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Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 07/13/12 09:06:45 PM

Address: 250 West 40th Street
New York, NY   

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

Norma Jeane, Enlightened  | Open: 08/02/12 Close: 08/02/12
On August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe, screen goddess, was found dead under uncertain circumstances. Deemed a suicide, many – to this day – believe she was murdered. Celebrated author Joanne de Simone’s riveting play shows that she was indeed murdered … and Hollywood is the culprit. The play finds Marilyn, seconds after her demise on a beach with a lone figure who takes her on the kind of journey one takes only after the final curtain comes down.

This deep character study of one the most enigmatic individuals of the 20th century features Gloria Jung, Holly Elizabeth O’Brien, Andrew Rothkin, Michael Curcio, Bob Cencioni, Martha Ghio, Eric Kuzmuk, Joseph Conway, and Danny McDermott.

Joanne de Simone

A prolific writer, Ms. de Simon’s latest play, Judy's Dead, took first prize in last year's Writer's Digest Stage Play competition; her one-act, The Suicide Angel, has been optioned as a feature film; and her novel about life in the big city as seen through feline eyes, The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of The Big Apple, is being developed for an animated feature. When not churning out great works of fiction, Ms. de Simone works as a columnist, film historian, and editor.

Ms. de Simone is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America, The International Women's Writers Guild, and is listed in the Remington Registry.


For further information or to make a reservation, please contact Jay Michaels at WrightGroupNY Communications,             (646) 338-5472       or wrightgroupny@gmail.com

About the Company: WrightGroupNY Communications

The Backstory

WrightGroupNY began in 2001 as the in-house public relations firm of Genesis Repertory. Under the leadership of Michael Wright, a then-retired public relations executive, and member of the board of directors of Genesis, Mr. Wright guided Jay Michaels, Mary Elizabeth MiCari, and Martin West on the mechanics of running a successful promotion campaign – from press deadlines to essential design issues. After his passing, WrightGroupNY continued to raise Genesis Repertory’s visibility. The company now fosters new plays and independent films as well as remaining a leading classical theater.

WrightGroupNY began to have a life of its own. As early as 2003, WrightGroupNY, then under the direction of Martin West, created campaigns for various festivals in and around New York. By the end of 2003, WGNY mounted successful campaigns for three other off-off Broadway companies, two independent films, an art exhibition, and a series of fashions shows. 

WrightGroupNY – through an aggressive ad and marketing campaign – expanded Kingsborough College’s drama club into a full-scale theatrical group called The Performing Arts Society. The Society went on to perform off-off Broadway. From there, WGNY opened its doors to more organizations until today it boasts a client list that includesThe Bronx Opera, The Active Theater, The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, Joanne de Simone, Test Tube Productions, White Rabbit Theater, The Magic Apothecary ltd, College Now, None of the Above Theater, Jules Libellus Art Collections, and productions from the Fringe Festival, Samuel French New Plays Festival, Midtown International Festival, Frigid Fest, Spotlight-On Productions, and many others. WrightGroupNY had photographs and articles appear in The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, UsTownHall, OuterStage, NYTheater, and on NY1. 

The New York office is now run by Jay Michaels. The organization still maintains the same sliding scale fee structure and artistic point of view started by Michael K. Wright in 2001 to help create visibility for the off-off Broadway and independent film communities.

Saddam: The Musical  | Open: 10/21/05 Close: 10/30/05
A madcap, screwball comedy about Saddam's failed efforts to resuscitate his marriage
and emerge victorious from a raging mid-life crisis.

Saddam: The Musical tells the inside story of how Saddam Hussein was an eager to please henpecked husband and relates the tale of Saddam's kidnapping of the world's greatest lyricists and songwriters to be the ghostwriters of Saddam's ultimate paean of love. As the walls of his palaces crumble about him, Saddam is obsessed with creating the one song that will both memorialize his musical genius and win back the heart of his first wife.