This was the first video project I made upon purchasing a digital video camera. I went to the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan and filmed my trip. I tried to edit it as if we are seeing the evolution of the Universe all the way up to the advent of mankind.
It's sort of amateurish I guess, but I got some cool shots. This video is what got me into learning about editing software, and spurred me to create a youtube channel etc to share the work I've done. Well, enjoy!
Written and Directed by Erik Zambrano. Lights and Costumes by Erik Zambrano and Lise Bachwitz. Music by Bleeding Cactus.
A Noh and Butoh inspired exploration of the dream world within relationships, Marilyn Monroe: wouldn’t it be fascinating, using sound and video integrated with live performance, follows baseball great, Joe DiMaggio, and glamorous movie star, Marilyn Monroe as they fall out of love and begin to chase their own dream-lovers while on honeymoon in Tokyo.
Watch a Scene
Excerpt from Play - Scene VII
TV studio, Marilyn and a Japanese TV host are sitting in chairs about to go on air. Joe is watching the TV from his room in the hotel.
(in Japanese. Marilyn only understands key words)
Ladies and Gentlemen it is my deep honor in presenting my next guest, Marilyn Monroe, wife of Yankee Clipper!
Hello. It’s good to be here in Japan.
We are honored to have you Mrs. DiMaggio. Or is it Ms. Monroe?
Joe is my husband, yes. I married him. Or maybe he married me. Anyways we awoke this morning apart. And I spent the day alone in the lights of Shinjuku. I thought of my life and at that moment I felt trapped in a corner, and the next, and the next and the next…
I don’t understand what you are saying. But without a doubt your career is most assuredly unpredictable. Tell us, Ms. Monroe, have you taken a stroll through Tokyo’s wonderful gardens?
I don’t believe I understand what you are saying. But I believe myself to be in another place I had not been before. I feel myself thinking…terrible things.
Any special message for our studio audience and anyone out there…
who might be watching?
I try to swallow
I know I get lost sometimes…in the quiet…
The Phone attached to a bus stop . Marilyn gets up and answers.
Off-Off Broadway Review
Posted by Clifford Lee Johnson III | Posted Aug. 17, 2010, 6:12 p.m.
Writer-director Erik Zambrano's rumination on the cost of fame, the loss of identity, and the mystery of desire loses itself in a nontraditional style of presentation that never connects with the audience. Melding Noh and Butoh staging techniques with an array of computerized projections and sound effects, he depicts Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio falling in love with real and imagined lovers while honeymooning in Japan. The result is an insular, mechanical production that seems uninterested in drama or entertainment. Zambrano clearly has ideas and a poetic voice, but he confines himself to a coterie by limiting his work's accessibility.
The projections are frequently haunting, and the choreography generates a few ethereal moments. Brian Walters' manic Japanese TV host provides a welcome dash of humor and humanity. But at the end, when Marilyn literally unplugs the show with the words "Wouldn't it be fascinating," the only honest answer I can give is no.
Presented by Zambrano Tomorrow as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the New School for Drama Theatre, 151 Bank St., NYC. Aug. 14-26. Remaining performances: Wed., Aug. 18, 9:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.
This article originally appeared in Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/review/ny-theater/off-off-broadway/marilyn-monroe-wouldnt-it-be-fascinating/