From May 7th to May 9th, 2009, I presented a workshop of Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical at CalArts in Valencia, CA. In Bride of Wildenstein, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband.
Described as “demented, touching, and inherently strange” by Flavorpill, Bride of Wildenstein is a weird and tragic love story that examines the making of a monstrosity through one woman’s personal struggle, and the loss of her sense of self. As her marriage dissolves, she begins to reinvent herself through drastic measures – surgical procedures to become more feline, which only heighten her sense of estrangement.
From the Invite:
Marsian & Company Present
BRIDE OF WILDENSTEIN – THE MUSICAL
An aging socialite grows fur and claws in hopes of recapturing the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. Action of occurs inside and around the proscenium of an oversized dress-like structure, which doubles as a pop-up book and backdrop for the performer, puppets and performing objects. Bride of Wildenstein investigates the making of a monstrosity through one womanʼs personal struggle, loosing her sense of self in love and her reinvention through drastic measures. Although, Bride of Wildenstein is inspired by the real life “cat woman”, it is solely a work of fiction.
Thursday, May 7th, 8pm – Preview
Friday May 8th, 8pm & 10:30pm – Workshop Viewings
Saturday May 9th, 8pm & 10:30pm – Workshop Viewings
Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical
written by Marsian & P.J. McWhiskers
performed by Marsian De Lellis
Music composed by Josh Senick
directed with Leila Ghaznavi
Dramaturgy: Leila Ghaznavi
Set & pop-up design: EuGean Seo
Costume design: Rachel Weir
Lighting design / Assistant Director: Brandon Stirling Baker
Co-producer: Jennifer Kobloskyy
Composer: Josh Senick
Vocal Coach / Sound Assistant: Sarah Ibrahim
Sound: E. Martin Giminez
Technical Director: Sarah Sowel
Scenic Artist: Amanda Smith
Puppet Builder: Chase Woolner
Pop – Up Assistant: Chi Kyung
Technical Supervisor: Byung Lee
Art Direction: Marsian De Lellis
Special Thanks to Janie Geiser, Susan Simpson, Ellen McCartney, Chris Barecca, Rafael Lopez-Barrantes, Jane Pickett, Renata De Lellis, Steven Levine, Lynn Rosenfeld, David Hanbury, Curtis Mueller, Michael McIntire, Circus in Miniature (2008), Performing Objects Lab.