Amanda Gottadolla (MANDI) has it all. The adopted daughter of multi-millionaire moguls, this
sassy New York socialite seems to live the perfect life. But things aren’t always what they seem.
Everyone has a story, and Mandi’s is quite an unusual one. Once upon a time, the fabulously rich (but childless) power couple Mr. and Mrs. Gottadolla adopted an African-American baby girl. But when media melee and racial backlash ensued, the overprotective parents resolved to shield their daughter at all costs. They removed all mirrors from the house except for one, and hired a beautiful blonde orphan named Ashley Sue to play Mandi’s “reflection.” Mandi grew up happy in her illusion of perfection--until she lost her mother and father in a tragic accident. Now it’s up to her boyfriend DANIEL and twin besties BEE-BEE and DEE-DEE to protect Mandi from the truth. Their well meaning deception continues without a hitch, until an unfortunate run-in with Moneydales employees STEPHEN Q. BURKOWSKI and MARGARITA. Act I concludes with the disgruntled duo concocting a plan to end Mandi’s ignorant bliss.
Act II takes place six months later, and much has transpired. Mandi, who’s always had Broadway aspirations, has written and produced her own off-off-off Broadway show, “$now White and the Seven Lil Gangstaz.” And who’s starring as the Fairest One of All? Mandi, of course! All goes well until Stephen and Margarita sabotage the production. In the guise of the Evil Stepmother, Stephen unveils a “Magic Mirror” (ironically, a real mirror) and confronts Mandi with her own reflection. Mandi, realizing that her whole life has been a lie, is devastated. After some soul searching--and a word of wisdom from Barack Obama himself--Mandi realizes that being African-American in no way diminishes who she is. She also makes an important confession; that on some subconscious level, she always knew she was Black--she just didn’t want to see it. Realizing that Black truly is Beautiful, Mandi is finally ready to embrace reality--for better or worse. Our story ends with Mandi forgiving everyone, including herself, while vowing to find her birth mother and become the woman she is destined to be.
“DISENCHANTED” is a fantastical tale with a very real message about learning to love yourself from the “outside-in.”
HOW IT CAME ABOUT
The creation of “DISENCHANTED” has been quite a journey for author Nikki M. Jenkins.
Originally titled “Denial! Time to Face the Musical,” Nikki first workshopped her piece in
April 2009 with the Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop. In July of the same year, it received
a stage reading at the Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre. Positive feedback prompted Ms.
Jenkins to submit her developing musical to Theater for the New City’s Scratch Night Emerging
Playwrights’ Program. It was accepted and presented as a one night Equity Stage Reading in
September 2009. This led to a showcase at Theater for the New City, where it ran from April 15
- May 2, 2010 and quickly became a top grossing production. In 2011 Ms. Jenkins became the
latest recipient of the Looking Glass Theatre Space Grant, where “Denial!” was presented for
8 nights as a concert revue. Upon the completion of that run, Nikki M. Jenkins and Aaron Pratt
teamed up to revisit, revamp, and resubmit this work to the 2011 Planet Connections Festivity
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