Genre: Drama
Chris Savery


A Brit's take on American legend Marilyn Monroe has a further international feel-with Australian soap star Katy-May Hudson playing the screen icon in the New York premier of Mirror, Mirror, and featuring at this year's Midtown International Festival.

The British City of Plymouth, is so proud of the New York connection, local business leaders are making a video trailer not only supporting the Broadway show. But, gearing-up for Atlantic celebrations promoting the 2020 Mayflower crossing nearly 400 years ago.

Katy-May Hudson is playing Marilyn, and her credits include the Aussie TV soap Home & Away. British playwright Chris Savery, who is producing the show, is currently in the Big Apple as rehearsals get underway for the opening later this month.

Mirror, Mirror, begins with the actress on her death bed, having a conversation with herself and reflecting on her life. She died of a drug overdose in 1962, aged 36. The death was officially classified as 'probable suicide', although many theories have suggested murder, with alleged conspiracies involving President Kennedy, the CIA or the Mafia, though I have avoided controversy in my show, said Chris.

Australian soap star and classical actor Katy-May Hudson, said: "I'm really honoured to be bringing Marilyn back to life on the New York stage, after 51 years since her untimely death. Chris Savery's play is thought provoking, and written through the eyes of a British writer."

"I can't believe the enthusiasm around the show, and I'm very excited about playing a woman that was far more than just beauty and glamour, but a role model in many ways. She was a global superstar and meant so much to me growing up in Australia."

53-year-old Chris Savery, said: "I have a touch of nerves about being a Brit portraying some of the most famous American figures in the 20th century including; President John Kennedy and baseball great Joe DiMaggio that feature alongside Marilyn in the eight-character play. It is pretty awesome, and it’s scary, but I am very excited too."

"I studied everything about Marilyn Monroe and it is all historically accurate and I find her so fascinating. She was very articulate and she questioned morality, as an overtly sexual person. I visited her grave in Hollywood and I felt a spiritual connection to the play I have written."

Chris, added: "I'm proud that my play is bridging the Atlantic gap and bringing together the UK and US. Not only the fantastic link of my play on the global stage, but also promoting the 2020 celebrations of the sailing of the Mayflower to Plymouth Rock nearly 400 years ago."

A movie video produced by Blue Lollipop Media was recently launched to American journalists online, and the show is also being sponsored by the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth, UK. The University offers a number of media and creative art degrees including; Live Music, Acting, Creative Writing, English Literature as well as Journalism, Media Production and Sports Journalism.

The show is at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre on West 36th St, as part of the 14th annual Midtown International Festival, dated July 15-20. For more information on dates and times of the performances, please visit the Festival website. 

After Mirror, Mirror’s finishes its run at the festival, the show moves to the Write Act Repertory Theatre at 309 East 26th Street for a limited one week run from July 22nd through 27th, and starting at 7:30pm each night.

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An official Facebook site was also recently launched where all the latest gossip, pictures, and news around the show can be viewed and downloaded online.

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The Midtown International Theatre Festival’s 2013 Season runs from July 15 – August 4, 2013, at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Main Stage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor.

John Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest Off-Off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety.

In 2003, the MITF moved its activities to their current location, the Theatre Building on W. 36th St., where it has been successfully ensconced since.  In 2008 the Festival expanded from two theatres in that building to four, at the WorkShop Theater Company and Abingdon Theatre Company spaces.

The MITF’s artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on effective but minimal production values.

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Open:   07/22/13
Close:   07/27/13

7:30 pm every night
Theater:   Write Act Repertory Theatre
Address:   309 East 26th Street
New York City, NY 10010
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