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The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
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UPDATE: Announcing post show talkback with Jen Danby and Austin Pendleton.

This American Blonde Actress™ and Mississippi Mud Productions announce a 2 dates only Double Feature performance on Saturday July 8th and Saturday July 15th of CALIFORNIA GIRL: BEING MICHELLE PFEIFFER and of FARRAH about 70s superstar Farrah Fawcett. They are both written and performed by Jen Danby, This American Blonde Actress™, of SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN. CALIFORNIA GIRL: BEING MICHELLE PFEIFFER comes to the city after a hit performance in Long Beach, Long Island, and this is the FARRAH launch performance. Purchase $20 tickets here or by phone 1-800-838-3006. $25 tickets at the door day of show.

FARRAH is set in December 1979 in Andy Warhol's Factory in New York City after Warhol chose Farrah Fawcett to be his model for a 20/20 TV special on his artwork on Hollywood icons. She came to New York with her new romantic partner Ryan O'Neal just after splitting from her husband "The Six Million Dollar Man" Lee Majors, and in the wake of leaving the television show that catapulted her to stardom, the 1976 TV hit CHARLIE'S ANGELS, in which she played Private Investigator Jill Monroe for one smash season, doing things like high speed chases on skateboards and catching bad guys on screen. The setting is a true one of Warhol asking Farrah, as interpreted by Jen Danby, questions as he takes Polaroids of her for his silk screens he will give to her and her boyfriend. Sweet, smart, loving, fun, and bold 70s "It" girl Farrah talks in this "secret" conversation about her life from her childhood in Texas to this juncture in time after television fame and with aspirations for movie stardom and a new true soulmate love in her life and when everything was looking like a golden horizon for this Icon. Directed by Austin Pendleton. Run time @60 minutes.

CALIFORNIA GIRL: BEING MICHELLE PFEIFFER is set in TV interview style one of a kind chance. Learn all about Golden Globe winner Michelle Pfeiffer, from her stint as Vons checkout girl to movie star in drama and comedy in Jen Danby's imaginative ride as the actress. Pfeiffer is known for her work ethic, privacy, and for being a Blonde Bombshell character actress who by her own admission dances with her demons and likes to laugh in life. She has the "It" that makes actresses legendary and is also sustained by a great sense of tenacity and inner strength and knowing how to protect her inner self and those close to her in the landscape of huge fame with a no nonsense sensibility and a California rebel free spirit in dynamic tension. Hear stories about working on screen with Robert De Niro, Cher, Al Pacino, and more legends, and on sustaining a career from her teens to her 50s and what that means for a woman in today's world. Through true confessions, movie moments, and even karaoke, the fun and adventure of her career and of what makes this American icon so special shines through. Directed by Jen Danby. Run time @90 minutes.

Both shows are written and performed by Jen Danby.


Saturday July 8 @7:30pm

Saturday July 15th @7:30pm

The Alchemical Theatre Labratory

104 West 14th Street - 3rd Floor

White Box Studio C

New York, NY

Total run time for the 2 shows is 2 1/2 hours plus one 15 minute intermission.


JEN DANBY (FARRAH/MICHELLE PFEIFFER) Sharon Tate in SHARON TALKS (2017), a short film released on New Media and Sharon Tate in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN SUPER 8 (2015), a film released on New Media based on her play version. With Mud: Jennifer North in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS benefit reading ; Michelle Pfeiffer in CALIFORNIA GIRL: BEING MICHELLE PFEIFFER, her own original solo piece; Sharon in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN in New York, Long Island, Miami and Los Angeles, CHARLIE AND SHARON, SHARON AND ROMAN, and SHARON AND MIA (in development). Nina in SEAGULL69, Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Jane in VIEUX CARRÉ, Marilyn Monroe in her original solo piece THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT, Catharine in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, Vivien in the solo piece VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE, Helena in LUST, all under Austin Pendletons direction; Blanche Dubois, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Mud Actors Lab (dir. Mr. Pendleton) and The  Cherry Pit (co-directors  Brian Lady  and   Mr. Pendleton), Vivien  in ORSONS SHADOW (dir. Lauren Reinhard) and Blanche DuBois for a charity staged reading of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Geoffrey Owens as Stanley Kowalski, directed by Peter Zinn, produced by Mud as a fundraising event for the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach NY. Select stage: HEDDA GABLER; VALPARAISO; THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (dir. Amy Wright, HB Studio). Film/TV/New Media: The Wooster Group Dailies as Paula in PAULA and BAD PICTURES opposite Jim Fletcher (GATZ); TRUE HOLLYWOOD SITTER; RUN #3, ALL MY CHILDREN, LOVE MONKEY. Directing: VIEUX CARRÉ, MOONYS KID DONT CRY, WHAT OF THE NIGHT?. Founder & Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud and Founder of This American Blonde Actress™ as actress, director, producer, teacher/acting coach. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

AUSTIN PENDLETON (FARRAH DIRECTOR) has directed SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, CHARLIE AND SHARON, SHARON AND ROMAN, SEAGULL69, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, VIEUX CARRÉ, THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT: MARILYN MONROE, SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS  CONFERENCE, and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Mississippi Mud. Mr. Pendleton has worked as an actor with Mud in the roles of Lyon Burke in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS benefit reading , Dr. Dorn in SEAGULL69 and Dr. Sugar in SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER. He acts and directs with Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and has been a member of the Ensemble for many years. He has directed three Chekhov productions at Classic Stage Company: UNCLE VANYA, THREE SISTERS (for which he won an Obie), and IVANOV, featuring, between them, actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke, as well as HAMLET, starring Mr. Sarsgaard. He has acted in many movies and in recurring roles on such TV series as HOMOCIDE and Oz, as well as on Broadway in, most recently, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin. Current stage acting work: Lear in KING LEAR at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. He has written and published three plays: ORSONS SHADOW, produced at Mud after its off-Broadway run in 2005 directed by David Cromer; UNCLE BOB, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and BOOTH, which starred Frank Langella. He wrote the libretto for A MINISTERS WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt & lyrics by Jan Tranen. He received a Tony nomination for directing Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellmans THE LITTLE FOXES. Recent New York productions include acting in THE LAST WILL, by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre, directing BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Second Stage, for which he was nominated for both a Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award, and acting in STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, written and directed by Jean Young Lee, at The Public Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.

LISA RAYMOND (Production Manager): Managing Director, Marketing/Media Head - Mississippi Mud Productions. As a multi-media artist Lisa can often be found behind a computer or a camera. She works in the visual arts areas of website and graphic design, video, photography, and also consults on social networking. Clients have included MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Sotheby's, Christie's, the NFL, Elite, and Ford Models.

Mississippi Mud Productions is a Made in the USA theatre and film company, working with artists from around the world. Mississippi Mud Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit 501(c)(3).


The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory (View)
104 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Film > Movies

Minimum Age: 15
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Mississippi Mud Productions
On BPT Since: May 06, 2011
Lisa Raymond

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