“American Dreamers” by Lavonne Mueller opens Readers Theatre Repertory’s 11th season, directed by Mary McDonald-Lewis. “Marilyn Monroe and Carl Sandburg, alone in a Washington D.C. hotel room on August 1, 1962,” says McDonald-Lewis. “The moment I saw the people, the place and the time, I wanted to tell the story.”
The famed platinum blonde and the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet were friends, their last visit captured by Len Steckler just nine months before Monroe’s death when the star made a surprise visit to the writer’s apartment. The photos, unseen for 45 years, have recently gone on the market. (http://tinyurl.com/42k7jsd)
“American Dreamers” imagines a meeting, with an intimate conversation ranging from passion to politics to poetry. A thread of sorrow runs through the show, made elegiac as Sandburg paints a word picture of the America into which he wants his friend to safely, sweetly disappear.
H. L. Mencken called Carl Sandburg “indubitably an American in every pulse-beat,” while Monroe was hailed by Arthur Miller as “… all paradox and enticing mystery, street-tough one moment, then lifted by a lyrical and poetic sensitivity…” McDonald-Lewis says “This play speaks to Sandburg’s Americanism, and Monroe’s misunderstood brilliance. And just like Carl and Marilyn do – it surprises you throughout.”
The cast includes Christy Bigelow as Marilyn Monroe.