Picture this – a famous sex-kitten actress… a legendary baseball player… a despised American senator… and possibly the world’s most brilliant man…
They’re the four characters that come together one hot, steamy night in New York in the early 50s – the night Marilyn Monroe filmed that famous scene for Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch where the hot air from the subway grate blew her dress – and her – into pop icon history.
Insignificance revolves around the chance meeting of Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein in a New York hotel room on a hot night in 1954. Her husband at the time, Joe DiMaggio and Senator Joseph McCarthy also appear, creating an entertaining and engaging clash of cultures and ideas.
Actors cast are Paul Russell (Albert Einstein), Genevieve Neve (Marilyn Monroe), Adam Young (Joe DiMaggio) and Andrew Thomson as McCarthy.
This amazing play – a hit when first staged 30 years ago – and one WWLT director Gavin Critchley has waited some 30 years for the opportunity to present his take – is funny, engaging, touching and at times terrifying, while the dialogue is fast, historically accurate and razor sharp.
Monroe was 28 then and at the height of her career – nobody was more universally recognised at the time. By contrast, Monroe was actually a very intelligent person who was constantly trapped by the dumb blonde persona she had so carefully created.
Playwright Terry Johnson, in this imaginary scenario, allows Marilyn to fulfil her dream of being recognised for her intellect by matching wits with one of her idols – Albert Einstein.
Woy Woy Little Theatre will present Insignificance play at the Peninsula Theatre in Woy Woy in August this year.
Performance dates are: 1 August 8pm, 2 August 8pm, 3 August 2pm, 8 August 8pm, 9 August 8pm, 10 August 2pm, 15 August 8pm, 16 August 2pm & 8pm, 17 August 2pm.
There are three easy ways to book: On line (www.woywoylt.com.au) – on the phone 4344 4737 (leave your name and number – a box office volunteer will get back to you within 48 hours) – or in person when the Peninsula Theatre box office opens between 10 and 12 noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Monday July 21.
Adults $25.00, Conc. $22.00, Child (5-15) $7.00. Groups 20 or more Adult tickets: $23.00 each.
Peninsula Theatre Cnr McMasters and Ocean Beach Road, WoyWoy. Ph: 4344 4737