Sandhi Santini is a performing artist and playwright based in New York City. EARTHA, LA CHANTEUSE is her first solo theatrical project. She (Sandra Smalls) received her B.A. in Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications, with a Theatre Arts Minor from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University, Washington, DC. Subsequent studies were obtained in Human Rights at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences School of International and Public Affairs. She most recently completed an intensive playwriting program at Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre in NYC. Sandhi is an Associate Member of The League of Professional Theatre Women; an Associate Artist of New York Live Arts Fiscal Sponsorship Program; a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and brings her version of Eartha Kitt to the brilliant production of "STAGE STRUCK". She is currently seeking theatrical and entertainment organizations to collaborate in the production, presentation, and touring of this solo performance project.
EARTHA, LA CHANTEUSE is a solo performance work which highlights the lows, peaks and challenges endured by entertainer Eartha Kitt during her incredible journey through the maze of life. This original one-woman play is conceptually, a story within a story. On the one hand, it is the story about Eartha Mae Keith--an unloved, unwanted girl, born into abject poverty on a South Carolina cotton field plantation. She is abandoned by her mother, disowned by her father, and horribly abused throughout her childhood. Inspite of these obstacles, she finds ways to survive and succeeds in life. On the other hand, it is the story of Eartha Kitt--La Chanteuse--the sexy, bodacious, and enduring internationally-acclaimed entertainer--who never forgets her roots, and gives quietly and generously to those less fortunate.
Eartha, La Chanteuse has a running time just under 90 minutes, and includes 9 signature Eartha Kitt songs appropriately woven into the script. This one-woman show requires a musical trio, or larger band. The production uses a simple backdrop for video and image projections, and can be set on either a proscenium or arena stage.