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ABOUT DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN
It's 1992. Marlene Dietrich is dead. She returns to tell the story of her life. From Berlin to Hollywood, from Hollywood to the WWII war front from the WWII war front to around the world. A one-woman show with music that tells us about a timeless struggle for acceptance. A timely story of a woman's power. The mystery. The history. An enduring icon of feminine strength back in the spotlight for a new generation. Gender fluidity. Female empowerment. Standing up to bullies. She wore the pants. She called the shots. In a world where men in power are toppling, it's good to remember a woman who was always on top. If she were around today, the Hollywood men's club might have toppled sooner. Dietrich. A legend.
ABOUT THE STAR
It's 1993. Justyna Kostek is born in Opoczno, Poland, five hours away from Berlin. Very quickly theatre becomes her passion. She follows it to Copenhagen, Denmark where she studies in Commedia and Drama School and founds her own traveling theatre company (Atelier Teatral), directing and acting in plays that are performed in festivals across Europe. While studying in Denmark she creates an experimental theatre piece about a Wagner piano, which makes her fall in love with connecting music and theatre. She follows that love to New York City, the city of musicals. Since she arrived in NYC she has established a theatre company Just More Theatre Inc.; directed and starred in the musical comedy Helen of Troy, NY; starred and directed in Women of History Fashion Show; played a lead in the musical comedy, Bound to Rise and Charlotta in the musical comedy Mr. Chekhov & Mr. Porter, both at Medicine Show Theatre and performed multiple roles in comedy musical The Cheating Flea with the Polish Theatre Institute for kids throughout NY, NJ, PA & CT. Justyna also teaches theatre and public speaking to children in Waldo School, Jersey City.
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WHAT REVIEWERS SAY
"Dietrich Rides Again has writing that is intelligent, evocative, sharply funny and respectful of a life that combined glamour, European sophistication and unshakeable political conviction and bears comparison with John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons, now on Broadway, because both plays are teaching us about forgotten values and history.
— Times Union
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Justyna has a lot of experience acting in experimental theatre since she was 7 years old! She had her own theatre company established in Denmark that she performed with all over Europe (Atelier Teatral). Since she arrived in NYC she has established a theatre company Just More Theatre Inc.; directed and starred in the musical comedy Helen of Troy, NY; starred and directed in Women of History Fashion Show, played a lead in the musical comedy, Bound to Rise, at Medicine Show Theatre and performed multiple roles in The Cheating Flea with the Polish Theatre Institute for kids throughout NY, NJ, PA & CT.
Co-writer & Performer
Nevada is a musical theater composer and lyricist, as well as a professional music director, arranger, and pianist. He has worked with such artistic luminaries as Elvis Costello, Steven Pasquale, Jennifer Nettles, Patrick Wilson, Nancy Opel, Nancy Anderson, Chilina Kennedy, and Tony Roberts, and has served in various capacities at the Public Theater, Theater for the New City, and NY Theatre Barn. His musical skit, Wiener Wonka’s Hot Dog Factory, was recently presented as part of the Boo! Short Play Festival at the Players Theatre.
Alex is a New York City based multiple award-winning lighting designer fluent in all theatrical disciplines whose work encompasses B'Way, Off B'Way, Off Off B'Way and internationally. Alex’s lighting for The Negro Ensemble Company Inc. includes Rosalee Pritchard, The Perry’s Mission and Day of Absence (Theatre 80 St. Marks) and The Emerging Playwrights Competition (La MaMa). Previous lighting designs include: Forbidden Colors (La MaMa), and PacoPena’s FLAMENCURA North American Tour (US, Canada), also; the multi award-winning musical drama Temple Of The Souls, Fried Chicken and Latkes featuring Rain Pryor, the multi award-winning production of Tango Fever featuring Esteban Domenichni. Other work includes the Greenwich Theatre UK on tour production of Pakita, the motion picture Frances Ha. Alex is head of Alex Moore Lighting and is excited to participate in this production of DIETRICH RIDES AGAIN with Justyna and the talented team assembled.
Lighting Designer & Stage Manager
Derek has a BFA in Theater from California Institute of the Arts with an emphasis on costume. He now resides in New York, and has a work studio on 39th Street in the heart of the garment district. The costume designer for White Horse Theater Company, Derek's credits include Night Mother, Eyes for Consuela, A Perfect Analysis Given by A Parrot by Tennessee Williams, and You Are Perfect a new play that just came back from Toronto ’s Fringe Festival.
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Oliver is a NYC based director, playwright and an actor with Broadway and Hollywood credits, whose playlet Sup Bro, Where You At was performed at Dixon Place in October of 2016. He serves as a dramaturgical consultant and is on the board of directors for Medicine Show Theatre and has worked with a variety of other companies in the non-commercial theatre scene in New York including Queen Shakespeare, Nicu's Spoon, Judith Shakespeare and Frog and Peach. As a youngster, he was introduced to Greta Garbo by Salka Viertel and has always felt somehow connected to the extraordinary congregation of talent in the emigre community in Hollywood.
Co-writer & Director
Madeline has performed as a dancer, singer and actor on stages across the USA, Europe, Japan the Middle East and in films and TV and spent 3 years as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Her Choreography/Musical Staging credits include The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (WorkShop Theatre) five plays/musicals for The Medicine Show Theater, Love! Valour! Compassion! (at American Academy of Dramatic Arts), as well as: On the Verge, Dancing at Lughnasa, ART, and the NYU Practicum (at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute). She is the creator of Jaye Actors Movement: Bridging the Gap, a movement program designed to incite fluency between dance, singing and acting training. With Ron Navarre, she is a co-creator of Actors LaunchTM an audition/career prep workshop for actors.
Choreographer & Movement Consultant
Howard is a New York-born composer and sound designer. Recent credits include the Off-Broadway musical, Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses, the Drama Desk Award-nominated Threepenny Opera, music and sound design for the anti-war play, Sanctuary, Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory, All Gone Westand the feature film, Transatlantic Coffee, awarded Best Sound Design in the LA International Film Festival. His musical compositions include the multimedia opera, The Whitechapel Whirlwind, based on the life of world champion boxer, Jack “Kid” Berg, and Vagvisa För Mitt Ofödda Barn, a collaboration with Swedish poet, Elsa Grave, and have been performed and broadcast internationally. His themes for the Texas Parks & Wildlife TV Series have received Emmy and Telly Awards, and he has also written music for the award-winning Might & Magic computer game.
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