Bride of Wildenstein (Workshop)

photo: Nicholas Schoob

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 – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture her philandering game hunter husband’s attention. Using puppets and masks to augment the body, this solo cabaret performance playfully unpacks desire and the contagion of identity with songs that examine the making of a monstrosity.

photo: Nicholas Shoob
design: Marsian De Lellis

The weird and tragic love story wildly reimagines tabloid accounts of the real-life “cat woman”, Jocelyn Wildenstein. As the protagonist’s marriage dissolves, she begins to reinvent herself through drastic measures. But biomedical and surgical procedures to become more feline only heighten her sense of estrangement and embolden her quest to find a fiercer sense of self.

©2009 design Marsian De Lellis

Marsian & Company Present

Thursday, May 7th, 8pm

Friday May 8th, 8pm
Workshop Viewing

Friday May 8th, 10:30pm
Workshop Viewing

Saturday May 9th, 8pm
Workshop Viewing

Saturday May 9th, 10:30pm
Workshop Viewing

CalArts teaches artists to develop the skills and personal drive to reach their creative potential, question received ideas and expand forms of knowledge and experience in the world. CalArts challenges artists to create work that matters globally to the state of culture today and in the future.

Bride of Wildenstein, design, 2009 Rachel Weir


written by Marsian + P.J. McWhiskers
performed by Marsian De Lellis

Music composed by Josh Senick
Directed with Leila Ghaznavi

Leila Ghaznavi

Set + Pop-up design
EuGean Seo

Costume Design
Rachel Weir

Lighting Design /
Assistant Director

Brandon Stirling Baker

Jennifer Kobloskyy

Josh Senick

Vocal Coach /
Sound Assistant

Sarah Ibrahim

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

2009, Photo: Nick Shoob


Ben White

Chris Barreca

Circus in Miniature

Cotsen Center for Puppetry + The Arts

Curtis Mueller

David Hanbury

Don Holder

Ellen McCartney

Emily OC

Gary Kechely

Jane Pickett

Janie Geiser

Jeremiah Thies

Lap Chi Chu

Lynn Rosenfeld

Mary Heilman

Michael Darling

Michael McIntire

CalArts Paint + Puppetry Shop

CalArts Performing Objects Lab

Rafael Lopez-Barrantes

Robert Tokarz

Renata De Lellis

CalArts Scene Shop

Steven Levine

Susan Simpson

CalArts Theater Management Office

TJ Kearny


Bride of Wildenstein was developed at CalArts and the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center with funding from The Durfee Foundation and Ibex Puppetry.