission at the door with valid USC ID


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Matinee Cast