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The 1920s was the time of flappers, flamboyance, and the face of Alla Nazimova.

The evocative black and white video and sweeping, original score envelop the performer in a live silent film - a hybrid of film and theatre. The immersive landscape illuminates her journey from turn of the century Yalta to New York and Hollywood in the 1920s. Nazimova returns from her grave. Her uncompromising voice speaks to where we have been, how far we have come, and what we need to hold on to as we work for progress.

Garden of Alla (formerly PLACES) is a critically acclaimed multimedia solo show telling the story of the greatest star you have never heard of: Alla Nazimova, the forgotten trailblazing iconoclast. A Jewish Crimean immigrant fleeing pogroms, persecution, and censorship in Tsarist Russia, she became a Broadway legend, the highest-paid silent movie star in Tinseltown, and the first female director/producer/writer in Hollywood. Unapologetic about her bisexuality, she coined the infamous "sewing circle", proclaiming her strength when women were relegated to silence. She defied the moral and artistic codes of her time that eventually forced her into obscurity, “silenced under the smoldering rubble of forgotten history.”
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Romy is an NYC-based actor, playwright, producer, and audiobook narrator. Television appearances include Guest and Co-Starring roles on MANIFEST (NBC), Bull (CBS), FBI (CBS) Law & Order (Officer Talbor) & numerous independent features including the award-winning ‘Downrange’ and the soon-to-be-released The Good Egg as ‘Agent Farrow’.

Romy recently performed her original solo show GARDEN OF ALLA about silent screen star Alla Nazimova, to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim at The Cutting Room, The Kennedy Center, Players Club, Dixon Place, 59E59, the Edinburgh Fringe.

Some Off-Broadway credits include Ginger in Lancelot by Steven Fechter (The Woodsman) in which she’s in pre-production for the Lancelot feature film, Shakespeare's Slave at the Clurman, and Caligula at The Kirk Theatre Row. Regionally she's performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Wilma, & Shubert amongst many others.

Romy voiced the role of Edna Hoffman in Florence Foster Jenkins directed by Stephen Frears and starring Meryl Streep, and many diverse roles, from grandma to geisha in China's highest-grossing international blockbuster Monster Hunt, by the creators of Shrek.

Some playwriting credits include Blindsided, Amazing Grace, Lipshtick & The Feeling Part. She has narrated over 350 audiobooks.

Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women In Film & Television, Dramatists Guild.
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"Romy Nordlinger is brilliant in the role of Alla Nazimova. A beautifully
honest portrayal of a talented woman who was a true trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community. This is a show that will touch the hearts and minds of viewers. An outstanding production."
– Marina Kennedy, Broadway World

"This enlightening production’s currency is chilling. It is a superb, striking must-see. Nordlinger portrays Nazimova, with stylized grace and aplomb... Places is a clarion call for us never to give up, despite injustices which threaten to destroy men and women alike". - Carole Di Tosti, Theater Pizzazz

"A superb, striking must-see, for its stellar acting, writing, and production values". – Theatre Scene

“Every so often the stars align. In this case, these stars are Romy Nordlinger and Alla Nazimova. Channeling the spirit and sensuality of an artist to whom attention must be paid. Romy Nordlinger gives us a tiny window into the complicated and tenacious woman of the theater.”– Alexander Dinelaris (Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Birdman)