• Name: United Solo Theatre Festival (first reference), United Solo Festival or United Solo
  • Dates: Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • Location: a resident company of Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York City
  • About: Once again this year, United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, will present a selection of local and international productions including storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, improv, stand-up, magic, musical, and drama.Most performances introduce original works, and some are based on adaptations of classical literature. Since its inaugural year in 2010, United Solo featured nearly 1,000 productions from all over the world.
  • 2017 is the 8th anniversary
  • In the press: www.unitedsolo.org/us/uabout/umedia
  • Website: www.unitedsolo.org


Marcin Lipinski
Communications Representative
(617) 697-6888
For Immediate Release
September 13, 2017
New York City

United Solo Opens Its Eighth Season with Twenty-Five Sold-Out Shows

The world’s largest solo theatre festival will begin its eighth season at Theatre Row on Thursday, September 14, with a night of two shows, both of which are completely sold out. Other shows are selling briskly — interested theatergoers should act quickly to choose from a variety of solo pieces. As in previous years, the festival will present between two and five shows each night for the next ten weeks, adding up to 120 unique productions coming from six continents. The program includes a vast array of solo theatre, including dramas, comedies, adaptations of classics, and dance. Exceptional shows will be recognized by festival awards. Additionally, a special award will be presented to an artist outside of the festival for outstanding contributions to solo theatre. All winners will be announced at the United Solo Closing Gala on November 19, 2017.
The festival will feature newcomers and returning artists — the latter in a special ENCORE category, which includes the opening night performance of “All In Good Time” by Tulis McCall, an award winner and three-time United Solo participant. That night’s second show is by Joshua Ellis, a renowned Broadway publicist who will share behind-the-scenes stories about working with such legends as Carol Channing, Katharine Hepburn, Lena Horne, Ethel Merman, David Merrick, and Stephen Sondheim.
Other notable shows include Emmy winner Bill Oberst Jr. in “Ray Bradbury’s Pillar of Fire,” a sci-fi horror show about the last corpse on a future Earth, where superstition and burial are banned (Sept. 17). Christina Augello, artistic director of San Francisco’s Exit Theatre, will present her one-woman piece, “Denial Is A Wonderful Thing,” which covers sixty years in sixty minutes (Nov. 5). Jacob Storms offers “Tennessee Rising,” a bio play about Tennessee Williams, focusing on lesser‑known early chapters of the writer’s life (Oct. 14). “Trump Rally,” performed by Anna Rock, will feature documentary material from the 2016 election (also Oct. 14). “The Voice,” a version of Jean Cocteau’s “The Human Voice,” will be presented for a third consecutive season, this time featuring Russian actress Ella Nepomniashchaia (Oct. 31).
The festival may offer extensions by adding new performance dates by popular demand. Current top sellers include “Regeneration” by Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a solo performer and Harvard professor of psychiatry, who will be directed by Grace Kiley, a two-time United Solo award winner; and “‘A’ TRAIN” by Broadway veteran Anne Torsiglieri (“Top Girls,” “Parade,” “Blood Brothers,” “Miss Saigon”), directed by Risa Brainin, United Solo award winner for best direction in 2015, and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UCSB. Twenty-five performances have sold out prior to the festival’s opening night, and tickets are available for additional performances of those shows. “This is how we unite at United Solo,” says Omar Sangare, the artistic director of the festival. “We welcome cultures from around the globe, and witness how much the world has to offer. We leave behind what is divisive, and celebrate what bring us together: diverse voices in unique stories.”
Theatergoers can vote for their favorite shows to win the United Solo and Backstage Audience Award, presented in collaboration with the festival’s major partner, Backstage Magazine. United Solo is also proud of its continuing relationship with The Actors Fund. Throughout the season, audiences and artists will be encouraged to make donations to the Fund, which helps members of the performance community in periods of need and transition, including those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Tickets priced at $35 are available at the Theatre Row box office (410 West 42nd Street, open daily), over the phone at 212‑239‑6200, and online through Telecharge. Full schedule is available at www.unitedsolo.org/us/ufest.
Artists and companies interested in being presented by the festival in the future are welcome to submit an early application. Instructions can be found online at www.unitedsolo.org/submit
Related inquiries may be addressed to Marcin Lipinski at info@unitedsolo.org
For more info, HQ pictures, and Facts & Figures, please visit our Press Center at http://unitedsolo.org/us/upress



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United Solo Announces Nominees for 2016 Special Award (September 1, 2016)
United Solo Theatre Festival Presents Its Seventh Season at Theatre Row (August 18, 2016)
United Solo Celebrates Its Sixth Season, James Lecesne Accepts Special Award (November 22, 2015)
Ten Weeks of Solo Shows at Sixth Annual United Solo Festival, Opening Sept. 17 (September 15, 2015)
Nominees for United Solo Special Award Unveiled (September 1, 2015)
United Solo Accepts Submissions for 2015 Season (December 18, 2014)
United Solo Fifth Anniversary Concludes with Awards for Billy Crystal, Estelle Parsons, Richard A. Harris, Among Others (November 23, 2014)
United Solo Debuts Its Fifth Season in New York, Presents 130 Productions (September 16, 2014)
United Solo Names Nominees For Its Special Award (July 28, 2014)
In Its Fifth Year, United Solo Festival Extends Its Programming Five Times (May 20, 2014)
Solo Performers Invited To Submit Applications For The United Solo Festival On 42nd Street (January 6, 2014)
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United Solo Begins Its Fourth Season In New York City (September 25, 2013)
More Than One Hundred and Twenty Productions At The Fourth United Solo Festival (July 15, 2013)
United Solo Expands With New Presentation In Europe (May 28, 2013)
The 2013 Nominees For the United Solo Special Award Have Been Announced (April 16, 2013)
New United Solo Collection Published By Indie Theater Now (February 27, 2013)
New York-Based United Solo Festival Invites Submissions For Its New Season (February 19, 2013)
United Solo Awards Go To John Leguizamo, LynnMarie Rink, Ann Morrison, Among Others (November 19, 2012)
One Hundred Productions Set for the Third United Solo Theatre Festival (October 4, 2012)
In Its Third Year, United Solo Festival Presents One Hundred Productions (August 1, 2012)
United Solo Announced the 2012 Nominees (April 25, 2012)
The 3rd United Solo Theatre Festival Accepts Submissions (March 14, 2012)
United Solo Expands with Publications on Indie Theater Now (January 4, 2012)
Patti LuPone, Pedro Almodovar and Austin Pendleton Among Winners (November 21, 2011)
The Worldʼs Largest Solo Theatre Festival Begins (October 13, 2011)
Seventy-Seven Productions This Fall at United Solo Theatre Festival (August 23, 2011)
2011 United Solo Nominees Have Been Unveiled (April 12, 2011)
United Solo Opens Submissions for Solo Artists (March 1, 2011)
The Second Edition of United Solo Goes Twice As Long (January 18, 2011)
Christmas Gift for Everyone in Entertainment (December 14, 2010)
The 2010 United Solo Festival Awards have been announced (November 22, 2010)
Celebrities and Emerging Artists at the United Solo Festival (November 19, 2010)
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Marsha Mason and Many Awards at the United Solo Theatre Festival (November 5, 2010)
Marsha Mason at the 2010 United Solo Theatre Festival Closing Ceremony (November 1, 2010)
One Once Only (August 31, 2010)
United Solo Seeks Submissions for New Solo Performance Festival (May 17, 2010)