Three Sharon Tate Plays Coming to Long Beach This October
In three plays in three views, Sharon Tate aka "Jennifer" in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, talks as a girl and a ghost to her best friend Mia Farrow, her murderer Charlie Manson, and her husband Roman Polanski after her murder in the summer of 1969 when she was on top as America's "Future Girl." A comedy drama American fable.
SHARON AND MIA, CHARLIE AND SHARON, and SHARON AND ROMAN, three of the acclaimed SHARON TATE QUADRILOGY plays, are coming to Long Beach, New York over three October weekends. SHARON AND MIA makes its world debut, and CHARLIE AND SHARON and SHARON AND ROMAN make their Long Island debut after successful runs in New York City.
For fans of American and pop culture, history, movies and Hollywood, and for anyone, the plays are a window into the turbulent 60s and how love lives on. Together the plays tell the story of actress and model Sharon's Tate's life before and after her murder in an imaginary cycle of stories, beginning with the acclaimed first one, SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN the solo play. Now, these duo pieces flesh out the life of Sharon and her best friend, murderer, and husband now in exile from America. Together they paint a bigger picture of Sharon Tate's life that was tragically cut short after a promising hit as Jennifer North in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.
The plays span 1967 to the present day. Sharon Tate was born in Dallas Texas in 1943 and murdered by members of the Manson Family in August 1969 in her home she shared with her husband, film director Roman Polanski. MIA AND SHARON is a four scene story of a friendship that began on the set of ROSEMARY'S BABY in 1967. Mia Farrow is from Hollywood royalty and Sharon is an "Army Brat" but the two strike up a friendship that is deep and true as witnessed through transition and challenges for Mia after Sharon's death. The play is a funny, heartfelt look at love, men, Mia's marriage to Frank Sinatra and Sharon's to Roman, family, and career. CHARLIE AND SHARON is a dark comedy imaginary meeting between Sharon and Charles Manson who orchestrated her murder that takes place in four scenes after her death in 1969. SHARON AND ROMAN is a four scene romance story of love and marriage between a holocaust surviver from Poland, Roman, and a Texas all American girl, Sharon. It shows how love conquers all through trauma and tragedy.
MIA AND SHARON plays Saturday October 7 @ 7 and Sunday October 8 @ 2. CHARLIE AND SHARON plays Saturday October 14 @ 7. SHARON AND ROMAN plays Saturday October 21 @7. Each performance is followed by a talkback with the actors and the director of the plays, Obie-winning Austin Pendleton.
MIA AND SHARON is created by Jen Danby and Jessica Smith, and CHARLIE AND SHARON and SHARON AND ROMAN is created by Jen Danby and Daniel Delano. All three are directed by Austin Pendleton. Cast: Jen Danby as Sharon Tate; Daniel Delano as Charlie Manson and Roman Polanski; and Jessica Smith as Mia Farrow.
Running time for each piece is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Tickets are $11 regular admission and $9 seniors and students. For 18+ only audience although PG-13 rated. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance. Performances take place at The Magnolia Center 650 Magnolia Blvd, Long Beach NY (accessible with a short walk or cab from the LIRR and with lot and street parking).
Produced by Mississippi Mud Productions and This American Blonde Actress, with support from Artists-in-Partnership of Long Beach.