In 1961 a movie star is committed to a Manhattan psych ward.
The doctor assigned to her case believes he must keep her there for her own good, but the creative genius behind the movie star mask will sacrifice anything to regain her freedom.
Based on a true story.

NORMA JEANE

AT THE PAYNE WHITNEY PSYCHIATRIC CLINIC

Written/directed by N. G. McClernan
performed by Jenna Sander and Matthew DeCapua
This is the world premiere production, in the 2017 NYWinterfest

Performances at the Hudson Guild Theater, located at 441 W. 26th Street
(between 9th and 10th Avenues). This is an Actors Equity Showcase production.

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Cast & Creative

JENNA SANDER (Norma Jeane) is delighted to be a part of a such a talented team. She attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and played many fun roles along the way. In her final graduate play she was cast in one of her favorite roles; Rosencrantz in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" at the Rita Morgenthal Theatre. She also recently played Thea Elvsted ("Hedda Gabler") at the Secret Theater. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support and love during this wondrous journey.
MATTHEW DECAPUA (Dr. Mark Lewis, etc.) loves to work on new plays. OFF B'WAY: "A Class Act" (New World Stages / EKTM) NY THEATRE: “Come Blow Your Horn” (TACT salon), "Morning Star" (Peccadillo), "The Philadelphia Story" (NYSTI at QTIP), "Julia & Buddy" (MITF, best actor nom.). REGIONAL: “Over the River and Through the Woods,” “Brooklyn Boy,” “South Beach Babylon” (Florida Studio Theater). "Dracula" (Premiere Stages, w/ Lorenzo Lamas) TV: "Law & Order," "L&O: Special Victims Unit," "Blue Bloods" (recurring), MTV's "One Bad Choice," "As the World Turns." FILM: "As I Remember It" (w/ Christine Ebersole and Alice Ripley) WEB: "Space Dogs," “Lucy Knows Love” (w/ Susan Louise O’Connor). Proud member of AEA. www.matthewdecapua.com & @mdecapua1
ELIZABETH STRAUSS (Stage Manager) Favorites shows include... Off-Broadway: "The Employee of The Month Show", "Ping Pong" (The Public Theater) "The Model Apartment" (Primary Stages), "Almost, Maine" (Transport Group), "F@cked In The East Village", "Small Hole Big Head", Broadway Stage Management Symposium, Cartier’s Flagship Mansion Reopening. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival. Education: URI. elizabethsophiastrauss.com
RENEE NICOLE GRAY (Costume Designer) has been creating costumes and wearable art as long as she can remember. Her custom wigs, accessories and designs have been featured in films, TV and stage productions worldwide. She is also the owner and curator of online boutique Henrietta 1912 and premier Lady Gaga tribute artist "Lady Doppelgaga." For more visit www.reneenicolegray.com and @reneenicolegray on Twitter/Instagram
N. G. MCCLERNAN (author/director) is a playwright, director, producer and composer whose work has been produced in PA, NJ, NY, CO and Japan. Her play "Blessings of the Sun God" was directed by Obie winner Oliver Butler, and her play "Julia & Buddy" won Outstanding Production of a Full-length Play at the 2014 Midtown International Theater Festival. She founded and runs NYCPlaywrights which has a web site and a weekly email blast providing up-to-date calls for submissions, discount tickets, free shows and other theater-related opportunities for playwrights in New York and the world. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild

Arrangement, Instrumental Performance, and Recording for "All By Myself" by Bill Fuller
Additional soundscapes by Bill Fuller.
Special thanks to Diane Quinn for the screams.

Author's Note

Artistic liberties have been taken in this play, but Marilyn Monroe really was committed to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in February 1961.

During her acting career, Marilyn Monroe struggled against being typecast as a dumb blonde in movies. Her third husband, playwright Arthur Miller, was sympathetic to her plight and wrote a screenplay for her, "The Misfits." But by the time the movie was in production their marriage was ending. According to Miller's autobiography, at one point Monroe, who was struggling with drug dependency...

...saw me and began to scream at me to get out... her distress in my presence canceled out any help I could hope to give... I went back into the bedroom and she looked at me, ravaged but slowing down at last, merely repeating, “Get out,” as in a dream.

Monroe later complained that Miller took away her big speech in the movie and instead she was directed to have a screaming fit. "I guess they thought I was too dumb to explain anything." she said.

Monroe attended the movie premiere of "The Misfits" with Montgomery Clift on January 31, 1961. A week later she was in the Payne Whitney.

Miller's last play, Finishing the Picture, has been produced only once as of this writing, in 2004. It is an autobiographical account of the making of "The Misfits." The character of Kitty is based on Monroe. Throughout the play other characters recite monologues at Kitty and a recurring theme of their monologues is that Paul, the character based on Miller, isn't as bad as Kitty says. And while the other characters react when Kitty speaks, Kitty herself makes no audible sound. In his final portrayal of her, Miller denies Monroe even the ability to scream.

My play is based on many sources: Marilyn Monroe The Biography by Donald Spoto; Miller's autobiography Timebends, A Life and his two plays featuring a Monroe character ("Finishing the Picture" and "After the Fall"); Susan Strasberg's memoir Marilyn and Me: Sisters, Rivals, Friends; and Gloria Steinem's book Marilyn: Norma Jeane. And there are excellent web sites dedicated to Monroe, in particular April VeVea's Marilyn: A Day in the Life and Cursum Perfecio by Christelle Montagner.

And you can see rarely seen photos and other personal items, which Monroe left to Lee Strasberg in here will here.

But in addition to those second-person accounts, many lines in this play are taken directly from Monroe's interviews, personal correspondence, marginalia from Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters and the unfinished autobiography My Story.

In this play Norma Jeane will be heard.

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