The Worldʼs Largest Solo Theatre Festival Begins

The Third Annual United Solo opens tonight at Theatre ROW in the heart of the New York City theatre district on 42nd Street. Through the following 6‑week period, the festival will offer 100 productions ranging from 2 up to 5 different shows per day. This broad assortment of shows targets the multicultural nature of the New York City population. 17 solo shows have been sold out before the opening night of the festival, and other popular shows will run out of tickets fast. 15 productions returning by popular demand, as well as those that received United Solo awards, will be presented in a special Encore category.

Featured solo artists represent 19 U. S. states and 14 countries. 51 one‑woman and 49 one‑man shows fall into numerous categories, ranging from drama, storytelling, puppetry, and multimedia shows to stand‑up, magic, improv, and dance. Recently, United Solo’s diverse collection of shows was introduced in the New York Times selections for The New Season.


All artists compete for various awards, such as: best in acting award, best show, best script, and the audience award. The recipients will be announced at the Closing Ceremony on November 18, 2012 at Theatre ROW. Awarded artists will be extended an invitation to join the United Solo Academy, a group of theatre creators dedicated to the genre of solo performance, including, among other members: Marsha Mason, Austin Pendleton, and Anna Deavere Smith. During the Ceremony, the festival board will be also honoring an outstanding solo performer with a special uAward. This year nominees are: Kathy Griffin, John Hurt, Hugh Jackman, and John Leguizamo.


Tickets are available at the Theatre ROW Box Office (410 West 42nd Street, NYC) and via Telecharge ( or 212‑239‑6200).


A full list of performers and more information on the Festival are available here.


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