Marlene, a One-Woman Play about the Legendary Marlene Dietrich
February 19 - February 25
Marlene, a compelling solo play about iconic German actress, singer, patriot and feminist Marlene Dietrich, will celebrate its world premiere at the New York Theatre Festival’s Winterfest 2018.
Marlene is scheduled for three performances during the annual festival at the Hudson Guild Theatre: Feb. 19 at 6:15 p.m., Feb. 23 at 9 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. The theater is located at 441 West 26th St. between Ninth and Tenth avenues.
Written by Willard Manus, directed by Judith Rose and starring Cindy Marinangel, Marlene is a based on a true story. Set in May 1960, the play takes place when Dietrich returned to the Berlin stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in the 1930’s. Inside her dressing room at the Tatiana Palast Theater, she weighs whether to go through with the live performance despite threats on her life by Nazi sympathizers who resented her for having spent much of World War II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. To them, Dietrich is a turncoat; a traitor who deserves to be shot and killed on stage.
Cindy Marinangel is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio and a graduate of the Chicago Second City Conservatory. Marinangel was recently seen in “Beverly Hills Christmas,” a holiday film starring actor Dean Cain that airs seasonally on UPtv. For more information, visit cindymarinangel.com.
Willard Manus is a playwright, journalist and novelist. He is a member of the playwrights/directors unit of The Actors Studio. His most recent plays are Joe and Marilyn: A Love Story, Frank and Ava (now a motion picture) and Who Killed Comrade Rabbit?
Judith Rose is a member of Actors Equity, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers as well as the playwrights/directors unit of The Actors Studio. She directed Ed Asner and Estelle Harris in When One is Gone, and Betty Garrett and Tess Harper in Wendy and Me. In 2017, Rose directed Broadway veteran Maybin Hewes in Still Struttin’ and Don & Me, both one-woman musical shows.