the blonde bombshell project

June 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 & 13 @ 8pm
June 2 @ 9pm
June 9 @ 5pm & 8:30pm
June 10 @ 8:30pm

Talkbacks with Austin Pendleton and Jen Danby June 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13.

"Blonde Bombshell" Marilyn Monroe makes a secret flight to New York in the summer of 1962. At the Actors Studio she candidily takes on sexuality, fantasy, drug use, mental illness, Hollywood and women, up and down romances, Blanche DuBois, Marlon Brando and the perils and perks of stardom to save her acting and her life.

Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
White Box
137 W 14th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues.

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Marilyn Monroe -- Jen Danby*

Jen Danby JEN DANBY (MARILYN MONROE) ´╗┐Founder and Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud. With Mud: Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (dir. Brian Lady & Austin Pendleton), Vivien Leigh in the Mud revival of Orson's Shadow opposite Andy McCutcheon as Larry Olivier (dir. Lauren Reinhard), Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference (dir. Austin Pendleton), Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (dir. Austin Pendleton), Catharine Holly in Suddenly Last Summer (dir. Austin Pendleton), Helena in Lust (dir. Austin Pendleton). Coming this summer in Mud: Blanche in Streetcar and Jane in Vieux Carre both directed by Mr. Pendleton. Select theatre: Hedda Gabler, Valparaiso, The Rimers of Eldritch (dir. Amy Wright at HB Studio), and Maggie Brunswick in the world premiere of Birmingham Reunion with OneHeart. Film/TV/New Media credits include Run #3, True Hollywood Sitter, and Paula and Bad Pictures with The Wooster Group.┬áKen Park Talent 212.566.8672 AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
Austin Pendleton AUSTIN PENDLETON(Director) has just directed The Birthday Party at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he has acted and directed, as a member of the Ensemble, for many years. In New York, he has directed several Mississippi Mud productions, including Suddenly Last Summer (in which he also appeared), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (to be mounted again this fall), and is now preparing productions for Mud of A Streetcar Named Desire and Vieux Carre. 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, such actors as Maggie Gylenhall, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke. He has acted in many movies and in recurring roles on such TV series as Homicide and Oz, as well as on Broadway in, most recently, The Diary of Anne Frank,with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin, in a script revised by Wendy Kesselman, in whose musical, The Black Monk, he played the title role. He has written three plays: Orson's Shadow, produced at Mud after it's off-Broadway run which lasted the year of 2005, at the Barrow St. Theatre, directed by David Cromer; Uncle Bob, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and Booth, which starred Frank Langella in its productions in New York, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven; as well as the libretto for A Minister's Wife, music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, commissioned and produced by Chicago's Writers' Theatre in 2009, and at Lincoln Center in 2011. All these works have been published. His most recent directing in New York is The Last Will (in which he also appeared), by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.
Charles CHARLES BLACK (Assistant Director) Has trained with Anne Jackson, Mary Anthony, Arthur French, and Austin Pendleton in New York. He is an actor and dancer. His stage credits include: Birmingham Reunion by George Joshua with OneHeart, Bury the Dead at HB Playwrights Theatre (director Geoffrey Owens), and with Mississippi Mud Productions: Lust, A Streetcar Named Desire, and the upcoming Streetcar and Vieux Carre in the role of the Writer in Mississippi Mud's summer lab theatre, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the role of Tooker, with a new production with Mud this coming fall, all under Mr. Pendleton's direction. Mr. Black has served as Assistant Director for both Lust and Suddenly, Last Summer with Mississippi Mud, both directed by Austin Pendleton and with fight choreography by Diego Villada. Television and film roles include, One Life To Live, All My Children, Guiding Light, The Law & Orders, 30 Rock, The Departed, Across The Sea Of Time, Just My Luck, Stonewall and many others.

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