Tenth Ave Arts Center Presents David Bottomley's PEACOCK AND THE NIGHTINGALE, 7/3

By: Jun. 25, 2014
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1953. Eccentric English poet, Dr. Edith Sitwell is in Hollywood working on a blockbuster movie script for George Cukor about the Tudors. She meets rising young film star, Marilyn Monroe who yearns for a break out role. Sitwell holds the key with Anne Boleyn. But in a battle of supreme egos, who will let her get her hands on such a great part?

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Dame Edith Sitwell and the 52nd of Marilyn Monroe. This comic drama celebrates the real women behind their larger than life public facades, their friendship and their battle with fame and artistic integrity.

"The Peacock and the Nightingale' is a little piece of gold."
"It presents many psychological layers to get one's teeth into".
Martin Slidel, London reviewer at Women in the Arts Festival, Tristan Bates Theatre.


A cross cultural UK exchange project for San Diego International Fringe Festival #sdff14 of the world premiere of comic drama by British playwright, David Bottomley.

Hollywood 1953. Movie director, George Cukor summons the eccentric English poet, Dr. Edith Sitwell, to adapt her book about Anne Boleyn into a Columbia blockbuster to star Vivien Leigh.

Cukor films a publicity meeting between the ageing poet and rising young film star, Marilyn Monroe, who yearns for a break out role to counter the dumb blonde parts for which she is famously typecast.

Sitwell struggles with Cukor and his collaborator, who continues to dumb down her script. Impressed with Monroe and her plight, she hatches a plan to make her the star of her screenplay instead.

As three larger than life ego's battle for supremacy, how will the Studio choose between them?