East Coast Premiere of Fifty Shades of Melania at the NY International Fringe Festival

October 3, 2019

NEW YORK – Chain Theatre and writer/producer Liana Mesaikou are thrilled to present the East Coast premiere of Fifty Shades of Melania, a deep-dive comedic take on the First Lady, exploring the stereotypes women exploit or fight to reverse and our complicity as the audience.

Written and performed by Mesaikou and directed by Chelsea Sutton, this one-woman show opens October 10 for three nights only, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue). After its successful world premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2019, Fifty Shades of Melania comes to New York in a revised version that hopes to be Fifty Shades Darker.

Victim or accomplice? Trapped or willing agent? Melania Trump is an enigma; her actions and words contradictory. As both the media and public speculate about the First Lady’s true emotions concerning her husband and the presidency, she maintains an air of mystery – perhaps on purpose.

Don’t miss your chance to discover the answers to such hard-hitting questions as: What is Melania’s favorite movie as a little girl growing up in Slovenia? Which are some of her favorite affirmations? Will she be able to turn FLYLF into a hashtag? Will we find out which character from GoT Melania identifies with? And, of course, does she really care about this country?

Liana Mesaikou (playwright/performer) is an LA-based Greek writer/actress. She has directed and acted in a number of theater productions in Athens (Greece) and London. She earned her Master’s in Text & Performance Studies at King’s College London & RADA, and has studied comedy at The Groundlings, Second City and iO West. She just completed her MFA in Screenwriting at UC Riverside. This is her first one-woman show.

Chelsea Sutton (director) is a fiction writer, playwright, screenwriter and director. Directing credits include the world premieres of Low Tech by Jeff Folschinsky, 99 Impossible Things (writer/director), The X-Mas Cabaret (writer/director), Traveling Carnival Freakshow (writer/director), Modern Love by Anthony Mora, Sally Spector the Musical by David Johnson (Hurricane Season Festival), The Bad Habit by Constance Humphrey Egan (Hurricane Season Festival), The Theory of Silence (co-writer/director). Her assistant director credits include Preposterous and Turkey Day at the Eclectic Company Theatre (dir. Taylor Ashbrook) and Bunny Bunny at the Falcon Theatre (dir. Dimitri Toscas). For more on Chelsea’s work, please visit: https://www.chelseasutton.com/

Fifty Shades of Melania runs October 10 and 11, 6:30 pm, and October 12, 5 pm, at the Chain Studio Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, in Manhattan.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite, search Fifty Shades of Melania or https://fiftyshadesofmelania.com/.


NEW YORK – Greek-French vocalist George Perris has released a charming Christmas album, titled ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.


Teen Girls are Being Victimized by Deepfake Nudes. One Family is Pushing for More Protections

A mother and her 14-year-old daughter are advocating for better protections for victims after AI-generated nude images of the teen and other female classmates were circulated at a high school in New Jersey.

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's military on Sunday ordered more areas in and around Gaza's second-largest city of Khan Younis to evacuate, as it shifted its offensive to the southern half of the territory where it says many Hamas leaders are hiding.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are voting in a referendum Sunday to supposedly decide the future of a large swath of neighboring Guyana that their government claims ownership of, arguing the territory was stolen when a north-south border was drawn more than a century ago.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Saturday attempted to turn the tables on his likely rival in November, President Joe Biden, arguing that the man whose election victory Trump tried to overturn is “the destroyer of American democracy.

NANTES, France (AP) — A supporter from Nantes died on Saturday following a fight that took place before the club's 1-0 win over Nice in the latest outbreak of violence to mar French soccer this season.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.