Jen Danby in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN to Play Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, 10/9-12
This American Blonde Actress™ and Mississippi Mud Productions proudly present Sharon Tate in Heaven on the West Coast. Making its Los Angeles debut, Sharon Tate in Heaven runs for four performances only at the famed Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, October 9-12. Sharon Tate in Heaven is a one woman odyssey about model and actress Sharon Tate. Sharon started in television and made six films, includingValley of the Dolls (1967) playing the aspiring actress Jennifer North, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe for Most Promising Female Newcomer. She starred in films in the USA and internationally, including her last film, the comedy 12 +1 Chairs in 1969, with Orson Welles. By 1969, she was ascending into international stardom. By then she was also a wife and mother-to-be living her American Dream. She met director Roman Polanski in London in 1966 when she was hired to play the lead in his film The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), a "Disney" comedy take on vampires as she described it, fell madly in love, and married Roman, who described his years with her at a press conference in 1969 "as the the only time of true happiness in my life." On August 9, 1969, she and four others were killed at the home she and Roman lived in at 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, LA. In this one woman odyssey, written and performed by Jen Danby (The Blonde Bombshell Project: Marilyn Monroe, Nina in SeaGull69, an adaptation by Mississippi Mud of Chekhov's SeaGull set in LA in summer 1969, directed by Austin Pendleton), and inspired by research into books, pictures, interviews, films, virtual explorations, and more, Sharon Tate has a TV interview in Heaven to talk about her life, acting, and love, as a Valentine message to her husband. This is the story of the actress, Hollywood star, and woman Sharon Tate, born in Dallas, Texas, with an American Dream and International Appeal, and it is a Love Story. Tickets on sale now at sharontateinheavenLA.brownpapertickets.com
The New York Times' Fashion & Style section article this May on Sharon's enduring style, the TV smash Mad Men, the new book "Sharon Tate: Recollection" by her sister, Debra, celebrating Sharon, the "new generation crushing on Sharon Tate" as evident with high school students on Twitter, virtual fan sites on Facebook and Tumblr, and this Sharon Tate in Heaven show are evidence of Sharon Tate's mythos and enduring appeal as style icon.
"Jen Danby lets Sharon talk; she simply talks. Her talk, however, is filled with both the experience of a particular woman and the hopes, longings, frustrations and fears of all of us...If Danby were merely improvising entertainingly for an hour and forty-five minutes, it would be an accomplishment; but that her words are both carefully scripted and consistently and surprisingly spontaneous is nothing short of remarkable. Stunning." --Geoffrey Owens, actor, Broadway's "Romeo and Juliet" with Orlando Bloom, "The Cosby Show"
"Jen Danby completely disappeared inside the character. I saw Sharon Tate, not Miss Danby. That's the way. She was living it, being it." --Jack Hofsiss, Tony Winning Broadway Director, "The Elephant Man"; Film/TV Director: "I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones)
"I love Jen's Sharon. Jen has found a whole new way of acting and working on a role with her work on Sharon. This is an affinity. This is a match made in heaven." --Austin Pendleton, Obie Willing and Tony Nominated Director and Drama Desk Renaissance Man of the American Theatre award winner, director of Sharon Tate in Heaven.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute - Lee Stage
7936 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Show Dates and Times
Thursday October 9 @8pm
Thursday October 10 @8pm
Thursday October 11 @8pm
Sunday October 12 @3pm
Running time approximately 1 hour 40 minutes