Let us share with you the first time this exquisite gem came into our lives: A knock came to our dorm room door circa 1997 when our friend M (yes, that was really his name) asked us if we wanted to watch "a documentary about Jackie O's cousins." Being enormous fans of American Royalty (aka The Kennedys), we jumped at the chance. What we proceeded to screen was "Grey Gardens," the bizarre, wild, and captivating story of mother and daughter socialites (both named Edith Beale -- one was "Big Edie," the other "Little Edie") who had become recluses in their decaying East Hampton mansion after their money dried up. First released by famed documentarians the Maysles Brothers in 1975 (when the Beales' squalor made national headlines -- "Jackie O's relatives live in filth!"), the film quickly became a cult classic due to the enormously charming stars. The Edies screamed at each other, ate nothing but pate and corn, had about 90 cats, wore scarves on their heads and skirts upside down, screamed at each other constantly, sang and danced as if no one was watching, bragged about potentially marrying European royalty, and loved each other to bits.
Despite having a legacy of influencing designers and artists since the movie debuted, the ladies came back into the public consciousness recently when Broadway was taken by storm by the Tony-winning musical "Grey Gardens." Premium cable was rocked this spring by a fictionalized version on HBO starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, both of whom are Emmy-nominated for their outstanding work.
And now, on Monday, August 3rd, Grey Gardens lands at La Boulaie. In one of the more spectacular fantasy sequences ever transmitted across the airwaves, Blair (Kassie DePaiva) imagines a spinster future for her and Dorian (Robin Strasser), just like those of Big and Little Edie Beale. They wear the costumes, they deliver the lines, they sing the songs. People -- this is going to be amazing.