- Sun May 01, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Alton Mill presents Canadian theatre legend Nonnie Griffin in her one-woman show Marilyn - After. The play imagines Marilyn Monroe coming back to life 50 years after her death to tell us about her life, her loves and her untimely passing.
Nonnie Griffin, the 82 year old star of stage and screen, has been praised for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. The play was originally directed by Peggy Mahon. Griffin, who bears a striking resemblance to Monroe, brings her effortlessly to life in an afternoon of shocking truths, mitigated by touches of wit and humour, for which Monroe was famous. "Marilyn Monroe continues to fascinate people of all ages, even some fifty years after her death," says Griffin. "No other actress has held such a place in the affections of the public."
Apart from being a veteran of the stage, her voice over work includes Nelvana's Star Wars: Ewoks, playing Harmony Bear in 1986's The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation and Polite Panda in the Care Bears television episode, "The Long Lost Care Bears". Nonnie's voice appears in Wild Life, a film that was nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2012 Academy Awards. She has made guest appearances on several television series, including RoboCop: The Series and on the children's television series, Polka Dot Door. She also played Diana Barry in the first televised production of Anne of Green Gables in 1956.
Griffin recently performed the play on Theatre Row in New York City as part of the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival, winning Best International Show!
This show is a fundraiser for KAMI for Haiti, a charity founded by Michele and Kathleen Jobin. KAMI is a group that produces stoves and jetropha oil in the northern community Terrier-Rouge in Haiti, a region where very little is offered and where there are few NGOs to help these extremely poor people.
In addition, SHOWBIZ and Other Addictions, a book by Nonnie Griffin will be for sale ($20). In the form of her personal diary, this book is a remarkable detailed history of Canadian theatre told from Griffin's perspective as well as a moving true life story of an actress, her loves, disappointments, struggles, vibrancy and her inner life.
Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and are available at Booklore, First St. Orangeville or Ann Lay 519-940-3659. A limited supply of tickets for Marilyn-After are also available at Gallery Gemma at the Alton Mill.