Clarksville, TN – The year is 1962. Marilyn Monroe has just died and faces her audition — for heaven. The judges: her thirteen aborted babies. Will she enter through the Pearly Gates?
America’s ultimate sex symbol takes center stage upstairs in the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace in Rosary Hartel O’Neill’s dark comedy “Marilyn/God”, playing four evenings only, April 30th – May 8th.
Capturing the effervescent humor of Marilyn, confused and intrigued by the signs she must follow to climb her way into heaven, this one-woman play explores the multi-levels of complexity of the cult goddess — her vulnerability, her anger, and how Americans’ worship of beauty and fame fueled her rise to stardom.
Reliving painful scenes from her life, during the afterlife Marilyn must confront her dying mother, an ex-agent, old lovers, the conflicting demands of femininity, and her own submission to the star-maker machinery.
Under the direction of Ryan Bowie, Quinn Tierney Vaira takes on the seemingly daunting task of portraying the blonde bombshell, one of the most famous women in recent history. Vaira is undoubtedly up to the challenge, though, as evidenced by her previous performances on the Roxy Regional Theatre stage, including Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz”, Frieda in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, Titania/Hippolyta in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and, most recently, as USO singer Maryjo in Shirley Lauro’s “A Piece of my Heart”.
“Marilyn/God” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Performances are at 7:00pm on April 30th, May 1st, May 7th and May 8th, in the 50-seat black-box theatre located upstairs at the Roxy Regional Theatre. Due to language and content, this production is recommended for mature audiences only.
Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at 931.645.7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain).
About the Roxy Regional Theatre
The Roxy Regional Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to producing professional live theatre and promoting the arts, with emphasis on education, in Clarksville, Middle Tennessee and the Southeast. The theatre is located at 100 Franklin Street in Historic Downtown Clarksville.
For more information, visit www.roxyregionaltheatre.org