Love, Pain, Stardom & Secrets: Monroe and Sandburg in 1962

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.

Christy Bigelow and in American Dreamers

Christy Bigelow and in American Dreamers

and Christy Bigelow in American Dreamers

and Christy Bigelow in American Dreamers

Christy Bigelow and in American Dreamers

Christy Bigelow and in American Dreamers

 

Christy Bigelow in American Dreamers

Christy Bigelow in American Dreamers

 

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