Marlene, is a new solo play about the legendary actress, performer–-and patriot-–Marlene Dietrich, starring Cindy Marinangel, directed by Judith Rose and written by Willard Manus. The show will have its world premiere at “Winterfest 2018,” taking place at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th St., between ninth and tenth avenues. Marlene will be performed on Feb. 19 at 6.15 pm; Feb. 21 at 9 pm; and Feb. 25 at 3.30 pm
Marlene takes place in May 1960, when Dietrich returned to a German stage for the first time since fleeing the Hitler regime in 1939. The play takes place in Dietrich’s dressing room at Berlin’s Tatiana Palast Theater, where she is trying to decide whether to go through with the recital. Threats have been made on her life by Nazi sympathizers who still resent her for having spent much of WW II entertaining American soldiers on the front lines. To them she is a turncoat, a traitor, and deserves to be shot. Marlene tells the true story of what many do not know.
Cindy Marinangel has been playing divas since kindergarten. A Chicago Second City Conservatory graduate and a lifetime member of Actors Studio, she has starred in films opposite Fred Durst and Tim Bagley, and played leading roles in numerous independent films. She can be heard narrating E! Entertainment’s special, “Beyonce Uncut,” and as two characters in the rock video game “Brutal Legend” with Jack Black and Ozzy Osbourne. She appeared in a previous play by Willard Manus, Berlin Cowboys. She appeared as n Chicago’s long-running show “Tony & Tina’s Wedding”. Initially cast in the most basic of roles, her caustic wit and Second City training caught the attention of producers and led to her playing Tina. She later reprised her roles both in Las Vegas and in the Tony & Tina’s Off-Broadway tour. Several other shows followed, garnishing excellent reviews. In Hollywood she starred opposite Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst and Tim Bagley. She has had leading roles in both short and full-length features that have run the festival circuits. She was honored to portray Princess Di in Lee Major’s “Forbidden Secrets”, and has landed leading roles in several pilots. A natural dancer and choreographer, she has utilized her talents in several music videos as well.
As a great lover of action, Cindy is an accomplished snow and water skier, is a hard-hitting, left-handed first basewoman for her softball team and does everything from salsa and tango to belly dancing for fun.
Cindy’s husky voice has been utilized for numerous voice-over spots. Her adeptness for both comedy and drama has ensured her casting versatility, and her enthusiasm for “The Biz” is contagious. Cindy intends to be acting when she’s eighty!
Recently Cindy starred in the independent film Eternal Waltz, she helped produce with her company Angel Baker Productions. They had their World Premiere screening at The Culver City Film Festival where it won Best Acting Ensemble- Short.
She is a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA.
Willard Manus is a playwright, journalist and novelist. Among his most recent plays are Joe and Marilyn: A Love Story; Frank and Ava (now a motion picture); and Who Killed Comrade Rabbit? His best-known novel is Mott The Hoople, the book from which the British rock band took its name.
Judith Rose is a member of Actors Equity, The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the Playwrights/Directors Unit of Actors Studio. She recently directed When One is Gone with Ed Asner and Estelle Harris, and Betty Garrett and Tess Harper in Wendy and Me.