by Brian Christopher Williams


Directed by sarah norris

starring douglas sills (Tony nominee Scarlet pimpernel)

original song by david holcenberg

Part of New light theater project's spotlight series

About the play

March 19 at 1pm & 5pm

Pearl studios | 500 8th Avenue studio 414

Cast includes:


Douglas Sills* as Ellis

Morgan Keene* as Norma Jeane

Jenna Gavigan* as Beth

Jordan Bondurant* as Cash

Adinah Alexander* as Woman

Wyatt Fenner* as Man

Michael Paternostro, ​Accompanist 

Bethany Geraghty, Stage Directions

Erikka Anderson, PSM

Margaret Dunn (TBD Casting), Casting

For bios and production history.

*Indicates members of Actors' Equity Association

In the war years of the 1940s, two young actresses, Norma Jeane and Beth, pound the same Hollywood pavement and share similar aspirations.  They will become infamous by other names, one as Marilyn Monroe and the other as the Black Dahlia, the most notorious unsolved murder victim of her time.  


Deception tracks the trajectories of these Tinseltown luminaries, culminating in an imagined meeting between the ladies in the Black Dahlia’s final hours. An adaptable and engaging entertainer plays host while desperately searching for his missing wife.



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