JACKIE AND MARILYN Set for Lion Theatre, 4/18
On April 18, 2014 being brought to the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row in New York City will be the stories of these two women for the first time ever. Directed by highly-acclaimed Sanja Bestic, she will bring to the stage a story of two of the most glamorous and famous women of their time as they represent so much still to this day. They represent the divided female psyche, lost love, beauty, fashion, quintessential style, the changes of marriage and relationships and more. The play is a fictional imagining of what might have gone on behind closed doors of the most famous love triangle of all time - if it ever happened.
"I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so either." -Jackie Kennedy
Playing the role of the former First Lady Jackie Kennedy is Australian native Rachel Barrer. Barrer has been in various roles in her career including that of Donna Marsala in the longest running off-Broadway show "Tony and Tina's Wedding," as Irene in the off-Broadway play "Left-Overs" and others as well as onscreen roles in award-winning and well-received films such as "Just Lovers" and "Till Proven Innocent". Most recently she appeared on the CBS drama "Golden Boy". When asked to portray this iconic woman Barrer stated, "I am deeply honored to be playing Jackie Kennedy, one of America's most iconic women; and excited for the challenge I have as an actress to bring her grace, beauty and depth to the stage. I have always been fascinated by both Marilyn and Jackie and how they captivated the world in completely different ways. It's also an amazing opportunity to be surrounded by a powerhouse of women on this project; director Sanja Bestic, writer Sheri Graubert and my co-star Lella Satie. I hope the audience will enjoy this show as much as I am enjoying working on it!"
"I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." -Marilyn Monroe
Stepping into the shoes on stage to play Marilyn is internationally-known actress Lella Satie. Training in New York City under acting coach Susan Batson (who also trained Oscar winning actress Nicole Kidman and Juliette Binoche), Satie has always had a passion for acting. Her most recent performance as Frida Kahlo in "Tree of Hope, Remain Strong" gained her many outstanding reviews and recognition. Lella's acting includes an honours degree from the Prague Film School as well as time at the Shakespeare Conseratory and Professional Actors Lab in Toronto. Every role she plays reveals her wide range and versatility as an actress. When asked to step into this role Satie said, "I am excited and honoured to play the role of Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming play "Jackie andMarilyn". It is great to be working on this project with the group of talented and powerful women artists: director Sanja Bestic, writer Sheri Graubert, Rachel Barrer as Jackie Kennedy and Aleksandra Kovac our music composer. This has been a wonderful experience from the beginning and I hope the audience enjoys our interpretation of fictional and true stories of such iconic women."
Director Bestic has done international productions starting in her home country of Serbia. Since then she has done successful presentations after studying in Amsterdam and New York City. In 2010, she co-founded The Local Theatre NYC, a non-profit, multicultural, interdisciplinary art gallery committed to the research, production, presentation and interpretation of contemporary art. Sanja recently completed producing and directing "Tesla," an off-Broadway play inspired by one of the most famous Serbian-American scientists who lit the world - Nikola Tesla. The play was a sold out success, winning the young director the Tesla Award. The play will soon be moving to London's West End.