Bride of Wildenstein

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?

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“Demented, touching, and inherently strange”

Flavorpill
2010 (Los Angeles), on Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical


“While most would gasp in horror or laugh at the tragic story, Marsian finds the humanity in her gruesome story and embraces the shame monster that lives inside all of us.”

– Feast of Fun Podcast
2010 (Chicago

), on Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical


“If you’re a fan of the glee-fully debauched Rocky Horror picture show or the irreverent humor of South Park then you’re doubtlessly in for a treat.”

89.9FM WCUF
2009 (Orlando), on Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical


  “[Marsian] portrays both Jocelyn [Wildenstein] and hubby Alec with a double sided costume, allowing character switches with a spin of the high heel.”

Archikulture Digest
2009 (Orlando), on Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical


PERFORMANCE HISTORY

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. Bride of Wildenstein was co-presented in 2010 with Automata at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles. Productions have also been staged at the New Orleans Fringe, The Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando), and Cameo Theatre (Orlando). Excerpts have been performed at REDCAT (Los Angeles), The Tank (New York), PLOP (Olympia), Georgia Tech (Atlanta), Great Arizona Puppet Theater (Phoenix), and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT).

Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical  2009-2010

Premiere:
Velaslavasay Panorama
(Los Angeles)

Full Workshops:
New Orleans Fringe (New Orleans)
Cameo Theatre (Orlando)
Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando)
CalArts (Valencia, CA)

Excerpts:
The Tank (New York)
Great Arizona Puppet Theatre (Phoenix)
PLOP (Olympia)
Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (Waterford, CT)
REDCAT (Los Angeles)

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