Before Diana... Before Megan... there was
Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor
She won a King's heart in the 40-year romance known around the world as "The Love Story of the 20th Century". In December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated his throne for the twice-divorced American, Wallis Simpson. Despite being vilified by the Royal Family and branded as an "adventuress" and the "king's whore", she became an unlikely but potent global symbol of female empowerment and a worldwide social icon. But even with all that has been written about her, Wallis remained an enigma. Until now.
Written by Scott Edward Smith
Performed by Melissa Jobe
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Scott Edward Smith
Creator, Writer, Producer
Scott’s career began with production work on Broadway, National Tours, and Las Vegas. A former Story Editor for Dino DeLaurentis, Scott began his writing career with the 1987 television series, ‘21 Jumpstreet.’ His adapted play, ‘Buddies,’ premiered in Los Angeles. His one-woman play, "That Woman!" had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Scott created and produced the talk radio show Dr. G: Engaging Minds for KABC, and the spinoff TV version on BEOND.TV. He is Co-Author of the book, "Reel People: Finding Ourselves in the Movies".
Melissa Jobe is an actress, singer, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. Melissa originated the role of Wallis Simpson in the stage production of THAT WOMAN! at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Theatre: The Trials & Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife, Cinderella, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, The Music Man, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Show, 1776, How to Succeed in Business, Allegro, All the King’s Men. TV/Film: Jane the Virgin, DARK/Web, Forget-Me-Not, Real Heroes, Cowboy’s Girl, Pink and Green, The Wandmaker; Voice acting: CHINOOK, THAT WOMAN!, Presto Change-o. Melissa is also a producer and content creator with the talk-show, Dr. G: Engaging Minds.
Philip Wm. McKinley
Original Stage Director
Philip Wm. McKinley is an internationally acclaimed director of Broadway shows, theatrical spectacles, and regional productions. His credits include "The Boy from Oz (Broadway/starring High Jackman), "West Side Story" (Salzburg Music Festival 2016/tarring Cecilia Bartoli conductor Gustavo Dudamel), and "Mozart L'Opera Rock" (Tokyo/Nelke Productions). McKinley is presently developing the verbal-sparing dramedy THE GUEST with New York Times Best Selling Author Gregg Hurwitz; and with Pulitzer and Tony nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith a new biographical musical about the life of Ella Fitzgerald titled ELLA.
Howard Gluss, PhD
Producer - Original Stage Production
Dr. Howard Gluss is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Psy21522), and Founder of Daraknot Health: Addiction Coaching and Private In-Home Rehab Care. He is also an executive coach, speaker, author, psychotherapist and television talk show host. Dr. Gluss is the host of Dr. G: Engaging Minds streaming on BEOND.TV where he helps people struggling with addiction transform their lives. His upcoming podcast, a revival of his radio show Dr. G: Engaging Minds, will focus on sobriety, success and mental health. Dr. G is a popular speaker, giving talks about addiction, obesity and disease, and is also a moderator for health and
Producer - Original Stage Production
As President of DisneyToons, Sharon led the team over a 15 year period to multiple success. These include over $3 Billion in revenues for Walt Disney Pictures, 9 out of 10 top grossing DVD Exclusive Animated releases, several Emmys, an Academy Award nomination, and a Creative Achievement Award from Variety Magazine. Sharon has been active in the non-profit sector for many years, embracing her passion to give back.