Deborah Jean Templin toured in the Peter Stone / Maury Yeston Tony award winning musical Titanic, a new musical from 1998 to 2000 serving as swing performer covering the roles of seven women characters on the ship. It was during this period she became intrigued with the original music of the period and the lives of the women who survived. While performing in over 45 cities throughout the United States she began her site specific research at the homes of Titanic survivors and the nation's libraries.
Based on actual diaries, letters and interviews, Unsinkable Women brings to life nine famous figures including Madeline Astor (the beautiful teenage bride of John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest men in America) and Margaret Tobin Brown- the Unsinkable Molly" herself - whose account of the Titanic's final moments brings the evening to its dramatic climax. Characters who share their stories of tragedy and triumph include stewardess Violet Jessop (who tells of the friendships and loves of the below-decks serving crew) and Nora, an English music hall performer on her way to New York to appear in American vaudeville.
With musical underscoring and accompaniment on compact disc created by musical director C. Colby Sachs, choreography by Broadway veteran Ron Schwinn, nine sumptuous period costumes designed by Sara Jablon and direction by Nancy Robillard Unsinkable Women offers vivid portrayals, punctuated with period songs from vaudeville numbers to Victor Herbert's "Toyland". Drawing wigs, costume and props from an authentic 1912 wardrobe truck while on stage, Ms. Templin transforms herself, shifting from character to character in full view of the audience. Internationally acclaimed as a remarkable tour-de-force, Unsinkable Women has been called "the most affecting and truthful version of the Titanic story to day."
Full Production: 9 characters with intermission (90 minutes)
Student Performance: 7 characters (45 minutes with time for Q & A)
"Wonderfully theatrical and deeply moving...the most affecting version of the Titanic story I have seen."
"With this vibrant and engaging piece of intimate theatre, Deborah Jean Templin has captured a vital snapshot of social and musical history. Unsinkable Women reveals the ambition and tragedy of the Titanic in a way that no other vehicle has. It should not be missed!"
"Templin's accounts of their experiences on the night of the disaster and, just as interesting, what happened to them afterward, are tight and vivid."
"UNSINKABLE WOMEN was a huge success for us at the Walnut Street Theatre. Audiences loved the piece. Deborah Jean is an extraordinary artist, a sure winner."
"A strong script with authentic characters, rich in emotions of all kinds, challenging in thought. The performance is entertaining with touching music and brilliant costumes..Truly 'A Night to Remember."
"An accomplished New York actress....Fresh and innovative...Peppering the piece with cleverly observed characterizations, her territory was the world of human aspiration and survival, Templin's Titanic was a meticulously detailed visual display that rested lightly on delightful musical interludes which ranged from vaudeville to the light operatic.Using different accents, ingenious hair extensions and clever costume changes, she deftly brought her characters to life. Templin kept her head above water throughout and, delivered a mesmerizing stage show that proved to be a veritable tour- de force."
"UNSINKABLE WOMEN is a unique and powerful one-woman show headed by the versatile and gifted Deborah Jean Templin. Based on the lives of seven different women who were survivors of the sinking of the Titanic, the evening keeps you riveted and intrigued. Though definitely G rated, there is never a dull moment...excellent entertainment for any member of the family."
"She is an incredible actress and singer...I highly recommend her...She is terrific!"
"Bold brush strokes, Templin creates a masterpiece of artistry and talent on her journey from the Titanic and back."