2015 Submissions NOW OPEN

The 6th annual United Solo Festival invites local and international artists to submit their shows to the world’s largest solo theatre festival. World premieres and already-produced shows are equally welcome. Submitted proposals may represent storytelling, improv, dance, musical, puppetry, multimedia, stand-up, magic, tragedy, comedy, and other forms of solo performance. Selected shows will be presented between September 17 and November 22, 2015 at Theatre Row in New York City.

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The 2014 United Solo AWARDS Have Been Announced

The world’s largest solo theatre festival concluded its season with an awards ceremony held on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City. It was the Closing Gala for a ten-week season of solo theatre and the fifth anniversary of the festival, a resident company at Theatre Row.
Billy Crystal received this year’s United Solo Special Award for his autobiographical show presented on Broadway, and his outstanding achievements in the art of solo performance. “It made me a better actor, it made my discipline stronger, it made every night more of a challenge, because it was just me,” Crystal said about the show in his special message to the United Solo Artists. He added, “That’s the thrill of working solo.” Billy Crystal joins previous recipients of this award: Anna Deavere Smith, Patti LuPone, John Leguizamo, and Fiona Shaw.
In its longest season ever, the fifth annual United Solo Festival featured 97 SOLD-OUT shows among 130 productions. Performances from six continents were presented every night from September 18 through November 23, 2014 in a variety of categories. The press and industry frequently attended United Solo performances, including, among others, Danny Aiello, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, Scott Takeda, and Marlo Thomas.
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The World’s Largest Solo Theatre Festival Begins Its Anniversary Season

Theatre Row on New York’s famous 42nd Street is home to the world’s largest solo theatre festival, United Solo. Its fifth season takes place September 18 — November 23, 2014 and features over 130 productions from six continents in categories including drama, comedy, stand-up, mime, and many more. This year’s Festival has grown five times bigger than the inaugural season, and brings far more exciting variety. TICKETS for all shows in this year’s United Solo are available at the Theatre Row Box Office, 410 West 42nd Street, open seven days a week from noon until the last curtain. Online and phone sales are provided by Telecharge, www.telecharge.com and 212.239.6200. The Box Office will keep a waiting list for the sold-out shows, and some last-minute openings may be available. For the full Festival schedule, visit www.unitedsolo.org/us/ufest
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2014 United Solo Special Award Nominations

As the largest festival of solo theatre in the world, United Solo promotes and celebrates the form of one-person theatre in many ways. One of them is the Special Award, which recognizes artists acclaimed for their dedication to solo theatre. The nominees for the 2014 United Solo Special Award are Hannah Cabell in Grounded, Billy Crystal in 700 Sundays, Jim Dale in Just Jim Dale, Ruben Santiago-Hudson in How I Learned What I Learned, Kevin Spacey in Clarence Darrow, John Douglas Thompson in Satchmo at the Waldorf, and Michael Urie in Buyer and Cellar.
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This year, United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, celebrates its fifth anniversary season and its dynamic expansion in scope and popularity. Located at Theatre Row in the heart of the New York City theatre district on 42nd Street, the Festival has grown five times since its inaugural year; it began as a two-week event and will span over ten weeks in 2014. All shows will be presented between September 18 – November 23 at Theatre Row, NYC. TICKETS are available NOW through Telecharge (www.telecharge.com or 212‑239‑6200) and at the Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street, NYC).
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Fiona Shaw Opens The Second United Solo Europe

The world’s largest solo theatre festival based in New York will present its second European showcase May 27 – 31, 2014 at Teatr Syrena in Warsaw, Poland. United Solo Academy member, recipient of the Order of the British Empire and two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner Fiona Shaw will open this year’s United Solo Europe with her remarks on solo theatre. The performers participating in the European showcase come from Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, and USA. The program includes a show by five-time Grammy nominee LynnMarie Rink and one directed by Austin Pendleton, as well as a depiction of legendary Nina Simone, a solo version of “Hamlet,” and a magic piece about the discovery of an Alfred Hitchcock film. This overseas showcase in May precedes the major ten-week run of the fifth annual United Solo Festival from September 18 – November 23, 2014 at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City.

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