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Sharon Tate in Heaven  | Open: 03/14/14 Close: 03/23/14
Sharon Tate in Heaven is a one woman odyssey about model and actress Sharon Tate. Sharon did some television work and made six films, her last with Orson Welles, and was on her way to international stardom. She met director Roman Polanski in 1967 when she was hired to play the lead in his film The Fearless Vampire Killers, fell madly in love, and married him. Two years later while pregnant with his child, a boy, she and four others were savagely killed by members of the Charles Manson "family" in August 1969 when Manson, a frustrated musician who wanted to get revenge on the Establishment that rejected him, and with paranoid delusions about a Helter Skelter race war he wanted to start, set it in motion. At the home Sharon and Roman rented on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, Sharon passed before being able to say goodbye to her husband or loved ones. In this one woman show, written and performed by Jen Danby (The Blonde Bombshell Project: Marilyn Monroe), and inspired by research into books, pictures, interviews, films, virtual explorations, and more, Sharon Tate is interviewed in Heaven moments after her death to talk about her life, acting, and love, as a Valentine message to her husband.

At the juncture of an American Tragedy that is cultural memory, this is the story of the real Sharon Tate and it is a Love Story.

Show Dates and Times
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays @8pm

March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

AUSTIN PENDLETON has just directed SeaGull69 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (AEA Showcase), and Vieux Carre and A Streetcar Named Desire for the Mud Actors Lab. This past June he directed The Blonde Bombshell Project: Marilyn Monroe, a solo project with actress Jen Danby, with Mississippi Mud Productions. He recently directed Tribes at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he has acted and directed, as a member of the Ensemble, for many years. In New York, he has directed several Mississippi Mud productions, including Suddenly Last Summer (in which he also appeared). He was most recently seen as Nightingale in Vieux Carre Mud Lab and Choir Boy at the Manhattan Theatre Company. 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. 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, 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. He recently directed The Last Will in New York (in which he also appeared), by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.

JEN DANBY With Mud: 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). 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. Founder & Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 AEA, SAG-AFTRA.


SeaGull69  | Open: 01/24/14 Close: 02/17/14
(New York, NY) January 2nd, 2014 - Tony-nominated and Obie-winning Chekhov director Austin Pendleton helms and appears in Mississippi Mud Productions' SeaGull69, a new version of Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, The SeaGull. This is a world premiere of an adaptation by Austin Pendleton and the acting company drawing on Marian Fell's translation. Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, the play looks at family and friends pursuing the American dream of fame, love, and fortune in Hollywood, the land of dreams. Chekhov's sense of humor along with his tender and honest look at life is explored through the terrain of this family and their circle's life in Hollywood from 1969-1971. Tickets on sale online @ - $17 general admission, $14 student/senior.

Famous actress Arkadina visits the family home that her brother cares for in Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969. She comes with her lover Trigorin, a Hollywood writer. Her son, Konstantine, puts on a new play he's written starring his girlfriend, Nina. When his mother doesn't like it, he stops it, leading to a spinning tale of events around dreams, love, attractions and burning ambitions and longings.

The cast includes Broadway and Indie artists Michael Arena, Charles Black*, Jen Danby*, Annette Hunt*, Albert Insinnia*, Andy McCutcheon*, Maureen Mooney*, Patricia Perales, Austin Pendleton*, R. David Robinson*, Lei Zhou, and Dana Zurkowski. Costume design/Looks are by David B. Thompson currently working on PIPPIN on Broadway.

* Appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association


Vieux Carre Mud Lab  | Open: 08/24/13 Close: 09/02/13
The drama takes it form from the shifting scenes of memory, and Williams's surrogate self invites us to focus, in turn, on the various inhabitants or his dilapidated rooming house in the Vieux Carré: the comically desperate landlady, Mrs. Wire; Jane, a properly brought-up young woman from New York making at last grab at pleasure with Tye, the vulgar but appealing strip-joint barker; two decayed gentlewomen politely starving in the garret; and the dying painter Nightingale, who tries to teach the young writer something about love--both of the body and of the heart. This is a play about the education of the artist, and education in loneliness and despair, in giving and not giving, but most of all in seeing, hearing, feeling, and learning that "writers are shameless spies," who pay dearly for their knowledge and who cannot forget.

Richarda Abrams as Nursie
Janice Bishop as Mary Maude
Charles Black as the Writer
Pasquale Carlucci as Pickup / Cop
Neil Crisci as Cop
Jen Danby as Jane
Ginger Grace as Mrs. Wire
Andre Herzegovitch as Photographer
Annette Hunt as Miss Carrie
Andy McCutcheon as Tye
Austin Pendleton as Nightingale
Dean Thomas as Sky

Production Assistant/Assistant to Director: Rafi Lewis
Assistant: Maria Kot
Production Manager: Lisa Raymond
Costume Eyes: David B. Thompson
Technical Director/Lighting: Siobhan Weiss
Musical Arrangement & Composition: Judd Danby

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