Luciole International Theatre presents The Real Mother of Marilyn Monroe
Staging the story of one of the most iconic figures and myths of the 20th century, a few days before her death in the summer 1962, this brilliant psychological thriller gives voice to the cathartic confrontation between Marilyn Monroe and her aging mother Gladys Baker in a life-or-death scenario.
As secrets are revealed and the characters transform, Marilyn's public identity gives way to an identity crisis of “misfit” vs.“superstar” that resonates deeply with today’s contemporary media- driven culture and many of our fears as a society. The play often touches on important social issues and women's sexuality, even if it means damaging the already fractured relationship between mother and daughter. It is then that we begin to wonder, though things are not always what they appear to be, who was the real mother of Marilyn Monroe?
The production is made possible in part by the City of Houston’s Initiative Grant.