sharon and mia + sharon tate quadrilogy

April 9th - 15th

SHARON AND MIA created by and Featuring Jen Danby* and Jessica Marie Smith

Directed by Austin Pendleton 

Bridge Theatre @Shetler Studios
244 West 54th St - 12th Fl.

To kick off the run of SHARON AND MIA, a SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN solo performance special version Monday April 9 fundraiser for Panthera USA will play at 6:30pm. Panthera is a four star charity and 100%, of the ticket sales to this night's play will help Panthera's Tigers Forever program and the preservation of earth's big cats.*

This special version will include a story about Sharon making a recording ironically, an NRA album, when they made a conscious endeavor about such things, released in her lifetime.  about conservation, wildlife, and environment, plus a Lion encounter.

SHARON AND MIA, the newest of the Sharon plays, makes its NYC debut after playing in Long Beach, LI. It is a story of a friendship in four scenes, beginning on the set of ROSEMARY'S BABY in the summer of '67. Mia Farrow, born of Hollywood royalty and married to Sinatra, the most famous singer in the world, and Sharon, an "Army Brat", in love with the Polish immigrant directing his first picture in America, Roman Polanski, meet and strike up a friendship that will prove to be deep and true. The scenes sweep from the summer of '68 and the deaths of MLK and Robert Kennedy Jr, when Mia has just returned from India and Sharon is studying Kung Fu with legendary Bruce Lee, to New Year's Day 1969 at Joshua Tree in the California desert, with bright futures ahead, to Connecticut in the 1990s, when Mia is trying to figure out her life and how to best care for her children after her turbulent break up with Woody Allen. The play is an honest, frequently funny, heartfelt look at the quest for happiness in good and bad times and the value of "girl time" and true blue bonds.

The solo play, SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, returns to NY after also playing on Long Island, in Key West, in Daytona Beach, Miami, and Los Angeles over five tours, most recently in January 2018 Beginning moments after Sharon Tate's murder in the summer of 1969 by members of the Charles 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 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 returns to New York after playing in Long Beach, Long Island, and after making its Los Angeles debut this past winter. 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" (when she was murdered by Manson Family members) 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 version that played in LA 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, also returns to New York  after playing in Long Beach, Long Island, and after making its Los Angeles debut along with Charlie and Sharon. This 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." -

Together, this Quadrilogy of Four Sharon Tate plays tells the story of Sharon Tate relationally, and takes on the most infamously violent murder in American history, with the bright light moments of life, too. The plays can be watched alone for storytelling, or together, in a full circle immersion experience. Timeless, these plays speak to America and Hollywood in 2018, when we are all reflecting on compassion, power, and "Me Too."

The running time for SHARON AND MIA is roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes without intermission. SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN roughly runs 90 minutes, and  CHARLIE AND SHARON and SHARON AND ROMAN, run roughly 1 hour 45 minutes each.

To kick off the run of SHARON AND MIA, a special version of SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, solo performance, will play on Monday April 9 @ 6:30pm. This performance is a fundraiser for the Tigers Forever program of Panthera USA. Tickets $20 to help wildlife - 100% goes to the charity.

SHARON AND MIA New York debut performance times:

Tuesday April 10 @8pm
Wednesday April 11 @8pm
Thursday April 12 @8pm
Friday April 13 @8 pm
Saturday April 14 @2 pm and @7:30 pm

CHARLIE and SHARON also plays Saturday April 14 for a single performance, @4:30pm

AND Sunday April 15: THE SHARON TATE QUADRILOGY (The solo play that started it all and three duo plays)
@11:30 SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN with Bagels & Beverages (@11AM)

Sunday Only - Final show will be followed by a special Talk Back with the cast and director Austin Pendleton. Free of charge for those who have purchased tickets. 

Sharon and Mia tickets $17
Charlie and Sharon single performance $17

To see both plays on Saturday April 14, special price of $30 attending either the matinee or evening shows 

Sunday April 15 each play single admission price of $17
2 plays package $30 (any two plays)
3 plays package $42 (any three plays)
All four plays (recommended) special price of $48 

The special talkback is free of charge to those who purchase a ticket to the show(s) 

AEA Showcase code production and Sharon Tate in Heaven produced by special permission AEA 

*Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the worlds 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems. 

Utilizing the expertise of the worlds premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global strategies for the most imperiled large cats: tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas, and leopards.

Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats.


JEN DANBY (SHARON TATE) Film: SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8 + SHARON TALKS - YouTube/Vimeo USA and international release. Television: LOVE MONKEY. Stage: Michelle Pfeiffer, Farrah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe (solo shows); Sharon Tate in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN in New York. Long Island, Los Angeles. Miami, Key West, and Daytona Beach; Sharon in the SHARON TATE QUADRILOGY, East and West coasts. 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). Nina - #SEAGULL69 (in 2014 & 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.

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.

JESSICA MARIE SMITH (MIA FARROW) Mia in SHARON AND MIA in Long Beach NY; Mrs. Prentice in WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at The Secret Theatre; Corie Bratter in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at the Covina Performing Arts Center/LA; Marie in EARTH AND SKY at Sierra Madge Playhouse/LA; Ruya in HOUSE at the New York International Fringe Festival; Natasha in THE THREE SISTERS at La Mama. Film: Wife in EMPTY ROOMS, LA/Adam Lamas director.

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.


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."

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."