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sharon tate in heaven + charlie and sharon + sharon and roman

Running - January 26, 27, 28

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This American Blonde Actress™ and Mississippi Mud Productions announce the arrival of three of the Sharon Tate plays from New York to play in Los Angeles at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute - Studio 2 in West Hollywood, January 26-28 for one weekend only. The weekend affords opportunities to see the plays individually or in combination. The solo piece was written and is performed by Jen Danby. The duo shows were written and are performed by Jen Danby and Daniel Delano. This is an AEA showcase production. 

The original in the trio is the solo play, SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, returning to LA after premiering in NYC, and playing on Long Island, in Key West, and in Daytona Beach and Miami. Beginning moments after Sharon Tate’s murder the summer of 1969 by members of the Manson family, Sharon has a TV interview in Heaven. Dubbed "Future Girl" in HORROR FANTASY magazine, this "Million Dollar Baby" had a deep love affair with and then married the director Roman Polanski. This Heavenly interview focuses on family, love, and Hollywood, as Sharon teases out the possibilities of what does she do now?  A play for fans and for those new to Sharon.  "A wonderful First-Person Trip Down Celluloid Memory Lane...captivating performance...charismatic" - Broadway World LA

CHARLIE AND SHARON, the second of the trio, debuts on the West Coast after playing NYC and Long Beach, LI. This is an imagined encounter in four scenes spanning 1969 to the present day, when Sharon confronts Charles Manson, the mastermind behind her murder in his “Helter Skelter” plan for world domination. With dark and light sides, intensity, and humor, Sharon puzzles through what is happening with help from the still living Charlie, in turn making him, literally, face his crime. Not a zombie, not exactly a ghost, she just is and needs to connect with Charlie, leaving him rattled as well as tantalized by her. Taking on love, desire, dreams, and death, this LA debut performance times with the recent real-life death of Manson, placing Charlie and Sharon, in the end, on the same plane where life and death meet. "A beautiful piece of acting that you won't soon forget. Kudos to all." - Thom Racina, ABC

SHARON AND ROMAN, the third in the trio, also debuts on the West Coast after playing in NYC and Long Beach, LI. The love story of Sharon Tate and genius director Roman Polanksi began when Sharon met Roman on a comic horror film project they did together in London and Italy. She’s the All-American army brat from Texas, who fell in love with acting when she played Juliet in High School. He’s the haunted survivor of the Holocaust in Poland, who made his first movies from camera parts found in garbage cans as a young boy. They fell in love, lived together and she brought him back to LA. They married in 1968. Then - Helter Skelter. Sharon was 8 1/2 months pregnant when she was murdered in their LA home at 10500 Cielo Drive. That night Roman was in London working on the DAY OF THE DOLPHIN script for her and Jack Nicholson. In five scenes taking place from 1967 to 1980 on Sharon's birthday, this story of love between two artists living a life of movie making fame and being with love’s challenges, dreams, passions, demons, and better angels unfolds full circle. "Love, deceit, romance and raw emotion will keep you gripped to your seats.” - Headout.com  

Together, this trio of plays tells the story of Sharon Tate relationally, and takes on the most infamously violent murder in American history. (A fourth part, SHARON AND MIA, about Sharon and Mia Farrow's friendship, featuring Jen Danby and Jessica Marie Smith, has debuted on the East Coast to form a Quadrilogy of plays. The plays making this LA trip can be watched alone or together, in an immersion experience that together tell their own story.) Timeless, these plays speak to America and Hollywood in 2018, when we are all reflecting on compassion and power and "Me Too."

The running time for SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN is roughly 90 minutes and for CHARLIE AND SHARON and SHARON AND ROMAN, it is roughly 1 hour 45 minutes each. 

Friday Jan 26 @8 CHARLIE AND SHARON

Sat Jan 27 Special daytime program of Trio of plays with a lunch break and coffee break: 

@11:30 SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN with Bagels & Beverages

@2 CHARLIE AND SHARON

@4:30 SHARON AND ROMAN

Sun Jan 28 Matinee performances of two of the plays 

@2 SHARON AND ROMAN

@4:30 CHARLIE AND SHARON

Tickets: 1 play $10 if purchased separately on any performance date 

Saturday 3 plays package $20  

Sunday 2 plays package $17

Tickets may be purchased online, at the door, or by phone:

sharontatela.brownpapertickets.com / 1-800-838-3006

On Saturday only there will be the only performance of SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN this run. Sunday will be the duo plays only. 

Director: Austin Pendleton

Sharon  Tate: Jen Danby

Charlie Manson and Roman Polanski: Daniel Delano 

BIOS

JEN DANBY (SHARON TATE) Film: SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8 + SHARON TALKS - YouTube/Vimeo. Television: LOVE MONKEY. Stage: Michelle Pfeiffer, Farrah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe (solo shows); Vivien Leigh - ORSON’S SHADOW; VIVIEN LEIGH THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE; Maggie - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Blanche - A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Catharine - SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER with Austin Pendleton. Jennifer North - VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (Mud staged reading). Sharon - SHARON TATE QUADRILOGY; Nina - #SEAGULL69 (in 2014 and 2017). Directed #SEAGULL69 (2017); VIEUX CARRÉ AEA staged reading 6 performances NYC; MOONEY’S KID DON’T CRY by T. Willams, NADINE, SPRINGTIME, LUST (with Brian Lady) by Maria Irene Fornes, and the SAG-AFTRA new media films SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8 and SHARON TALKS. New project in process on Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. ThisAmericanBlondeActress.com 

DANIEL DELANO (CHARLES MANSON / ROMAN POLANSKI) Scholarship graduate Stella Adler Conservatory. Select leading and supporting off-off Broadway roles: With Mud: Roman Polanski in SHARON AND ROMAN, Charles Manson in CHARLIE AND SHARON; Mel Anderson benefit reading of VALLEY OF THE DOLLS; 13th Street Rep: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, KKK RECRUITER, SURVIVAL SKILLS; Workshop Theater: Gail in OUR LADY OF 121st STREET. Select TV appearances: principal roles on REDRUM, I’D KILL FOR YOU. Current work: Several short films, Indie features: GIRL ON THE LEDGE, WOLF TICKETS, GRETE AND THE HATCHLING. He can be seen on MIND OF A MURDERER episode BLOOD OF INNOCENTS through Amazon or ID Discovery. www.danieldelano.net

AUSTIN PENDLETON (DIRECTOR) has directed SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, CHARLIE AND SHARON, SHARON AND ROMAN, SHARON AND MIA, SEAGULL69, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, VIEUX CARRÉ, THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT: MARILYN MONROE, SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS  CONFERENCE, and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Mississippi Mud. Mr. Pendleton has worked as an actor with Mud in the roles of Trigorin in #SEAGULL69 (directed by Jen Danby), Lyon Burke in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS benefit reading , Dr. Dorn in SEAGULL69 and Dr. Sugar in SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER. He acts and directs with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and has been a member of the Ensemble for many years. He has directed three Chekhov productions at Classic Stage Company: UNCLE VANYA, THREE SISTERS (for which he won an Obie), and IVANOV, featuring, between them, actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke, as well as HAMLET, starring Mr. Sarsgaard. He has acted in many movies and in recurring roles on such TV series as HOMOCIDE and Oz, as well as on Broadway in, most recently, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin. Current stage acting work: Lear in KING LEAR at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. He has written and published three plays: ORSON’S SHADOW, produced at Mud after its off-Broadway run in 2005, directed by David Cromer; UNCLE BOB, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and BOOTH, which starred Frank Langella. He wrote the libretto for A MINISTER’S WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt & lyrics by Jan Tranen. He received a Tony nomination for directing Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman’s THE LITTLE FOXES. Recent New York productions include acting in THE LAST WILL, by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre, directing BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Second Stage, for which he was nominated for both a Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award, and acting in STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, written and directed by Jean Young Lee, at The Public Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.

LISA RAYMOND (PRODUCTION MANAGER) Managing Director, Marketing/Media Head - Mississippi Mud Productions. As a multi-media artist Lisa can often be found behind a computer or a camera, with experience in production and customer service with modeling agencies including Elite, Ford, and Wilhelmina. She now works in website and graphic design, video, photography, and also consults on social networking. She was videographer and co-editor of the SAG-AFTRA new media films SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8 and SHARON TALKS, working with Jen Danby. Most recently she’s the lead photographer for the Women’s March on New York City January 20 of 2018, leading a team of 30 volunteer photographers to document the event worldwide. She has photographed Nancy Wilson and Ann Wilson of Heart at a private release party for JUPITERS DARLING for their PR archives and Daphne Rubin-Vega in concert, among other artists. She is working on her original photo project “Faces of Freedom,” documenting the USA “resistance” movement. lisaraymond.com

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Mississippi Mud Productions is a Made in the USA theatre and film company, working with artists from around the world. Mississippi Mud Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Artistic director Jen Danby started acting at the age of 5. She says "Acting is just in your blood. You know if it is calling you and Mississippi Mud was born with actors who wanted to play. When Mud was christened on Thanskgiving Day 2009, a core reason for the name was the Southern folklore that the Mississippi River came to be because when the world was made there was all this extra water and it became the Mississippi. For me, this is the American Dream in the Mud."

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