sharon tate in heaven

This American Blonde Actress™ and Mississippi Mud Productions played Shaton Tate in Heaven in Los Angeles for 4 tours to date: October 2014, January 2015, April 2015, and February 2016. Most recently we played at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute on the James Dean Soundstage for an intimate film set environment for the show. SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN is a playfully tender one-woman odyssey set as an imagined TV interview in Heaven.

Written and performed by This American Blonde Actress, Jen Danby (THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT: MARILYN MONROE, Nina in SEAGULL69, an adaptation by Mississippi Mud of Chekhov's SEAGULL set in LA in summer 1969), and developed by research into videos, virtual explorations, books, pictures, interviews, films, and trekking through LA, it's a celebration of love and a Valentine.

"Million Dollar Baby" Sharon Tate had a career that rocketed her from television to starring roles in six films within six years, including playing the aspiring actress Jennifer North in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Female Newcomer. Her last film, the comedy romp 12 +1 CHAIRS, was shot in Italy with Orson Welles. Comparisons between Sharon and Carole Lombard that Sharon herself felt an affinity with were part of the magic of this new hot 20 something sensation. Fast ascending into international stardom as an actress, model, and style icon, she was also a blissfully happy wife and mother-to-be living her American Dream with the love of her life, director Roman Polanski, when she was killed along with four others at her and Roman's home on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon on August 9, 1969, while he was in London writing a labor of love script for her and Jack Nicholson. Roman and Sharon had been dubbed the "Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford" of the Mod Hip generation, and Polanski described his years with Sharon as "the only time of true happiness in my life."

Featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES alongside TV's MAD MEN and the heralded book SHARON TATE: RECOLLECTION by Debra Tate, this play is part of the evidence of Sharon's enduring appeal as an actress, model, style icon, and her trending allure with teens who make up a "new generation crushing on Sharon Tate." SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN takes you on a bouyant ride as it celebrates the beauty of this actress and it is a Love Story.


Sharon Tate -- Jen Danby*

* Member AEA

Director: Austin Pendleton

Jen Danby JEN DANBY (Sharon Tate) With Mud: Sharon Tate in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN in New York, Lido Beach, and Los Angeles, Nina in SEAGULL69, Jane in VIEUX CARRÉ, Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Marilyn Monroe in her original solo piece THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT: MARILYN MONROE, Catharine in SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, Vivien in the solo piece VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE,, Helena in LUST, all under Austin Pendleton's direction; Blanche Dubois, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Mud Actors Lab (dir. Mr. Pendleton) and The Cherry Pit (co-directors Brian Lady and Mr. Pendleton), Vivien in ORSON'S SHADOW (dir. Lauren Reinhard), and Blanche DuBois for a charity staged reading of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Geoffrey Owens as Stanley Kowalski, directed by Peter Zinn, produced by Mississippi Mud as a fundraising event for the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach NY. Select stage: HEDDA GABLER; VALPARAISO; THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (dir. Amy Wright, HB Studio). Film/TV/New Media: The Wooster Group "Dailies" as Paula in PAULA and BAD PICTURES opposite Jim Fletcher (GATZ); TRUE HOLLYWOOD SITTER; RUN #3, ALL MY CHILDREN, LOVE MONKEY. Directing credits: VIEUX CARRÉ (NYC, with Mud, in a new AEA run), WHAT OF THE NIGHT? by Maria Irene Fornes, HB Studio, and MOONY'S KID DON'T CRY (Lido Beach). Founder & Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud and founder of This American Blonde Actress as actress, director, producer, teacher/acting coach. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

AUSTIN PENDLETON (Director): SEAGULL69, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, VIEUX CARRÉ, SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Mississippi Mud, as well as THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT: MARILYN MONROE a solo show world premiere written by and starring actress Jen Danby. Mr. Pendleton has worked as an actor with Mud in the roles of 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, such actors as Maggie Gylenhall, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke, and is now directing HAMLET at CSC. 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 COARY 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 its 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. He directed Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES. Most recent New York productions include THE LAST WILL (in which he also appeared), by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Stephen Adly Guirgis at the Atlantic Theatre Company, and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (as actor) 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 artists Lisa can often be found behind a computer or a camera. She works in the visual arts areas of website and graphic design, video, photography, and also consults on social networking, She can also be found as a production manager working with MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, the NFL, Elite, and Ford Models to name a few.
DAVID B.THOMPSON (Costume Coordinator) holds an MFA in Costume Design & Technology from Virginia Tech. Selected costume designs, include the White Horse Theater Co.'s SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, and workshop production of HALF, the Lookingglass productions of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, as well as the Gallery Players AS YOU LIKE IT. After "running away to join the circus" as Wardrobe Manager for a two year North American tour of Cirque Dreams Illumination, a Euro- pean-style circus, David returned to NYC as a wardrobe dresser on Broadway's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, then onto Cirque Dreams JUNGLE FANTASY for six weeks in Cancun, Mexico. Immediately following was 4 months as George Hamilton's dresser/personal assistant on the 1st National tour of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. He can currenty be found touring the country with the first national touring company of Pippin. With Mud SEAGULL69, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER as well as Mud Actors Lab A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and VIEUX CARRÉ.
NANCY SCHREIBER (Hair Design) has been sought after on all scales within her 25 years of experience – as a personal stylist to celebrities, on fashion shows and album covers. She is Mud's official hair stylist. Nancy can be found at Senses NY on 5th Ave in Manhattan.

For more information please contact