PLACES Solo Show About Alla Nazimova Set for Penthouse One
Yonder Window Productions is proud to present the world premiere of PLACES, a multimedia solo show about Alla Nazimova, supported by the League of Professional Theatre Women's Heritage Program, written and performed by Romy Nordlinger and developed and directed by Katie McHugh.
Long before there was a Madonna the world was Gaga over Nazimova. But this femme fatale heroine swimming upstream in a 1920's fishbowl full of sharks was forced into obscurity and shamed for her forward thinking and lesbianism. From Tsarist Russia to Broadway to the highest paid silent movie star, Alla Nazimova was the first female director and producer in Hollywood. Rags to riches to bisexual decadence, she defied the moral and artistic codes of her time. A trailblazer pushed into obscurity - Nazimova will not be silenced. A racy multimedia look at one of the most daring voices and talents of the 20th century, Nazimova tells it like it was... and is.
Sound design by Nick T. Moore, video design by Adam Burns, lighting design by Robin A. Paterson.
In collaboration with the art exhibition PRINTS, Penthouse One at Shetler Studios and Theatres.
Romy Nordlinger - Actress, Voice Artist, Theatre Educator. Some recent credits include "Edna" in Florence Foster Jenkins directed by Stephen Frears, the web series WOMG by Cecilia Copeland, Lancelot by Steven Fechter (The Woodsman). & the Indie feature A Separation. She has had costarring roles on Law & Order CI (Officer Talbor), All My Children, and One Life to Live, plus numerous indie films and industrials, and has just wrapped another episode for the web series The Ruthless Spectator created by Rob Bartlett. Selected theatre credits: "Rose" in Shakespeare's Slave at the Clurman with Resonance Ensemble; Between Here and There with New Perspectives; The Woman On The Bridge workshop by Julia Pascal, directed by Ludovica Viller Hauser; January directed by Lorca Peress/Multi Stages and R Culture by Cecilia Copeland. She developed her solo show Places with Stage Struck which is helmed by Mari Lyn Henry and The Society for The Preservation of Theatrical History. Stage Struck has performed at the Snapple Theatre Off Broadway, The Players Club and The Metropolitan Playhouse. Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Wilma, Fleetwood Stage. Playwriting credits include Liptshick at the New York International Fringe Festival, The Feeling Part with LoNyLa and her solo show Sex and Sealing Wax at The Midtown International Theatre Festival. Romy is also an audiobook narrator and voice-over artist with over 200 titles to her credit as well as numerous voice over spots. Recently she dubbed diverse roles from grandma to geisha, in China's highest grossing blockbuster Monster Hunt, by the creators of Shrek. Romy has also been a teaching artist for the past 15 years working with underserved communications in every borough of Manhattan. Member of The League of Professional Theatre Women. Member of NY Madness, Resonance Theatre Ensemble, Flux Sundays and The Playwrights Gallery. www.romynordlinger.com
KATIE MCHUGH is a New York based director, teacher and producer of theatre with an MFA in directing from The New School for Drama. She is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company, Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory, and Artistic Director of Yonder Window Theatre Co. Katie is an award-winning director who specializes in both new play development and classic work. Her enthusiasm for educational theatre earned her a nomination for the Champion of the Arts Award in 2006, and the Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007. Her most recent work is in Mexico, where she has been named Artistic Ambassador of the Mexican Fringe Festival San Miguel and has directed/produced four productions, including co-producing Enemy, an adaptation of Ibsen's Enemy of the People directed by Emmy award winner, Dorothy Lyman. Her company, Yonder Window Theatre Co, is making its maiden voyage in Mexico with a multidisciplinary, multicultural, bilingual international production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream called The Dream Project. Katie is a Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. www.yonderwindow.co
PLACES runs Friday, September 30, Saturday, October 1, Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 PM. Penthouse One is located at 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. *No Wheelchair access *One flight of stairs to get to Penthouse. Tickets are $12, available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2597635.