Have you ever gone too far for love?
In Bride of Wildenstein – The Musical, an aging socialite grows fur and claws to recapture her philandering game hunter husband’s attention. Using puppets and masks to augment the body, this solo cabaret performance playfully unpacks desire and the contagion of identity with songs that examine the making of a monstrosity.
The weird and tragic love story wildly reimagines tabloid accounts of the real-life “cat woman”, Jocelyn Wildenstein. As the protagonist’s marriage dissolves, she begins to reinvent herself through drastic measures. But biomedical and surgical procedures to become more feline only heighten her sense of estrangement and embolden her quest to find a fiercer sense of self. (More)
The design and creative team evolved over the course of the project. Designers included Rachel Weir, EuGean Seo, Hunter Wells, Lee Vargas Perez, Brandon Stirling Baker, and the production company, Ibex Puppetry. (More)
(Co-Writer) serves as the Grand High Witch of North America who also dabbles in mortal affairs from time to time.
(Director) is the Executive Artistic Director of Flock Theatre in New London.
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.