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Sharon Tate is interviewed in Heaven TV style to talk about her life, acting, and love, as a Valentine message to her husband. Looking back at August 1969, we present this tale.
At the juncture of an American Tragedy that is cultural memory, this is the story of the actress and woman Sharon Tate, born in Dallas, Texas, with an American Dream and International Appeal, and it is a Love Story.
"A haunting performance...poignant and moving" - KudaGo.com New York
"Sharon Tate in Heaven" is a unique and compelling piece of theater by an artist who is both a skillful writer and a talented actress. Jen Danby lets Sharon talk; she simply talks. Her talk, however, is filled with both the experience of a particular woman and the hopes, longings, frustrations and fears of all of us. Danby never resorts to sentimentality or sensationalism, although her subject matter could easily lend itself to both. She is somehow able to include Tate's contradictions and frailties without commenting on them or exploiting them for effect. Her masterful description of her own death is a study in subtlety and suspense. If Danby were merely improvising entertainingly for an hour and forty-five minutes, it would be an accomplishment; but that her words are both carefully scripted and consistently and surprisingly spontaneous is nothing short of remarkable. Stunning.
-- Geoffrey Owens, actor, Broadway's Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom, The Cosby Show
"Cleverly and brilliantly done. Sharon Tate in Heaven. We were in Heaven."
-- Sissy Gamache, "The Sissy Gamache Show," MNN Channel 56, Time-Warner
"Jen Danby completely disappeared inside the character. I saw Sharon Tate, not Miss Danby. That's the way. She was living it, being it."
-- Jack Hofsiss, Tony Winning Broadway Director, "The Elephant Man"; Film/TV Director: "I'm Dancing as Fast As I Can" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" with Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones.
"I love Jen's Sharon. Jen has found a whole new way of acting and working on a role with her work on Sharon. This is an affinity. This is a match made in heaven."
-- Austin Pendleton, Obie Willing and Tony Nominated Director and Drama Desk Renaissance Man of the American Theatre award winner, director of Sharon Tate in Heaven.
Mississippi Mud Productions is a Made in the USA theatre 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."
As Dennis Hopper told James Dean on the set of GIANT, "Don't pretend to drink the coffee. Drink it!" Do. That's what Mud is, a space to Do, in work, laboratory, gym, ensemble. And that's Giant.
And as Lord Byron says in Tennessee Williams' Camino Real, "Make voyages! Attempt them...there's nothing else."