Bride of Wildenstein, Olympia, WA (performance)



On Saturday, September 19th, 2009, I performed “Pump that Pussy”, and excerpt from Bride of Wildenstein –  the Musical at The Fall of Puppetry, hosted by PLOP! (Performance Laboratory for Objects and Puppets) in Olympia, curated by Dan Luce.

In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, 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 (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?

In “Pump that Pussy”, Jocelyn stumbles upon a junkyard pumping party (where participants inject illegal compounds into their bodies). At the pumping party, she encounters a talking cockroach, a pigeon who has just gotten a beak job, and a rat doctor with a caulking gun.

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.