- Feb. 20, 2014
-- Jen Danby: currently rehearsing Sharon Tate in Heaven,
a new solo piece she has written and is performing in nyc in march, with Austin Pendleton Directing. With MUD: Sharon Tate in Sharon Tate in Heaven, 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 and head of its educational wing and actor lab. BA drama/acting UT Austin, MA acting liu, ph.d acting studies cuny graduate center and co-founder of its active theatre group. Jendanby.com
Austin Pendleton: Mr Pendleton has just directed Seagull69 an Adaptation of Chekhov's Seagull by the Mississippi Mud Acting Company and played Dorn in the production and will now be making a return engagement. Directing credits: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with MUD (AEA showcase), and Vieux CarrÉ and A Streetcar Named Desire for the MUD actors lab. This past June he directed The Blonde Bombshell Project, a solo project with actress Jen Danby as Marilyn Monroe, 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 CarrÉ 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. 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.
And now these 2 talents will join forces with sissy to talk about this exciting new production of The Seagull coming back to New York soon LIVE on The Sissy Gamache Show 7:30pm EST on MNN channel 56 Time Warner Cable Manhattan and on our website www.thesissygamacheshow.com