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The story of Alla Nazimova, 1920's silent movie icon, Broadway legend and probably the most famous star you’ve never heard of.
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“I wrote this play because Alla Nazimova was a giant of a person and her story needs to be told,” says playwright and performer Romy Nordlinger. 

PLACES, a tour-de-force multimedia solo show, brings to life one of the most daring and outspoken artists of the 20th Century, who tells it like it was… and still is. 

We face a growing backlash against women, the LGBTQ+ community, and immigrants, which makes Nazimova's story more relevant now than ever. If she could have faced those kinds of obstacles and still flourished, then it gives us courage that we can do the same. If we could call the voices who paved our way to come back and speak to us, Nazimova would have to be at the top of the list. 

Alla Nazimova was the first female writer, director and producer in Hollywood and was the hightest paid actor in Tinseltown. One of Broadway’s brightest stars, she brought US acclaim to Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekov and Eugene O’Neil, and inspired Tennessee Williams to become a playwright. 

Her Garden of Allah was legendary – a place of sexual and intellectual liberty, frequented by the greats of her time. Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn and Chaplin, to name just a few – and they all called her Madame. Nazimova's infamous all-women’s sewing circle, a term she coined for her gatherings of lesbian and bisexual actresses in Hollywood, and her expressionistic film Salome with its all gay cast, defied the moral and artistic codes of her time. 

“By opening our eyes to the past we are better able to see our present,” Nazimova once said. Her only fear was being forgotten, and that’s exactly what happened. People have asked us, “How come I’ve never heard of her?” Nazimova challenged the world of her day, and her fame was snuffed out like a candle for that very reason. It’s time to tell her story.

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Yonder Window Theatre Company and Parity Productions are thrilled to announce that writer/performer Romy Nordlinger’s PLACES is among the selected performances for this year’s East to Edinburgh festival at 59E59 Theaters. Places will play 6 performances in July before traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland for the 2017 Fringe Festival where it will have 25 performances over the month of August (4th - 27th). 

To purchase tickets to PLACES, go to http://bit.ly/2rfvlRG or placestheplay.com 

PLACES is a co-production between Yonder Window Theatre Company and Parity Productions and is made possible in part by the support of Jack Sharkey. Katie McHugh is the dramaturg and director, Nick T. Moore is the composer and sound designer. Adam Burns is the creative force behind the show’s graphic and video elements. PLACES’ production is managed by Tamara Geisler and assistant directed by Jason Beckmann.

Yonder Window Theatre Company is a New York-based theater company focused on platforms for cultural conversations and exchange. Committed to connecting with artists around the world, each production is inspired by a specific culture. Stories are explored through workshops and laboratories, where artists can begin to experiment with their talents and ideas.

Parity Productions is a theatre company with a dual mission to create new work while ensuring that all its productions are comprised of at least 50% women and transgender directors, designers, and playwrights. The company has several lauded advocacy platforms specifically aimed at creating more opportunities for women and transgender artists. Upcoming productions: Teresa Lotz's She Calls Me Firefly and Gregory Murphy’s Household Words. www.parityproductions.org.

Civil Disobedience, helmed by Barry Church-Woods and Josef Church-Woods, is an international producing team and the on the ground producers of Places at Edinburgh. With a passion for ensuring that world class acts find their place in the UK market and internationally, Civil Disobedience brings the finest talent from around the world to global stages, arts, festivals, and events.

The Drama Desk Award-winning 59E59 Theaters are dedicated to bringing the best new work from around the country and across the world to premiere in New York. Their annual East to Edinburgh festival highlights North American companies and productions before they make the journey across the pond in the closest thing to Festival Fringe this side of the Atlantic.

PLACES will run at 59E59 Theaters Friday, July 21st at 8:30 pm; Saturday, July 22nd at 6:30 pm; Sunday, July 23rd at 4:30 pm; Friday, July 28th at 8:30 pm; Saturday, July 29th at 8:30 pm; and Sunday, July 30th at 4:30 pm. 

To purchase tickets in New York for 59e59, go to http://bit.ly/2rfvlRG or placestheplay.com

To purchase tickets at in Scotland for Ed Fringe, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/places

The PLACES website – https://www.placestheplay.com 

Yonder Window Theatre Company – http://yonderwindow.co/ 

Parity Productions – https://www.parityproductions.org/  

59E59 – http://www.59e59.org/  

Civil Disobedience Productions – https://wearecivildisobedience.com/   

The Alla Nazimova Society – http://www.allanazimova.com/ 

For information on Martin Turnbull’s “Hollywood’s Garden of Allah” novels, please visit – https://martinturnbull.com/ 

Martin Turnbull's Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels
Martin Turnbull's Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels

ROMY NORDLINGER, PLAYWRIGHT, ACTRESS

Selected NYC Theatre: PLACES and Shetler Studio, “Shakespeare's Slave” at Clurman Theatre Row “Lancelot” at Judson Gym by Steven Fechter (The Woodsman), R Culture/I.R.T, “Stage Struck” (developed by The Society For The Preservation of Theatrical History developed by Mari Lyn Henry and performed with New Perspectives (Melody Brooks), Metropolitan Playhouse, Players Theatre, Snapple Theatre, “January” (Reading) with Multi Stages,"Woman On The Bridge" dir. Ludovica Villar Hauser. Regional Theatre credits include: Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma Theatre, Fleetwood Stage, Emelin. Playwrightng credits include “Lipshtick” New York International Fringe, “Broadville” at  MITF,  "The Feeling Part" with LoNYLa & Playwrights Collective, published by Performer Stuff. In pre production for feature film "Lancelot" by Steven Fechter. Recent film "A Separation”, "WOMG" and Ruthless Spectator  (web series). “Edna Hoffman (Voice Role) in “Florence” directed by Stephen Frears, “Officer Talbor” in Law and Order, Gothams, One life To live. Romy is also a Theatre teaching artist and works with underserved communities throughout NYC. Member League of Professional Theatre Women, Resonance, Playwrights Gallery, NY Madness. Audiobok Narrator of over 200 titles. www.romynordlinger.com 

KATIE MCHUGH, DIRECTOR + DRAMATURG

Katie is a New York based director, teacher and producer of theatre with an MFA in directing from The New School for Drama. She is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company, Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory at the Actors Movement Studio, and Artistic Director of Yonder Window Theatre Company. Katie is an award-winning director who specializes in devised and experimental theatre. Selected New York Theatre credits: Medea, New School for Drama; The List by Jennifer Tremblay, NY Fringe 2012 (Winner of Overall Excellence in a Solo Performance). Mexico: Waiting for Goddreau preceded by Shut up Kathleen by Sebastian David; The Dream Project at MuV arte. Katie is a five-time director for the Writopia World Wide Plays Festival sponsored by David Letterman, as well as a regular guest director with the NYU dramatic writing program. She also runs a program for young actors focused on auditioning for college called the Audition Prep Intensive and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. www.auditionprepintensive.com   www.yonderwindow.co 

NICK T MOORE - COMPOSER + SOUND DESIGNER

Nick is a 7 time award nominated theatre and film composer and sound designer, with almost 20 years experience creating magic for audiences in NYC. His work includes, Upcoming: Places - 59E59/Edinburgh Fringe - Civil Disobedience/Yonder Window; Off-Broadway: The Drawer Boy (IT nominee, sound) - SoHo Playhouse/Oberon Theater Ensemble; Expatriate - Culture Project; Summer Shorts 14’-16’ - 59E59 & Throughline Artists; Crazy for the Dog - Jean Cocteau Rep., Defenses of Prague - La Mama; Embraceable Me - (NY) RReiner Productions/(NC) Blumenthal PAC, Broke Wide Open - Samah Productions, Off-off-b-way: 18 Resonance Ensemble, including 23 Knives (IT nominee, sound/music); 7 Oberon Theater Ensemble including Keep on Truckin’ It’s War (MITF nominee sound), The Woodsman; Peace (IT nominee, best musical) - MCTC; Monster Literature 1-5 – Brooklyn Lyceum; Film: Being Reel, (Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s winner), The 7 Men of Hanukkah, Sharon Cooper –8 festival Selection including NYC Indie/Big Apple/Queens World, The Ticket Seller, Laura Archer - NFNY/DAMNFest/WAMMFest/Powfest; Dance: Illuminate – Equilateral, Out of Water - Turner Project; Member: Dramatists Guild; Roundabout Theater Company: Master Teaching Artist. www.nicktmoore.com

ADAM BURNS, VIDEO DESIGNER

Adam has creating video stage design for Sex + Sealing Wax at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Broadville at Manhattan Theatre Source, and Lipstick at the New York International Fringe Festival. Adam is also a novelist, screenwriter and artist. He has shown his pop art photomontages internationally, and is currently writing his third novel, a dystopian sci-fi about humanity's critical need to evolve toward empathy. PLACES is a very exciting opportunity to delve into Adam’s love of silent movies and Expressionistic set design, along with a genuine awe of the courageous, complicated outsider, Alla Nazimova. www.absurdman.xyz

TAMARA GEISLER, PRODUCTION MANAGER

Tamara is an Actor, Producer, Teaching Artist and Associate Director of Yonder Window Theatre Company and Audition Prep Intensive. Born in Mexico City, Tamara is a bilingual actress, who has spent much of her time performing and producing Shakespeare, Experimental Theater and Children’s Theater. Recent Theater credits include: The Dream Project (Mexico), Digna (Planet Connections), Enemy (Mexico, directed by two-time Emmy winner, Dorothy Lyman), An Accident in the Park (Gallery Players), World Wide Plays Festival (Theater Row), Pillowman (Columbia University), A Midsummer Nights Dream (London). Education: Barnard College, BADA/London. For more information you can visit tamarageisler.com

JASON BECKMANN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Jason just graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre Arts. He is excited to join the Yonder Windows Theatre Company family. He will be assistant directing on Places for the New York premiere as well as in Edinburgh. He is also a member of the new Next Generation program in the Scandinavian Theatre Company. For more information visit his website: jasontbeckmann.com

DAVID WAYNE FOX, PHOTOGRAPHER

In addition to photography, David wears many other hats, including that of optician (“helping people see things my way”). He is the composer for the 2010 Off-Off-Broadway production of Rhoda Heartbreak starring “Drag Race” alum Mimi Imfurst. In the acting world, he played a snarky blogger in the indie feature Invisible Ink (2015) and can be seen in numerous other movies and TV shows. He also paints in acrylics, specializing in portraits, pet portraits and landscapes. Many thanks to Romy and Adam for the opportunity of helping to tell Nazzy's amazing tale!

Risks and challenges

Bringing PLACES to 59E59 and then for a month long run at Edinburgh Fringe is a costly and challenging . Our financial needs include; a place to live while we're in Edinburgh (for the team), airfare to get us there, props, costumes, press, postcards, video projectors, posters and finally, food to survive on. NO amount is too small to help us on this exciting journey. The world needs to hear Alla Nazimova's story - and we need your help. THANK YOU! We are first and foremost ARTISTS, but in order to do the art we feel passionate about, we must find the funds to support our journey. Not only does an international production cost a small fortune with airfare, accommodations, food, advertising, marketing, printing, and theatre rental, we also have to pay for the production itself, i.e. props, costumes, set, and design.

We are asking for your help with all of these things because no matter how much we want to say, “ticket sales will save us” we know that we just can’t count on this to monetarily support our production. Our challenges are all related to funding. Every single day we get closer to our dream, and every single day we have a new patron join our team and support our dream. Thank you!!!

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