Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta (performance)

Bride of Wildenstein, Atlanta, 2009

On July 18th, 2009, at Georgia Tech I performed “Pump that Pussy”, an excerpt from Bride of Wildenstein –  the Musical, in which an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture the attention of her philandering game hunter husband. After being banished from her townhouse, she stumbles upon a junkyard pumping party (a gathering in which participants inject illegal non-medical grade compounds into their bodies). In the song, Pump that Pussy, she encounters a talking cockroach, a pigeon who has just gotten a beak job, and a rat doctor with a caulking gun who encourage her to “pump that pussy face”.

The performance was part of Puppet Potporri hosted by Lucky Yates at the National Puppetry Festival, produced by the Puppeteers of America.

Described as “demented, touching, and inherently strange” by Flavorpill (Los Angeles), 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 further heighten her sense of estrangement. The heroine’s story is loosely inspired by tabloid accounts of the real-life “cat woman”, Jocelyn Wildenstein. In it I hope to gently turn the abrasive glare of the mirror onto the face of the audience and pose the question, Have you ever gone too far for love?

Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical was written with long time collaborator, P.J. MicWhiskers. In this iteration, music was composed by Josh Senick and costumes were designed by Rachel Weir with choreography developed with Alice Gottschalk at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center while I was an emerging artist at the National Puppetry Conference.