A tour-de-force one-actor multimedia show, tells the story of Alla Nazimova, the rule-breaking, lesbian Broadway and Hollywood legend. From a Jewish immigrant fleeing Tsarist Russia to Hollywood’s first female director and producer, Nazimova was a trailblazer who wouldn’t be silenced. Nordlinger’s solo performance reimagines one of the most daring and censored artists of the 20th century who tells it like it was… and still is.
A constant video stream is projected behind and onto the performer throughout the play, becoming a part of her. This visual landscape of atmospheric textures echoes Nazimova's thoughts, layered with scratched celluloid, as if from a flickering silent movie projector. Evocative images inform moments of her life in Russia, New York and Hollywood, including her infamous Garden of Allah.
The sumptuous musical score by Nick T. Moore accompanies the play. It can be played live by a pianist/band or as audio cues.
Writer/performer Romy Nordlinger’s Places sold out all 6 NYC shows at 59E59 and played 25 critically acclaimed shows at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Huge thanks to Jack Sharkey!