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CHARLIE AND SHARON - world premiere June 2nd @8:00pm!
This American Blonde Actress™ and Mississippi Mud Productions announce the world premiere of CHARLIE AND SHARON, a fantastical tragical comical haunting, in NYC June 2 running through June 19. It is created and performed by This American Blonde Actress™, Jen Danby and Daniel Delano. 1960s Actress and Icon Sharon Tate, most famous for the role of Jennifer North in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, faces ex-convict and leader of a "Family" of followers, Charlie Manson. Manson sent members of his "Manson Family" to Ms. Tate's Benedict Canyon home in Beverly Hills LA, where on August 9, 1969, they murdered her along with four others. In this play, he has to face her and she him after the murders that night. It is Japanese Noh style otherworldly. Who she is inside and outside is untouched and pure and therefore a force. He is the force of what he is and Charlie meets Sharon face-to-face. Directed by Obie-winning, Tony-nominated, and Drama Desk Winner Austin Pendleton. Purchase tickets here http://charliesharon.brownpapertickets.com.
Sharon Tate was born in Dallas, Texas in 1943, and murdered in the summer of 1969 at the age of 26. This Part Two of the Trilogy, CHARLIE AND SHARON, takes on this American tragedy in an imaginary meeting between Charles Manson and Miss Tate. Part One, the solo SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, starring Jen Danby and directed by Austin Pendleton, has played in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and other cities. Part Three, SHARON AND ROMAN, now in development with future dates to be announced, is an imaginary conversation between Miss Tate and her husband, international director Roman Polanski, about their life before and after her death. Casting is complete: Jen Danby as Sharon Tate, Daniel Delano as Charles Manson, and Drew Stone as Roman Polanski. The complete Trilogy is being directed by Obie-winning, Tony-nominated, and Drama Desk Winner Austin Pendleton.
And save the Date - Tuesday May 31 for THE HAPPENING - CHARLIE AND SHARON - A Party for Fundraising and Meeting and Greeting the actors and director from Charlie and Sharon. Beer, wine, food, music, dancing and some surprises. Tickets are $22. The Happening tickets can be purchased here http://the-happening.brownpapertickets.com.
SHOW DATES AND LOCATION
Runs June 2 -19, 2016
All Shows @8pm
Except Sundays @6pm
and Saturday June 11 @4pm and 8pm
(No Shows - June 7, 8, 15)
The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios
244 W 54th St
New York, NY
Ticket price for the show is $18 general admission and $10 seniors and students. Purchase show tickets here charliesharon.brownpapertickets.com.
Ticket price for The Happening is $22. The Happening tickets can be purchased here the-happening.brownpapertickets.com.
Tickets to both events may also be purchased by phone 1-800-838-3006 or at the door pending availability.
$99 from ticket sales will be donated to Big Cat Rescue in Florida to help feed Hoover, a tiger rescue from Peru, for 3 days.
Running Time @ 90 minutes
JEN DANBY (Sharon Tate) Stars as Sharon Tate in the just-released film for New Media, SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8, based on her play version. With Mud: Michelle Pfeiffer in CALIFORNIA GIRL: BEING MICHELLE PFEIFFER, her original solo piece; Sharon in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN in New York, Lido Beach, Key West, Daytona Beach, Miami and Los Angeles for four appearances; Nina in SEAGULL69, Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Jane in VIEUX CARRÉ, Marilyn Monroe in her original solo piece THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT, 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: VIEUX CARRÉ, MOONY”S KID DON’T CRY, WHAT OF THE NIGHT?. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. AEA, SAG-AFTRA.www.thisamericanblondeactress.com
DANIEL DELANO (Charles Manson) A scholarship graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory, Daniel Delano has performed in dozens of leading and supporting off-off Broadway roles. At the 13th Street Rep he appeared in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, KKK RECRUITER, and SURVIVAL SKILLS and at the Workshop Theater he performed as Gail in OUR LADY OF 121st STREET. His television appearances include principal roles on REDRUM and I'D KILL FOR YOU. He is currently working on several short films and indie features: GIRL ON THE LEDGE, WOLF TICKETS, and GRETE AND THE HATCHLING. Daniel will be seen on the television series THE MIND OF A MURDERER as Scott King premiering May - June of 2016 on the I.D. Discovery Network. Daniel is represented by American Talent Management. www.danieldelano.net
AUSTIN PENDLETON (Director) has directed 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, 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. He has written and published 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; as well as the libretto for A MINISTER’S WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, at Chicago’s Writers’ Theatre in 2009, and Lincoln Center in 2011. He directed Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman’s THE LITTLE FOXES. Recent New York productions include THE LAST WILL, by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, by Stephen Adly Giurgis, at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Second Stage, and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN written and directed by Jean Young Lee, at The Public Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.
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."