Dejie's dream of being in a Broadway show came true when she was cast as Willie Winkle, a slightly autistic mining camp prostitute, in Paul Giovanni's 'Shot Thru the Heart.' However, this Nederlander Production closed on the road.
Her career continued away from Manhattan and on to the island of St. Croix. There Dejie held the distinction of being the only female 'Plaid' in Stuart Ross's then soon to be popular off-Broadway show 'Forever Plaid'. When Dejie, Gabriel Barre, Jonathan Long, and Ken Lunde returned to NYC and they performed 'Four Virgins on an Island' at Palsson's to an appreciative crowd.
Dejie found the crook of a piano in well-known Manhattan cabaret rooms such as Don't Tell Mama's and The Ballroom. As half of 'The New ABC's, a bop-art a cappella duo, she performed at The York Theatre, ABC NoRio, NY Cultural Center, The Living Room, B. Altman's, and on the Bob McGonagel radio show. At York Theater's AIDS Benefit, she was thrilled to perform along with Broadway composers and stars and just as thrilled to crash a few of their parties.
While searching for a videographer to turn Steven McCloskey's original New ABC's tunes into Videos, Dejie found Frank Elmore and his incredible 3-D machines. The two worked for many years on 'Japanese Fan', a song written by Atlantan Robert Strickland. Get out those glasses or peer through the magic viewer.
In front of a camera, you can find Dejie popping up periodically in Merchant/Ivory's 'Slaves of New York' and her shadow in Oliver Stone's 'Wall Street'. There were also commercials and voiceovers that have since faded from the airwaves. However, it was a thrill to hear Leonard Maltin mention her hands in 'Nite with a Lava Lite'.
misses and loves New York City and all her friends there.