'Dottie Hope' at Cherry Lane's Studio

Dottie Hope, written and performed by Laurie Sanderson, at the Cherry Lane Theatre's Studio for five performances only from the 8 - 11 Jun 2005.

Dottie Hope is Laurie Sanderson�s riveting true story of hope and survival in Hells Kitchen in the 1970�s and 80�s. Dottie Hope is the pen name Laurie adopts when she is 5 years old and writes letters to God asking for help and guidance in her tumultuous life. When her pool shark father, her hero, spirals down into an alcoholic and pill-popping haze it turns the family upside down, leaving a little girl few outlets for sanctuary. When she discovers the glamour of Studio 54 she is easily seduced into the chaos, befriending Andy Warhol and eventually becoming the first Fiorucci girl at 16 years old. She finally develops her own identity and builds confidence while cleansing herself from past demons�until it all suddenly comes back to her again.

Laurie Sanderson is a New York stage veteran who was featured in Burt Reynolds�s trilogy 'Hostage Hotel' where she played a hostage Burt rescues. She has performed at such venues as the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Greenwich St. Theatre, The Actors Studio, Irish Arts Center, Stella Adler Studios, and Playwrights Horizons to name a few. She is a graduate of NYU�s Tisch School of the Arts.

Dottie Hope is directed by Courtney Munch who has directed multiple productions by another solo performer Jonny McGovern, with shows at such venues as Caroline�s, PS 122, Surf Reality as well as 'Extreme Girl' by Barabara Blackburn at the Culture Project.

The rest of the artistic team includes sound by Bart Fassbinder and lighting by Ian Grunes.

Dottie Hope was developed with Wynn Handman in his professional acting class. It has also had readings at the Irish Arts Center and the Greenwich Street Theater.

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