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
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.