Special Performance of FARRAH Announces for Long Beach, NY Starring Jen Danby, Directed By Austin Pendleton

Special Performance of FARRAH Announces for Long Beach, NY Starring Jen Danby, Directed By Austin Pendleton

This American Blonde Actress and Mississippi Mud Productions announce a special Long Beach, Long Island, performance of FARRAH, all about '70s superstar Farrah Fawcett, on Sunday, March 11th, at 3:00.

It is written by and stars Jen Danby, of CALIFORNIA GIRL: BEING Michelle Pfeiffer, and SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN.

FARRAH is set in December 1979 in Andy Warhol's Factory in New York City after Warhol chose mega star Farrah Fawcett to be his model for a 20/20 TV special on him and his celebrity icon artwork. She landed in New York for the session with her new romantic partner, Ryan O'Neal, just after splitting from her husband "The Six Million Dollar Man" Lee Majors, and in the rocky wake of leaving the television show that catapulted her to stardom, the 1976 TV hit CHARLIE'S ANGELS. In it she played Private Investigator Jill Monroe for one smash season, doing things like high speed chases on skateboards and catching bad guys on screen. A Texas-born art major at the University of Texas at Austin when Hollywood reached out to her and she took a chance, Farrah Fawcett was America's number one star. Her hair changed America, and her famous red bathing suit poster was the biggest selling poster in the world. The setting of this play is based on a true one of Andy Warhol asking Farrah questions as he takes Polaroids of her for the ABC TV 20/20 special as he prepares to paint two silk screen portraits of Farrah he will give to her and Ryan. Sweet, smart, loving, fun, and bold 70s "It" girl Farrah talks in this "secret" conversation about her life from her childhood in Texas to this juncture in time at the pinnacle of television fame and with aspirations for movie stardom and a new true soulmate love in her life when everything was golden for this icon. With a free spirit, Farrah, as imagined by Jen Danby, shares the adventures her life has taken her with hope for the Future. Directed by Austin Pendleton.

Alana Stewart, Farrah's best friend, author of "My Journey With Farrah," and President and CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation (whose mission, in honoring Farrah Fawcett's own fight with cancer, is to provide funding for alternative methods of cancer research, clinical trials, prevention, and awareness with an emphasis on anal and pediatric cancers) said, after seeing a private performance of "Farrah" in Los Angeles at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, "I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. Jen Danby really captures the essence of Farrah." This is a play about Farrah's tremendous life force.

There will be a post-show talkback with Jen Danby and Austin Pendleton.

Show run time is 75 minutes.

Sunday March 11 @3pm

Free admission

Long Beach Public Library

111 West Park Avenue

Long, Beach, NY


JEN DANBY (Farrah Fawcett) Film: SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8 + SHARON TALKS - YouTube/Vimeo. Television: LOVE MONKEY. Stage: Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Tate, Marilyn Monroe (solo shows); Vivien Leigh - ORSON'S SHADOW; Vivien Leigh THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE; Maggie - CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Blanche - A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Catharine - SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER with Austin Pendleton. Jennifer North - VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (Mud staged reading). Sharon - SHARON TATE QUADRILOGY; Nina - #SEAGULL69 (in 2014 & 2017). Directed #SEAGULL69 (2017); VIEUX CARRÉ AEA staged reading 6 performances NYC; MOONEY'S KID DON'T CRY by T. Willams, NADINE, SPRINGTIME, LUST (with Brian Lady) by Maria Irene Fornes, and SAG-AFTRA new media films SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8 and SHARON TALKS. New project in process on Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. ThisAmericanBlondeActress.com. Member AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Austin Pendleton (DIRECTOR) has directed SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, CHARLIE AND SHARON, SEAGULL69, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, VIEUX CARRÉ, THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT: Marilyn Monroe, SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, Vivien Leigh: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE, and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Mississippi Mud. Mr. Pendleton has worked as an actor with Mud in the roles of Trigorin in #SEAGULL69, Lyon Burke in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS benefit reading , Dr. Dorn in SEAGULL69 and Dr. Sugar in SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER. He acts and directs with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and has been a member of the Ensemble for many years. 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, actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke, as well as HAMLET, starring Mr. Sarsgaard. 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. Current stage acting work: Lear in KING LEAR at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. He has written and published three plays: ORSON'S SHADOW, produced at Mud after its off-Broadway run in 2005, directed by David Cromer; UNCLE BOB, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and BOOTH, which starred Frank Langella. He wrote the libretto for A MINISTER'S WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt & lyrics by Jan Tranen. He received a Tony nomination for directing Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES. Recent New York productions include acting in THE LAST WILL, by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre, directing BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Second Stage, for which he was nominated for both a Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award, and acting in STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, written and directed by Jean Young Lee, at The Public Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.

Mississippi Mud Productions is a Made in the USA theatre and film company, working with artists from around the world. Mississippi Mud Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3). Go to www.mississippimudproductions.com.

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