Bride of Wildenstein, Avalon Gallery, Orlando

Bride of Wildenstein - The Musical, ©2009 Marsian De Lellis

On October 22nd, 2009 I opened  Bride of Wildenstein –  The Musical at the Gallery at Avalon Island in Orlando. 

The weekend of performances  October 22nd-24th, 2009 headlined the Orlando Puppet Festival, organized by Ibex Puppetry. Bride of Wildenstein ran at the Cameo Theatre in Orlando the following weekend October 29 – November 1, 2009.

photo: Nicholas Shoob,
design: Marsian De Lellis

Have you ever gone too far for love?

In Bride of Wildenstein, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture her philandering game hunter husband’s attention.

After the run at Avalon Island, Bride of Wildenstein moved to The Cameo Theatre in Orlando.


Ibex Puppetry Presents
Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical

Written and Performed by
Marsian De Lellis

Written with
P.J. McWhiskers

Directed by
Derron Wood

Musical Composition by
Josh Senick


P.J. McWhiskers

(Co-Writer) is a performance art entity, who has for thirteen years been creating and collaborating in original works staged in Boston, Provincetown and New York City. At the age of seventeen, P.J. joined the Massachusetts-based theatre company, The Gold Dust Orphans, where she performed as a principal member for eight years. She is best known for curating the Provincetown based performance salon and booze fest, KooK, co-writing and staring in Fun Time with Pea-Pie and Jo-Jo and You Suck At Life and Everthing Else, a sketch comedy karaoke show.

Josh Senick 

(Composer, Sound Design) is a Los Angeles based composer and sound designer who focuses in live theatrical work. Originally from Bethlehem Pennsylvania, Josh attended Case Western Reserve  University and the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received a B.A. in Music and Theater in 2005. He moved to Los Angeles, California in the fall of 2006 to attend the California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A. in Theatrical Sound Design in 2009.

Derron Wood

(Director) is the Executive Artistic Director of Flock Theatre in New London, CT. He has brought a Flock company to the National Puppetry Conference since 1992, and oversees their integration with the guest artists selected to participate. Derron is a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Master Teaching Artist. He has developed numerous educational-based residencies for schools and museums.

Hunter Wells

(Costume Designer) Theatre Credits: Funnyhouse of a Negro, dir. Micael Garcés (CalArts, 2009), John Gabriel Borkman, dir. Maureen Husky (CalArts 2009), How to Disappear and Never be Found, dir. Lily Whitsett (CalArts 2008), Aesop’s Dreams, dir. Chris Cole (CalArts 2008). Film/Video Credits: “The Way I Loved You,” Music Video feat. Diana Shaginyan, dir Darrel Rigby (AFI 2009), “Love Me Dead,” dir. James Connelly (AFI 2009), Matinee, dir. Miachael Callahan (USC 2009), A Month and Some Days, dir Lin  Qiu (CalArts 2008).

Lee Frank Perez Vargas

(Costume Design) has worked as a designer since 1989. Lee has designed costume for 8 theatre productions and three short films. Lee has a small studio in Los Feliz near Griffith Park from where he creates and teaches his skills.

Brandon Stirling Baker

(Lighting Designer) has designed lighting for Theatre, Dance and Art Installations in Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis and Edinburgh, Scotland. His designs have been produced at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, Great Small Works International Toy Theatre Festival, Los Angeles Music Center, ACDFA Dance Festival (University of Minnesota), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Automata (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Manual Archives (Los Angeles), Museum of Jurassic Technology (Los Angeles), Company of Angels, Still Speaking Theatre, The Skirball Cultural Center and the Santa Monic Museum of Art. B.F.A. Lighting Design, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and studied abroad at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Sarah Marie Ibrahim

(Assistant Sound Design, Vocal Coach)  is a graduate student in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media at CalArts. Her works include vocally driven electronic music, recontextualized opera, multi-media installations and sound and video design for live performance. She has performed at Issue Project Room (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), Dangerous Curve (LA), Highways (LA), and LACMA (LA).

Leila Ghaznavi

(Original Co-Director, Editor) Leila Ghaznavi is a playwright of American-Iranian descent and a masters graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, currently residing in New York City.

Rachel Weir

(Design Dramaturgy) Rachel’s aesthetic is eclectic. Her work ranges from futuristic to modern realism to mythopoetic to bubblegum pop culture. The joy of designing for her comes from the discovery and connection in constructing metaphors with her collaborators. Her designs resonate with meaning, humor, irreverence and rhythm. Bride of Wildenstein is her second collaboration with Marsian De Lellis. She has earned her MFA in Design from CalArts.

Chase Woolner

(Puppet Builder) has been puppeteering since the age of five when he started performing in his elementary school and with Red Moon Puppet Theater in Chicago. With a BFA from CalArts, his puppetry work has been seen in fringe festivals worldwide. He has worked with The Muppet Studios, The Jim Henson Creature Shop, Puppet Heap, Walt Disney Imagineering and the Chiodo Brothers.


EuGean Seo

Set Designer

E. Martin Giminez

Sound Designer

Rachel Weir

Costume Designer

Amanda Smith

Scenic Artist

Sarah Sowell

Puppet Builder


Alice Boehm

Byung Lee

Chi Kyung

Chris Barecca

Ellen McCartney

Greg Ballora

Heather Henson

Janie Geiser

Larry Seigel

Marianne Kubik

Leslie Cararra-Rudolph

Lynn Jeffries

Martin Robinson

Pam Arciero

Lynn Roesnfeld

Raphael Lopez Barantez

Richard Termine

Ron Binion

Robert Smythe

Steven Levine

Susan Simpson

Tyler Bunch

Vandy Wood

Z. Briggs


Ibex Production Manager
Tori Oakes

Stage Manager
Ibex Lighting Coordinator
Sarah Yates

Sound Board
Curtiss Mitchell

Follow Spot Operator
Tara Kromer


Heather Henson
President, Artistic Director

Vandy Wood
Executive Director

Brad Richard
Office Manager

Sean Keohane
Festival Consultant

Kelli Cummins-Branson
Marketing Coordinator

Sarah Yates
Gallery Curator
Handmade Puppet Dreams Coordinator

Tori Oakes
Production Manager

Marsian De Lellis
Puppet Slam Network Coordinator

Tim Ellis

Jack Fields
Project Assistant

Curtiss Mitchell
Special Projects

Davey Jordan
Special Projects


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.