On November 13th, 2009, I performed Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical at the New Orleans Fringe.
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.
The New Orleans iteration was produced by Ibex Puppetry in Orlando. I worked closely with Tory Oakes – to develop a tourable set that referenced cat scratch toys that transforms with the protagonist. After the New Orleans Fringe performance, Bride of Wildenstein premiered at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles.
Have you ever gone too far for love? 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.
The New Orleans Fringe began in 2008 as a Festival to nurture emerging and established performing artists by presenting fun, fearless and affordable theater to the community and creating ties between artists, audiences, businesses and local organizations.
Ibex Puppetry is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry in all of its various mediums, nurturing work for a myriad of venues including stage, film, and gallery.
Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical
Written + Performed by
Marsian De Lellis
Lee Frank Perez Vargas
Sarah Marie Ibrahim
Raphael Lopez Barantez
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.