The 2016 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced

The United Solo Closing Gala concluded the world’s largest solo theatre festival’s seventh season on November 20, 2016 at Theatre Row in New York City. During its ten-week run, the festival presented productions from twenty countries and six continents. The best shows in each category were recognized with awards at the Gala, and the winner of the United Solo Special Award was announced as well.
 

 
Staceyann Chin won the Special Award for her performance in “MotherStruck!” directed by Cynthia Nixon. The show has been praised for its outstanding staging and meaningful story performed with sensitivity, audacity, and wisdom. “The real world is the world you find inside of these stories that speak from the margins. So it is on us, it is incumbent on us, and our pens, and our mouths, and our bodies, whatever medium you choose to tell this story,” said Ms. Chin in her acceptance speech. “I wanted to express my joy and gratitude. We had such an amazing time working on it. It’s a piece that we’re so proud of and we’re just thrilled to pieces that you loved it, too,” said the director of “MotherStruck!” Cynthia Nixon. She added: “Solo theatre is uniquely difficult. When you see the show that really works, it makes you think, ‘Oh I could do that, I could tell my story,’ but it is deceptively difficult. A solo show requires a particular kind of confidence, because you are all alone out there.”
 

 
“One-person shows are often relatively small and intimate. However, looking at all the artists gathered here tonight at the Gala, I have the joyful impression of seeing the largest theatre cast in the city,” said Omar Sangare, founder and artistic director of United Solo. “This year we featured 120 solo artists, and in our seven-year history, we have presented almost 800 shows from all over the globe. This is how we build the community of solo artists and fulfill the mission of the world’s largest solo theatre festival.”
 
Each year, United Solo supports members of the performing arts community by fundraising for The Actors Fund. Joseph Benincasa, President and CEO of The Actors Fund, said, “On behalf of the 14,000 people we help every year, we send our thanks yet again to United Solo and the artists and audiences who gave so generously. Your donations are more important than ever and will go to help everyone in our creative community in times of need, crisis or transition.”
 

 
Artists who would like to participate in the United Solo Theatre Festival next year can already submit their applications. Detailed information is available at www.unitedsolo.org/submit
 
The full list of 2016 United Solo award winners includes:
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Join us at the Closing Gala!

As our 7th annual international festival comes to an end, United Solo invites you to join us at our Closing Gala, in celebration of all the solo performers who participated this year. At the Gala, we will announce all award winners, including the United Solo & Backstage Audience Award and the United Solo Special Award. The Gala will take place at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, on Sunday, November 20, between 7:30pm — 9:00pm. Tickets for the Gala are available at the Theatre Row Box Office, over the phone at 212.239.6200 and online through Telecharge.com – just click here. We hope to see you there!
 

 

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