• Name: United Solo Theatre Festival (first reference), United Solo Festival or United Solo
  • Dates: Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, November 24, 2019
  • 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 more than 1,000 productions from all over the world.
  • 2019 is the 10th anniversary
  • In the press: www.unitedsolo.org/us/uabout/umedia
  • Website: www.unitedsolo.org


Marcin Lipinski
(646) 820-2258
For Immediate Release
September 19, 2019
New York City

“The Best Of” United Solo’s First Decade, Award-Winning Shows Open the Festival’s 10th Season

• The world’s largest solo theatre festival opens on Sep. 19 and will run through Nov. 24, 2019.
• Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the festival features over 120 productions from six continents, with over 20 shows already sold out.
• Each night, the festival presents up to five different productions, including world premieres.
• The United Solo Special Award nominees have been announced.
• A special THE BEST OF category features award winners from previous years.
• Submission for United Solo 2020 are now open.
The wait is finally over for the 10th anniversary of United Solo. With its most ambitious lineup yet, United Solo will once again unite solo performers from six continents in the heart of New York’s theatre district. Over 120 productions will be presented at this year’s United Solo, the largest festival of its kind in the world, celebrating its first decade of taking solo theatre to new heights. With up to five performances each day until November 24 at Theatre Row, this year’s robust selection of one-person shows will attract thousands of theatregoers. Over 20 performances have sold out in advance, with more expected to follow. The festival will grant additional performance dates to its most popular productions. In addition to performances, United Solo also offers Master Classes with world-famous theatre creators and recognized experts, including acclaimed director Austin Pendleton, who will give his Master Class on October 8, with more Master Classes to follow.
The 2019 United Solo Special Award nominees have been announced. This award recognizes artists who made significant recent contributions to solo theatre. This year’s nominees are Michael C. Hall, Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Aasif Mandvi, Maggie Smith, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Colin Quinn. The winner will be announced at the United Solo Closing Gala on November 24, 2019 and will join the ranks of the award’s previous recipients: Anna Deavere Smith (2010), Patti LuPone (2011), John Leguizamo (2012), Fiona Shaw (2013), Billy Crystal (2014), James Lecesne (2015), Staceyann Chin & Cynthia Nixon (2016), Michael Moore (2017), and Renée Taylor (2018).
All participating shows will compete for various awards, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Production, as well as the Audience Award, presented in partnership with Backstage Magazine. Participating shows represent various forms of theatre, dance, and performance art at the newly-renovated Theatre Row, which has been home to United Solo since 2010. The festival is a resident company at the 42nd Street venue, where it has presented over 1,000 productions since the inaugural season in 2010.
In celebration of ten years of extraordinary solo theatre, United Solo is excited to bring back over 20 award-winning performers from previous seasons to take part in the special THE BEST OF category, presented during the first two weeks of the festival. THE BEST OF shows will include “Inheritance: A Litany” by Janis Brenner, professor at the Juilliard School and winner of the Best Production award at United Solo in 2018. Another featured show will be “All Over the Map” by Bill Bowers, world-renowned mime, student of Marcel Marceau, and recipient of the Best Production award at the inaugural United Solo Festival in 2010. Other returning award winners include Austin Pendleton, directing Anne Stockton in “I Won’t Be in on Monday,” and five-time Grammy nominee LynnMarie with “There’s an Accordion in My Closet.” To recognize and celebrate these incredible artists, a #BestOfSolo social media campaign will run on all @UnitedSolo accounts. #BestOfSolo will feature intimate introductions, exclusive interviews, and information about these shows on social media. Meanwhile, #UnitedSolo2019 will cover all aspects of this year’s milestone anniversary.
The festival features award-winning, internationally renowned performers, as well as emerging talents, and presents shows in a wide variety of categories, including drama, comedy, storytelling, musical theatre, dance, multimedia, stand-up comedy, magic, and performance art. Many are original world premieres, while others are adaptations of classic theatre and literature. A full schedule of shows is available online at www.unitedsolo.org/us/ufest.
“At the festival, you can speak any language you want — if not verbally, then through body language,“ said Dr. Omar Sangare, founder and artistic director of United Solo. “‘All the world’s a stage,’ and you can see this world here, at United Solo.”
Tickets for all shows at United Solo are available in person at the Theatre Row Box Office, located at 410 West 42nd Street in New York City, as well as through Telecharge phone sales at 212.239.6200 and online at www.telecharge.com. The festival expects many shows to sell out quickly, though sold-out shows may be granted additional performances.
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 marcinlipinski@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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Nominees of the 2019 United Solo Special Award Announced (September 12, 2019)
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United Solo Celebrates One Decade as the World’s Largest Solo Theatre Festival (May 16, 2019)
United Solo Accepts Submissions for its 10th Anniversary (January 18, 2019)
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United Solo Offers Master Classes with Anne Bogart, Marek Probosz, Janis Brenner, Allan Corduner (November 5, 2018)
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United Solo Hosts Master Class with Penny Cherns, Director of the MA in Classical Acting Program at LAMDA (August 8, 2018)
United Solo Hosts Master Class With Oscar-Winning Actress Olympia Dukakis (July 25, 2018)
United Solo Hosts Master Class with Renowned Broadway Press Agent Joshua Ellis (July 19, 2018)
Austin Pendleton Returns to United Solo to Give Master Class (July 2, 2018)
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Austin Pendleton Returns To Give His Master Class At United Solo (May 24, 2018)
United Solo Offers a New Master Class With Internationally Acclaimed Actor Allan Corduner, Currently Starring in “My Fair Lady” on Broadway (April 19, 2018)
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Michael Moore Among Artists Recognized At United Solo Festival Gala (November 20, 2017)
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United Solo Offers Master Classes with James Lecesne, Adam Wade, and Austin Pendleton (November 7, 2017)
United Solo Launches a New Series of Master Classes (September 18, 2017)
United Solo Announces Nominees for 2017 Special Award (September 6, 2017)
United Solo Concludes Its 7th Season in New York (November 21, 2016)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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