The 3rd annual UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL (ARCHIVES)

 

October 11 – November 18, 2012

 

Theatre ROW

410 West 42nd Street, New York City

 

 

The 3rd annual United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, concluded its season with a closing ceremony held on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City. Local and international performers, special guests, and festival team members gathered to celebrate the one hundred solo productions that were offered this fall. The awards were presented by Allan Corduner, a British actor internationally acclaimed for his role in the Oscar‑winning film “Topsy‑Turvy,” by Martin and Rochelle Denton, the founders of Indie Theater Now, and by several members of the United Solo Academy. More information can be found here.

 

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Neon Man and Me Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Slash ColemanNew York

Thu., Oct. 11 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, musical, storytelling of 30 characters

Join storyteller/author Slash Coleman as he brings to life his award-winning, nationally televised PBS Special with 30 characters who tell an expressive, touching and heart-warming story about best friends, following your heart, and a journey home. “Extremely provocative and entertaining” – NPR. “Good Off Beat Company” – The Washington Post. Viewed by over 77 million people nationwide to date! Director: Shanea N. Taylor. Choreographer: Becca Bernard. Photo by Claire Folger. Recommended for: ethnic community (Jewish). Links: artist, video, related, related2.

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Wrap Your Heart Around It

Wrap Your Heart Around It Sold Out 

Written and Performed by LynnMarie RinkTennessee

Thu., Oct. 11 at 9:00pm (running time: 70 min.) 

storytelling, music, multimedia

“Wrap Your Heart Around It” is an engaging one-woman show filled with poignancy and fun starring five-time Grammy nominee LynnMarie. You’ll be inspired and entertained through stories and songs, as LynnMarie reveals how growing up in an ethnic dysfunctional family, being the adult child of an alcoholic, a special needs parent and a fumbling, faith-searching woman all lead her on the road back to joy. Director: Diana Basmajian. Producer: Paul Miller (Emmy Award winner). Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, show, video.

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Naked Brazilian

Written and Performed by Gustavo PaceBrazil

Fri., Oct. 12 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

comedy, storytelling, improv, physical

Dad says, be a lawyer. I say, be a clown. What’s a boy to do? (Father doesn’t always know best). Struggling against his father’s wishes, a young man journeys from Rio to New York City to fulfill his own dreams to become a clown. Director: Lou Liberatore. Recommended for: teenagers, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: facebook, related.

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Medea’s Got Some Issues

Medea’s Got Some Issues Sold Out 

Performed by Ana AsensioSpain

Fri., Oct. 12 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

comedy

“Medea” reinvented as a laugh-out-laugh farce? Well, hell hath no funny like a woman scorned! More than 2,400 years after the premiere of her tragedy, Medea presents, without inhibition, the mitigating and sordid factors surrounding her infamous case: from the sexual haste of her husband to the misogynistic and xenophobic environment of Classical Corinth. Poetic justice was never this hilarious! Director: Benjamin H. Kamine. Playwright: Emilio Williams. Costume & Set Design: Geanme Marin. Photo by Daniel Seth Pagel. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Links: artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Moscow to Manhattan

Moscow to Manhattan

Written and Performed by Ilya KhodoshNew York

Fri., Oct. 12 at 9:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

storytelling

What awaits a young assimilated Russian-American man back in the motherland? Alcoholic bureaucrats and crooked KGB agents? Hordes of rabid anti-Semites? Absurd childhood memories and the tantalizing promise of self-knowledge? A comedy about facing your fears of where you came from… Best Performer, Dialogue ONE Theatre Festival 2007. Recommended for: adults, teenagers, theater community, ethnic community (Jewish and Russian/Eastern European), migration studies.

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Hebrew School Horror

Hebrew School Horror

Written and Performed by Aysha WaxCalifornia

Sat., Oct. 13 at 2:00pm (running time: 35 min.) 

comedy

After graduating college and moving back home Aysha cannot find a job. She knows Hebrew and plunges into the hilarious world of teaching Hebrew School. Aysha grapples with her own confusion about becoming an adult as she gets students ready for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. But these aren’t any kids; they are the most spoiled, rich, and rude brats in all of Los Angeles. Photo by Robyn Von Swank. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish). Links: artist, video.

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Rest In Pieces

Rest In Pieces, A Stand‑Up Tragedy

Performed by Ellen OrchidNew York

Sat., Oct. 13 at 4:30pm (running time: 30 min.) 

drama

Join us on a darkly comic journey through the New York City hospital system. A physician tries to get some medical care for her elderly father in the hospital where she works. Be prepared for laughter, tears, and free candy. Perhaps you’ve gone through this yourself with a loved one or know someone else who has… Ellen: Ellen L. Weinberg. Photo by R. Avedon. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Pizza Flowers

Pizza Flowers Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Shay RomanNew York

Sat., Oct. 13 at 6:00pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, comedy, movement, multimedia, music, audience interactive

An interactive comedy in five stages, about one girl’s journey to becoming “Woman” in 21st century America. Accompanied by an improvisational music score, and all the awkwardness of performing and selling oneself. A dark yet accessible satire about human commodification that’s funny where it hurts, and relevant to us all. Improvisational Score: Claire Liss. Photo by Bryan Norvelle. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, LGBT community, women, people who like women, people who are bored and/or frustrated with theatre and/or life. Link: artist.

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Father Joiner’s Purgative Poetry Project

Father Joiner’s Purgative Poetry Project

Written and Performed by Richard GrunnNew Jersey

Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy

Eccentric characters at a poetry reading are brought together by Father Joiner, group leader and poet laureate of magnetic refrigerator poetry. The group includes an outspoken deli owner who recently discovered the exciting world of similes, and a love-paralyzed accountant fearfully trying to profess his feelings to his secretary. Director: Page Clements. Photo by Dana Duke. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, poetry groups. Links: artist, show, video.

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My Ongoing Problems With Kindness

My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Zoe WeilMaine

Sat., Oct. 13 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) 

comedy, storytelling

Zoe Weil is a humane educator who’s determined to help people solve the world’s biggest problems. Because of her work, Zoe’s pretty much required to be perpetually good. Unfortunately, she’s got some challenges with kindness. Zoe knows that confession is good for the soul, so she thought it was time for MOGO Girl to get some things off her chest. Director: Jen Shepard. Photo by Edwin Barkdoll. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, changemakers, activists, vegetarians, environmentalists, anyone depressed about the state of the world. Link: artist.

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Nathan JamesPennsylvania

Sun., Oct. 14 at 2:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

drama, storytelling, movement, poetry, music, multimedia

“Bold, Controversial, Unapologetic.” Through spoken word poetry, monologue, and movement, GP takes a first-hand look at the mentalities and stereotypes of black males in Hip Hop culture. It masterfully taps into our humanity by examining the influence of media and upbringing over the way we view politics, beauty, each other, and most importantly ourselves. Director: Steve Broadnax. Audio Composer: Emmai Alaquiva. Photo by Vanessa German. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Finding Elizabeth Taylor

Finding Elizabeth Taylor

Written and Performed by Elizabeth Claire TaylorNew York

Sun., Oct. 14 at 4:00pm (running time: 90 min.) ENCORE*

drama, multimedia

Hi – I’m Elizabeth Taylor. Yes, it’s my real name and quite a lot to live up to – the eyes, the men, the booze, the diets, the diamonds, the hits and the flops. But don’t think I haven’t tried! A love letter to La Liz and me – two women obsessed with life and its finer points. Director: Cheryl King. Photo by Gary Weingarten. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, feminist groups, eating disorder awareness. Links: showrelatedrelated2.

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Cry of the Mountain

Cry of the Mountain

Conceived and Performed by Adelind HoranVirginia

Sun., Oct. 14 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, documentary

One performer, twelve characters, and a banjo. Verbatim stories about mountaintop removal, gathered from interviews conducted by the actor in the mountains of Appalachia. Coal miners, mining executives, artists, hillbillies, scholars, and activists reflect on the coal industry’s best-kept secret. “‘Cry of the Mountain’ balances entertainment with an environmentalist message thanks to a nuanced script and outstanding delivery.” – Georgetown Voice. (Best of the Capital Fringe 2011). Director: Ray Nedzel. Accompanied by Bud Branch. Photo by Jeremy Felson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, social/environmental activists. Links: artist, show, video, related, related2.

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Snakes I Have Known

Snakes I Have Known Bestseller 

Written and Performed by Molly MontgomeryTexas

Sun., Oct. 14 at 7:30pm (running time: 70 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

On her 16th birthday Molly finds herself snake-bit, buck-ass naked and alone outside her front door. There are all kinds of snakes in Molly’s life. Some of them are reptiles. Most of them come from Texas. This is the story of Molly’s journey from DFW to JFK, from schoolgirl to actress, from child to woman. Director: Jim Shankman. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Wing‑Man

Wing‑Man Bestseller 

Performed by Mark GindickNew York

Mon., Oct. 15 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) ENCORE*

comedy, dance, movement, multimedia, physical

Back by popular demand from last year’s United Solo Theatre Festival, Wing-Man restores faith in the “world wide web” of comic humanity in the hot pursuit of ideal romantic love. Without a single spoken word, physical comedian and clown Mark Gindick builds a romantic relationship with the audience and teaches us to say less and lust more. (Best One-Man Show, United Solo 2011). Photo by Florence Montmare. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, related.

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Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions, Part 2

Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions Bestseller 

Written and Performed by Suzanna GeraghtyIreland

Mon., Oct. 15 at 7:30pm (running time: 50 min.) ENCORE*

comedy, audience interactive

Audience Award winner 2011, Suzanna Geraghty, described as a Irish Lucille Ball and a “gifted physical comedienne” by NY Times and as “Exemplary” with “Exquisite dramatic talents” by Backstage returns to the United Solo Encore Group. Prized as a “cleverly written winning vehicle… sure to amuse industry insiders” by Backstage, ”Auditions Zoe’s Auditions” features Zoe, a backstage worker who dreams of landing an acting job. Her senile elderly agent sends her on an assortment of inappropriate auditions ranging from “Riverdance” to “Spiderman Turn Off the Dark” to being shot out of a cannon of a touring circus. A hilarious send-up of an actor’s life. Not to be missed. Book now! Movement Consultant: Andy Crook. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, actors, dancers, clown & variety performers. Links: artist, show, video, video2.

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EMERGENCY A La Carte

EMERGENCY A La Carte

Written and Performed by Nancy RedmanNew York

Mon., Oct. 15 at 9:00pm (running time: 70 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, improv

A comedian dies and finds that death is her toughest audience. (Best Comedian, United Solo 2011. Best Directing, United Solo 2010). Director: Austin Pendleton. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, related.

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The Bronx Queen

The Bronx Queen Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Tue., Oct. 16 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

comedy, improv, storytelling in the spirit of Spalding Gray

Anchors aweigh! Fresh from his recent success with “Garbo” at the Times Square International Theater Festival, actor/writer Joe Gulla (bait and) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, funny and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” shows why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks! Dramamine not included! Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, show, facebook, twitter, related.

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Dead Wrong

Dead Wrong

Written and Performed by Katherine GloverMinnesota

Tue., Oct. 16 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, storytelling

Years after a brutal assault, a young woman grapples with new evidence that suggests she may have sent the wrong man to prison. A solo drama inspired by actual events. “Simply riveting.” – Iris Winston, Capital Critics Circle. “Katherine Glover is phenomenal.” – Matthew Champ, Production Ottawa. “The most intense hour of this year’s Fringe.” – Kevin Reid, The Visitorium. Director: Nancy Donoval. Sound Designer: Theodore Sherman. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, show.

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TO CARRY ON… A Tribute to the Life & Music of Laura Nyro

TO CARRY ON… A Tribute to the Life & Music of Laura Nyro

Written and Performed by Mimi CohenNew York

Tue., Oct. 16 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) 

drama, musical

This one-woman tribute deconstructs the life and legacy of 1960’s icon Laura Nyro. The play explores the life insights Laura knew when she, at 16, composed the top ten hit “And When I Die.” Teenage girls seem to lose their voice but Mimi shows one girl who sang with abandon and never lost her own… Laura Nyro. Director: Gretchen Cryer. Music Direction & Songs Arranged by Jeffrey Klitz. Photo by Leo Sorel. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, Laura Nyro fans. Links: artist, show, facebook.

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Still Standing

Still Standing Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Anita HollanderNew York

Wed., Oct. 17 at 3:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, musical

A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes charts 16 “tools for survival,” by a one-legged performer who’s appeared at NY Shakespeare Festival, Carnegie Hall, & The White House, whom The New York Times called “provocative, funny, moving, communicative and beautifully polished… a wide rainbow of vocal colors with dramatic sensitivity, comic insights, and a charming presence that flavors everything she does.” ASL Interpretation: Rachel Hollander. Extra Inspiration by Holland Hamilton. Technical Assistance & Photo by Maurice J. Moran, Jr. Recommended for: Deaf & Disability Community. Links: artist, show, video.

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Lady Luck is a Whore

Lady Luck is a Whore

Written and Performed by Leanne LinskyIllinois

Wed., Oct. 17 at 7:30pm (running time: 55 min.) 

comedy

Leanne’s journey from Waukegan, Illinois to Vegas, baby! Doesn’t every woman want to move to Vegas, sell guns and get married a few times? It would be completely made up if it weren’t totally true. Director: Trish Vignola. Photo by Geoffrey Metz. Recommended for: adults. Links: artist, show.

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Blood on the Veil

Blood on the Veil

Written and Performed by Carol Tandava HenningNew York

Wed., Oct. 17 at 9:00pm (running time: 75 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, poetry, musical

Please join internationally acclaimed actor, writer and bellydancer Carol Tandava Henning in this poignant, compelling and wickedly funny show that explores feminine empowerment, body image and the transformative power of dance. In a whirlwind 75-minute monologue-in-movement, Henning traces her personal experience with bellydance, as well as the dance’s authentic cultural roots and positive effects on body and soul. Director: Jeffrey Fiske. Photo by Jerry Bezdikian. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, dancers, women’s groups, body image groups. Links: artist, show, video.

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Wrap Your Heart Around It

Wrap Your Heart Around It Sold Out 

Written and Performed by LynnMarie RinkTennessee

Thu., Oct. 18 at 7:30pm (running time: 70 min.) 

storytelling, music, multimedia

“Wrap Your Heart Around It” is an engaging one-woman show filled with poignancy and fun starring five-time Grammy nominee LynnMarie. You’ll be inspired and entertained through stories and songs, as LynnMarie reveals how growing up in an ethnic dysfunctional family, being the adult child of an alcoholic, a special needs parent and a fumbling, faith-searching woman all lead her on the road back to joy. Director: Diana Basmajian. Producer: Paul Miller (Emmy Award winner). Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, show, video.

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A Raven Good Time with Edgar Allan Poe

Written and Performed by Dixon GutierrezFlorida

Thu., Oct. 18 at 9:00pm (running time: 38 min.) 

drama, comedy

The Master of the Macabre returns! When Edgar Allan Poe is on the scene, murder, mystery, and merriment are never far behind. On a dark and stormy night, Poe’s memories and stories inexplicably come to life around him. Come join one of America’s most brilliant literary minds for a madcap evening of hilarity. Oh, and there are also puppets! Puppeteer: Maribel Martinez. Puppeteer/Delivery Man: Juan Madriz. Original Music by Luke Baldridge. Photo by Carlos Folgar. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community.

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Cancer Can’t Dance Like This

Cancer Can’t Dance Like This

Written and Performed by Daniel StolfiCanada

Fri., Oct. 19 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

Winner of the 2011 Canadian Comedy Award for “Best One-Person Show.” With comedy at its core, Daniel uses larger-than-life characters to vividly portray his Cancer experience. In a story told mercilessly with a thrill and lust for the finer things in life, Daniel recalls the pain he endured during his treatment while embracing his own saving grace – the fine art of comedy. Director: Andrew Ferguson. Stage Manager: Jennifer De Lucia. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Italian), cancer community. Links: show, video, related, related2, related3, related4.

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Frankenstein with Mary Shelley

Modern Prometheus: Frankenstein with Mary Shelley

Adapted and Performed by Virginia BartholomewOhio

Fri., Oct. 19 at 7:30pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, storytelling, classic, horror

Mary Shelley uncovers the true nature of horror as she gives voice to her timeless novel. Victor Frankenstein’s obsessive quest for creation and the bitterness of his abandoned creation take the stage in this “mesmerizing” and “compelling” one-woman show. Director: Will LeVasseur. Photo by Jason Richards. Recommended for: lovers of literature & sci-fi. Links: artist, related.

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Vonnegut, Vonnegut!

Vonnegut, Vonnegut!

Performed by Glen WilliamsonNew York

Fri., Oct. 19 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement

“Right on and totally hilarious. Williamson plays all the roles… brilliantly” (Berkshire Bright Focus) in “Who Am I This Time?” and “The Kid Nobody Could Handle,” celebrating the healing power of school bands and community theater. This is Kurt Vonnegut at his most human and heartwarming. The great American writer’s hyperbolic narrative turns out to be wonderfully theatrical. Director: Scott Fielding. Writer: Kurt Vonnegut. Photo by Robb Creese. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, Kurt Vonnegut fans, Kilgore Trout fans. Links: show, related.

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The Metamorphosis

Written and Performed by J.B. AlexanderNew York

Sat., Oct. 20 at 2:00pm (running time: 40 min.) 

drama, comedy, tragedy

“As I awoke one morning from disturbing dreams, I found myself in my bed, transformed into FRANZ KAFKA.” A struggling writer finds the genius that always eluded him. Should he embrace his new identity? Or fight to recover his true self? “The Metamorphosis” is “exciting…. It’s original, funny, and deeply, deeply sad.” – Austin Pendleton. Acting Coach: Dmitry Troyanovsky. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, existentialists, ethnic community (Jewish, German/Austrian, Czech & Eastern European). Link: artist.

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The Apple Tree, or Penis no. 7

The Apple Tree, or Penis no. 7

Written and Performed by Regina GibsonPennsylvania

Sat., Oct. 20 at 4:00pm (running time: 30 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, improv, poetry, music

Born out of a young woman’s oral fixation, a tasty poetical descent into the silly world of the penis, asking… “Why do we seek a partner?” “What drives us to bite the apple?” “Why is it that after I put your dick in my mouth we don’t talk anymore?” Director: Katherine Carter. Photo by Emma Backer. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, show, video.

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In Search of O

In Search of O

Written and Performed by Chrystee PharrisCalifornia

Sat., Oct. 20 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

comedy, storytelling, dance, music

A play about waiting until marriage at 27 to have sex and the fantasy vs. reality of that experience. What do you do after age 30…after reading every book…asking all the experts…and you still have not found your “O”?! Photo by Bobby Quillard. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Hispanic, African American, Asian, Caucasian). Link: artist, facebook, facebook2, twitter.

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STUCK?

STUCK? Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Gary BialeNew York

Sat., Oct. 20 at 7:30pm (running time: 65 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, music

I was the STAR of my 3rd grade play and I’ve been trying to get back there ever since. Something burns inside me. The need to tell a story, dance and sing, make people laugh. I have to share it. What keeps me from doing it? My crazy family, the job, the wife, the kids? We all get STUCK sometimes. Director: Lindsey Hope Pearlman. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Mutant Olive

Mutant Olive

Written and Performed by Mitch HaraIllinois

Sat., Oct. 20 at 9:00pm (running time: 75 min.) 

drama, comedy

A hysterical, heart-wrenching, triumphant journey as one actor’s past seeps into his present. He explores his soul-sucking childhood, monstrous drug & alcohol abuse, rampant sex, crashed cars, an out of body experience and a black cape. This exploration all happens during an audition. “Extraordinary! Mitch makes you laugh and cry on the same line. I’m in awe of his talent.” – Doris Roberts (“Everyone Loves Raymond”). “RIVETING! Brave, Hilarious, Heartbreaking!” – TheaterMania. Director: Terri Hanauer. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, 12 steppers, rehabs.

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DIVA

DIVA

Performed by Wioleta KomarPoland

Sun., Oct. 21 at 2:00pm (running time: 50 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling

A story about the devastation and desolation that the Holocaust engendered in the psyche of those who were saved. Nora Sedler, “prima donna assoluta” of the world’s opera houses, deported, in the autumn of 1941, to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, now Łodz in Poland. She escapes the Holocaust. At what price? Singing naked for the Nazi officers… Best Actress Award at United Solo 2011. Director: Stanislaw Miedziewski. Playwright: Magdalena Gauer. English Translation: Caryl Swift. Costume Design: Magdalena Franczak. Photo by Zbigniew Suliga. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish, Polish, German, American). Links: artistshow.

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Daughter of Salt

Daughter of Salt

Written and Performed by Kathleen Cole BurkeCalifornia

Sun., Oct. 21 at 4:00pm (running time: 30 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, classic

An honest, comedic look at religion, disease, and awkward EKG’s as told by a young woman in letters to her future husband. Kathleen vacillates between the convent and the world — and the reality that the hospital could destroy the possibility of either. Stage Manager: Elizabeth Reams. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, spiritual community. Link: artist.

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Preparation Hex

Preparation Hex

Written and Performed by Bob BraderNew York

Sun., Oct. 21 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) ENCORE*

comedy, storytelling, love story

Love is not the only ring of fire. This hemorrhoid tale and love story is Bob’s comic odyssey to get the girl! “Storytelling gold… don’t miss this alchemist of the anecdote!” – Theatre in London. “An infectious mix of humor, horror and insight!” – NYTheatre.com. From the multi-award-winning team of “Spitting In The Face Of The Devil” (Best Script, United Solo 2010). Directed & Developed by Suzanne Bachner. Lighting Design: Christopher Renda. Graphic Design: Michael Koch. Photo by Michael Koch. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Links: artist, video, related, related2.

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Still Standing

Still Standing Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Anita HollanderNew York

Sun., Oct. 21 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, musical

A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes charts 16 “tools for survival,” by a one-legged performer who’s appeared at NY Shakespeare Festival, Carnegie Hall, & The White House, whom The New York Times called “provocative, funny, moving, communicative and beautifully polished… a wide rainbow of vocal colors with dramatic sensitivity, comic insights, and a charming presence that flavors everything she does.” ASL Interpretation: Rachel Hollander. Extra Inspiration by Holland Hamilton. Technical Assistance & Photo by Maurice J. Moran, Jr. Recommended for: Deaf & Disability Community. Links: artist, show, video.

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Sailing by Night

Sailing by Night

Written and Performed by Judith ShotwellNew Mexico

Mon., Oct. 22 at 6:00pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, storytelling, movement, poetry, harp music

Music for the dying? How weird (or wonderful) is that?! Find out on this dramatic personal journey to the mysterious realms where music, humor, grief, death, love and beauty intersect. A rare glimpse into life at death, created by a practicing music-thantologist herself. “A much needed poke in the heart.” “A rich and delightful surprise.” “Makes the hidden visible.” “Magnificent!” Director: Wendy Chapin. Costume: Dream Couture. Set Construction: Steve Dunn & Bruce Williams. Photo by Ian Rosenkranz. Recommended for: adults, elderly, musicians, palliative & hospice caregivers. Link: video.

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Once Upon A Caterpillar

Once Upon A Caterpillar

Written and Performed by Esmeralda CastellonNew York

Mon., Oct. 22 at 7:30pm (running time: 45 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy

“Once Upon a Caterpillar” is the funniest show you have never seen. This show is a comedic theatrical piece that digs into the hearts of its audience members with an unexpected dose of reality. This type of storytelling takes its spectators on an emotional rollercoaster filled with hope, laughter and tears. Director & Producer: Joseph D. Martinez. Sound Design: Nia Iglesias. Lighting Director: Izzy Santiago. Stage Hands: Grace Castellon & Marc Guzman. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, facebook.

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Vonnegut, Vonnegut!

Vonnegut, Vonnegut!

Performed by Glen WilliamsonNew York

Mon., Oct. 22 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement

“Right on and totally hilarious. Williamson plays all the roles… brilliantly” (Berkshire Bright Focus) in “Who Am I This Time?” and “The Kid Nobody Could Handle,” celebrating the healing power of school bands and community theater. This is Kurt Vonnegut at his most human and heartwarming. The great American writer’s hyperbolic narrative turns out to be wonderfully theatrical. Director: Scott Fielding. Writer: Kurt Vonnegut. Photo by Robb Creese. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, Kurt Vonnegut fans, Kilgore Trout fans. Links: show, related.

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Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions, Part 2

Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Suzanna GeraghtyIreland

Tue., Oct. 23 at 7:30pm (running time: 50 min.) ENCORE*

comedy, audience interactive

Audience Award winner 2011, Suzanna Geraghty, described as a Irish Lucille Ball and a “gifted physical comedienne” by NY Times and as “Exemplary” with “Exquisite dramatic talents” by Backstage returns to the United Solo Encore Group. Prized as a “cleverly written winning vehicle… sure to amuse industry insiders” by Backstage, ”Auditions Zoe’s Auditions” features Zoe, a backstage worker who dreams of landing an acting job. Her senile elderly agent sends her on an assortment of inappropriate auditions ranging from “Riverdance” to “Spiderman Turn Off the Dark” to being shot out of a cannon of a touring circus. A hilarious send-up of an actor’s life. Not to be missed. Book now! Movement Consultant: Andy Crook. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, actors, dancers, clown & variety performers. Links: artist, show, video, video2.

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Kissing Frogs: A Tale of Dating Misadventures in New York City

Kissing Frogs: A Tale of Dating Misadventures in New York City

Written, Directed and Performed by Ilana GabrielleNew York

Tue., Oct. 23 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

drama, comedy, concert, storytelling, stand-up, musical

Once upon a time a beautiful princess lived in a magical kingdom full of bright yellow carriages and tall glass towers. This princess was searching for her one true love but each suitor she met turned out to be just another frog. This is a tale of vile princes, “the guy who dated his cousin,” and the search for a happy ending. Piano: Adria Barbosa. Drums: Shawn Crowder. Bass: Johannes Heger. Guitar: Elliott Klein. Background Vocals & Duets: Christine Gallagher, Lynda DeFuria & Max Kantor. Photo by LASH Photography. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, single ladies living in NYC. Links: artist, video, related.

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Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare

Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare

Created and Performed by Lawrence HowardOregon

Wed., Oct. 24 at 3:30pm (running time: 140 min.) 

drama, storytelling

Shackleton’s dream of being first to traverse the Antarctic continent became a nightmare when his valiant ship was trapped in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea and crushed by the pressure of the ice. The story of how he and the 27 men of his expedition eventually came to safety is an epic tale of hardship, courage, and endurance. Artistic Director & Producer: Lynne Duddy. Photo by Isaac Koval ©2009 (Lawrence Howard), Frank Hurley (The Endurance). Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Links: artist, show, video, related, related2.

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Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned

Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned Sold Out 

Written and Performed by José Roldan Jr.New York

Wed., Oct. 24 at 7:30pm (running time: 55 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

An autobiographical coming-of-age story about a young Latino boy growing up in the South Bronx of New York City in the 80′s/90′s. Searching for his identity in a world of stereotypes, he introduces you to his most memorable family members, from the freestyle queen of the Bronx to his Bruja Tia, who discovered the secret to keeping a man. Jose takes you from the mean streets of the Bronx and the living room of his family’s apartment to his moments of self-acceptance. Director: Dante Albertie. Photo by Jose Fernandez – Raimi Photography. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Latinos). Links: artist, video, facebook, related.

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Still Standing

Still Standing Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Anita HollanderNew York

Wed., Oct. 24 at 9:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, musical

A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes charts 16 “tools for survival,” by a one-legged performer who’s appeared at NY Shakespeare Festival, Carnegie Hall, & The White House, whom The New York Times called “provocative, funny, moving, communicative and beautifully polished… a wide rainbow of vocal colors with dramatic sensitivity, comic insights, and a charming presence that flavors everything she does.” ASL Interpretation: Rachel Hollander. Extra Inspiration by Holland Hamilton. Technical Assistance & Photo by Maurice J. Moran, Jr. Recommended for: Deaf & Disability Community. Links: artist, show, video.

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Bubba

Bubba Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Michael Thomas WalkerAlabama

Thu., Oct. 25 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama

In a play inspired by true events, Michael tries to uncover the truth about who his father was and how he died. Through the use of multiple characters, Michael tells the story of his father’s incarceration for embezzlement, his discovery that polio has returned, and his father’s need to be well-liked. A truth-seeking journey of song, dance, and heart-wrenching honesty. Director: Melissa Firlitt. Stage Manager: Meghan Fisher. Costume Design: Stefanie Genda. Sound Design: Latiana Gourzong & Kat Gavornik. Projection Design: Tom Minucci. Prop Design: Laura Williams. Photo by Laura Williams and Vici Chirumbolo. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artistvideo, video2, video3.

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Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway

Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Ann MorrisonFlorida

Thu., Oct. 25 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

storytelling, movement, musical

Broadway veteran Ann Morrison finds immense beauty in her friend Linda, a highly imaginative actress and writer with Down Syndrome, who teaches deep lessons from the heart. During a road trip to New York to fulfill her dream of singing center stage on Broadway, Linda actually prepares for a larger mission. One that will profoundly affect everyone around her. Director: Blake Walton. Photo by Blake Walton. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, Down syndrome communities, Alzheimer’s communities. Links: artist, show, video, facebook.

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A Little Potato and Hard to Peel

A Little Potato and Hard to Peel Sold Out 

Written and Performed by David HarrellGeorgia

Fri., Oct. 26 at 6:00pm (running time: 55 min.) 

drama, comedy

An inspiring, challenging, and hilarious look at how one man learned to live with a disability. This is a show that reaches across generations with lyrical, yet down-to-earth writing and searing, honest acting. What starts out as one man’s challenge to accept his own strengths and limitations becomes a compelling charge for us all. Director: Kirk White. Stage Manager: Stephanie Byrnes. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, disability community. Links: artist, video.

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Odessa

Written and Performed by William GraysonTexas

Fri., Oct. 26 at 7:30pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, storytelling

Frank sits alone in front of a panel of prison guards sharing his life story. His memories are full of sorrow, struggles, and humor. As he reflects, we discover what brought him here, what kept him here, and ultimately, what will set him free. Stage Manager: Gabe Templin. Board Operator: Orlando Segarra. Production Manager: Laura Grayson. Photo by Gabe Templin. Recommended for: adults.

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Blood Type: RAGU

Blood Type: RAGU Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Frank IngrasciottaNew York

Fri., Oct. 26 at 9:00pm (running time: 85 min.) 

drama, comedy of over 20 characters

A funny and tender coming-of-age story exploring the first-generation American’s delicate dance between culture and identity! Meet the more than 20 characters who live, love and laugh as they struggle to thrive in a new culture in this fast-paced journey that is not just a comedy, not just a drama. It’s family – and we all have one! Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artist, show, video, video2, related, related2.

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Cradle to Gravy: a Cook, a Wife, a Death & Two Sisters

Cradle to Gravy: a Cook, a Wife, a Death & Two Sisters Sold Out 

Performed by Mary Ann WalshNew York

Sat., Oct. 27 at 2:00pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama

Using humor and pathos, a woman attempts to gather and dramatize her childhood/family stories. She explores the tragicomic line between what those around her labeled as blessing or curse. Any move forward in comprehending her life is thwarted by the family’s “faulty narrative syndrome.” When one member suddenly dies, will they eat, cry, or laugh in the face of death? Playwright: Dianne Bilyak. Set/Graphic Design: Michael Frassinelli. Photo by Michael Frassinelli. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artist, show.

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SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious

SuperHappyMelancholyexpialidocious

Performed by Seth LeporeMassachusetts

Sat., Oct. 27 at 4:00pm (running time: 60min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

A stranger-than-fiction satire about the war on thought. The happiness industry is turned on its head to reveal the farcical ideology of the positive thinking movement. Think you know happiness? Think again! From Texas megachurches turned motivational hothouses, to the latest testament of self-actualization from Oprah’s Book Club, nothing is safe from Lepore’s scrutinizing looking glass. Photo by Sharon Esdale. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artist, video, related.

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A Large Family/Une Grande Famille

A Large Family Bestseller 

Written and Performed by Stephanie FribourgFrance

Sat., Oct. 27 at 7:30pm (running time: 45 min.) 

comedy, storytelling

How was the world created? Where do the seasons come from? Why was the sea between Crete and Greece named Aegean? Zeus’s great-great-great… Great-grand-daughter reveals the ancient Greeks secrets through fantastic stories about her large family. Narrated in French and English, this original, accessible and extremely lively tale, celebrates western cultural roots with spark and humor! Collaborator: Natalie Royer. Assistants: Benoit Cassard & Christina Tzouras. Photo by Anne Fribourg. Recommended for: children. Link: show.

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The Bronx Queen

The Bronx Queen Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Sat., Oct. 27 at 9:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

comedy, improv, storytelling in the spirit of Spalding Gray

Anchors aweigh! Fresh from his recent success with “Garbo” at the Times Square International Theater Festival, actor/writer Joe Gulla (bait and) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, funny and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” shows why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks! Dramamine not included! Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, show, facebook, twitter, related.

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Snakes I Have Known

Snakes I Have Known Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Molly MontgomeryTexas

Sun., Oct. 28 at 2:00pm (running time: 70 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

On her 16th birthday Molly finds herself snake-bit, buck-ass naked and alone outside her front door. There are all kinds of snakes in Molly’s life. Some of them are reptiles. Most of them come from Texas. This is the story of Molly’s journey from DFW to JFK, from schoolgirl to actress, from child to woman. Director: Jim Shankman. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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El Rey Vende Flores

El Rey Vende Flores

Written and Performed by Maria Corina RamirezVenezuela

Sun., Oct. 28 at 4:00pm (running time: 25 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

Through the eyes of 6-year-old Penny, we see nine diverse, Miamian characters come together to pray, dance, laugh, fight and put their pennies together to save Manolito Gonzalez, their beloved neighbor who got brutally attacked in the middle of the night while selling flowers at a traffic light. A story of love, unity and hope. Photo by Edson Jean. Recommended for: all audiences.

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DIVA

DIVA

Performed by Wioleta KomarPoland

Sun., Oct. 28 at 6:00pm (running time: 50 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling

A story about the devastation and desolation that the Holocaust engendered in the psyche of those who were saved. Nora Sedler, “prima donna assoluta” of the world’s opera houses, deported, in the autumn of 1941, to the Litzmannstadt Ghetto, now Łodz in Poland. She escapes the Holocaust. At what price? Singing naked for the Nazi officers… Best Actress Award at United Solo 2011. Director: Stanislaw Miedziewski. Playwright: Magdalena Gauer. English Translation: Caryl Swift. Costume Design: Magdalena Franczak. Photo by Zbigniew Suliga. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish, Polish, German, American). Links: artistshow.

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Preparation Hex

Preparation Hex

Written and Performed by Bob BraderNew York

Mon., Oct. 29 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) ENCORE*

comedy, storytelling, love story

Love is not the only ring of fire. This hemorrhoid tale and love story is Bob’s comic odyssey to get the girl! “Storytelling gold… don’t miss this alchemist of the anecdote!” – Theatre in London. “An infectious mix of humor, horror and insight!” – NYTheatre.com. From the multi-award-winning team of “Spitting In The Face Of The Devil” (Best Script, United Solo 2010). Directed & Developed by Suzanne Bachner. Lighting Design: Christopher Renda. Graphic Design: Michael Koch. Photo by Michael Koch. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Links: artist, video, related, related2.

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Once Upon A Caterpillar

Once Upon A Caterpillar

Written and Performed by Esmeralda CastellonNew York

Mon., Oct. 29 at 7:30pm (running time: 45 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy

“Once Upon a Caterpillar” is the funniest show you have never seen. This show is a comedic theatrical piece that digs into the hearts of its audience members with an unexpected dose of reality. This type of storytelling takes its spectators on an emotional rollercoaster filled with hope, laughter and tears. Director & Producer: Joseph D. Martinez. Sound Design: Nia Iglesias. Lighting Director: Izzy Santiago. Stage Hands: Grace Castellon & Marc Guzman. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, facebook.

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Everybody Lied to Me

Everybody Lied to Me

Written and Performed by Jason Thomas MayfieldTexas

Tue., Oct. 30 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

comedy, storytelling, stand-up

As children growing up, we’re all told “Don’t worry about being popular, just work hard, sacrifice, and everything will work out in the end.” And we believed them… Comedian Jason Thomas Mayfield, called “the future of comedy” by some random guy on twitter, stars in this “hilarious and honest” story about the moment he first realized everybody lied to him. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Link: artist.

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Death In Venice In First Person

Death In Venice In First Person

Written and Performed by Rory LanceNew York

Wed., Oct. 31 at 3:30pm (running time: 80 min.) 

drama, classic

A newly conceived theatrical presentation of the classic tale by Thomas Mann. Join Aschenbach on his summer holiday and watch as his brief vacation quickly becomes a journey of self-discovery and an exploration of the very depths of loneliness and obsession. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Link: artist.

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DipKid

DipKid

Written and Performed by Amber GodfreyNew York

Thu., Nov. 1 at 7:30pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

Seven countries, a mixed bag of ethnic/religious backgrounds and an enduring sense of longing. A Canadian diplomat¹s daughter goes on a journey to retrace the traveling steps she took in her youth. Will she ever be able to stop moving? And how can she possibly understand and express the vast wonder of diversity living inside and around her? Photo by Molly McQue. Recommended for: Canadian/expat community.

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Trevor’s Fire

Trevor’s Fire Sold Out 

Performed by Blake WaltonNew Jersey

Thu., Nov. 1 at 9:00pm (running time: 75 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement

Trevor, a magnificent seven-year-old diagnosed with the “ring of fire on the brain,” or ADHD, streaks through a world of dry, flammable kindling that asks him to be “normal,” until a stranger sees his fire as a gift. Like the mythical Phoenix, he must burn brightly before rising from the ashes, healed and able to lead. Director & Playwright: Ann Morrison. Photo by Ann Morrison. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ADD & ADHD communities. Links: artist, show, facebook.

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Longing for Grace

Longing for Grace Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Grace KileyNew York

Fri., Nov. 2 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

drama

Suspended between life and death, film legend turned real-life princess Grace Kelly weaves the story of her life into a cautionary tale for her daughter and explores the cost of abandoning one’s dreams. Austin Pendleton directs this poignant look at fame, folly, and a woman undone by her own strength. Director: Austin Pendleton. Photo by Sarah Geiger. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Link: artist.

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Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Performed by Bill BowersNew York

Sat., Nov. 3 at 2:00pm (running time: 70 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, mime

An award-winning combination of Mime, Music, and Monologue that takes us on the journey from Boyhood to Manhood, set against the back drop of small town America. Bill Bowers continues his ongoing investigation of Silence in our Culture. “Bowers effortlessly brings us to laughter and tears, often at the same time.” – New York Post. Developed with & Directed by Scott Illingworth. Sound Design: David Margolin Lawson. Costume Design: Michael Growler. Production Coordinator: Laura Lindsay. Photo by Benjamin Heller. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, mime and physical theatre, gender studies. Link: artist.

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WEST OF EDEN

WEST OF EDEN

Written and Performed by Steve KeyesIllinois

Sat., Nov. 3 at 4:00pm (running time: 50 min.) 

drama, comedy, music

Follow the bittersweet journey of a displaced person, risking fear of flight and heights, double-engine failure and whiplash, as he makes a leap of faith from the wilds of Manhattan to the wild-ers of Los Angeles and back again, ultimately finding some place like “home…” with stops along the way. Director: Andrew Feigin. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, actors. Link: artist.

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Breaking Rank!

Breaking Rank!

Performed by Howard PetrickCalifornia

Sat., Nov. 3 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

An anti-war activist drafted into the Army in 1966, Howard Petrick continued to speak out against the war while carrying out his military duties. This is an award-winning solo show about the military bureaucracy and a draftee who, without breaking the rules, fights for his right to speak out and organize his fellow GIs against the Vietnam War. Created with David Ford. Photo by Credit-Larry Seigle-Militant. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, veterans. Link: artist.

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Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups

Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups

Written and Performed by James GanglCanada

Sat., Nov. 3 at 9:00pm (running time: 75 min.) 

comedy, storytelling, poetry

A guy with a ravenous sexual libido battles it out against a guy with a staunch Catholic upbringing over the heart of a sexy, insightful underwear model that he meets at his first professional acting gig, a commercial shoot for Coors Light. “Amazing” 4 Stars – Toronto Star, “Compelling” 4 Stars – Toronto Sun, “Hugely entertaining” – Globe & Mail, “Very funny” – National Post. Director & Dramaturg: Chris Gibbs. Photo by Kevin Thom. Recommended for: adults, LGBT community. Links: show, video, video2, related, related2, related3, related4, related5.

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Please Don’t Beat Me Up

Please Don’t Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence

Written and Performed by Adam RubenDistrict Of Columbia

Sun., Nov. 4 at 2:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

comedy, storytelling

Comedian and storyteller shares true tales of adolescence, plus embarrassing diary excerpts, home movies, and a manifesto of self-pity written while dateless during Homecoming. The world of bullies, crushes, and the horrible advice ‌“Be yourself!” feature in this show for anyone who’s ever been picked on, put down, or cast out. Nominated for best solo show 2011 (MD Theatre Guide). Technical Production: Jeff Ruben. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, show, related, related2, related3.

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Medea’s Got Some Issues

Medea’s Got Some Issues Bestseller 

Performed by Ana AsensioSpain

Sun., Nov. 4 at 4:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

comedy

“Medea” reinvented as a laugh-out-laugh farce? Well, hell hath no funny like a woman scorned! More than 2,400 years after the premiere of her tragedy, Medea presents, without inhibition, the mitigating and sordid factors surrounding her infamous case: from the sexual haste of her husband to the misogynistic and xenophobic environment of Classical Corinth. Poetic justice was never this hilarious! Director: Benjamin H. Kamine. Playwright: Emilio Williams. Costume & Set Design: Geanme Marin. Photo by Daniel Seth Pagel. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Links: artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me

The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me

Written and Performed by Anthony NikolchevCalifornia

Sun., Nov. 4 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) ENCORE*

drama

A man. Salesman. An Orpheus of Dostoevsky’s creation and Witkacy’s nightmare, selling what people don’t need in a time when people have nothing. His life drones on, one above ground, another beneath it. And then the unbearable happens. A schizophrenic waltz on the precipice of the recession. Best Actor at United Solo Festival 2011. Co-Directors: Yuriy Kordonskiy & Matej Matejka. Text Inspired after: C. Bukowski, F. Dostoevsky, S. I. Witkiewicz, A. Miller. Photo by Karol Jarek. Recommended for: the jobful and jobless. Links: artistrelated.

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Bully

Bully Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Lee J. KaplanFlorida

Sun., Nov. 4 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, multimedia

In this powerful new production set inside a boxing ring and inspired by entries in his sixth-grade journal, Lee returns to the scene of the crime, calling to the ring those who subjected him to unrelenting bullying attacks. It is the fight of his life: a story about finding the will and a way to finally stand up to the bullies. Director: Padraic Lillis. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Links: artist, show.

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Wing‑Man

Wing‑Man Sold Out 

Performed by Mark GindickNew York

Mon., Nov. 5 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) ENCORE*

comedy, dance, movement, multimedia, physical

Back by popular demand from last year’s United Solo Theatre Festival, Wing-Man restores faith in the “world wide web” of comic humanity in the hot pursuit of ideal romantic love. Without a single spoken word, physical comedian and clown Mark Gindick builds a romantic relationship with the audience and teaches us to say less and lust more. (Best One-Man Show, United Solo 2011)Photo by Florence Montmare. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, related.

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OH MY IRMA

OH MY IRMA

Written and Performed by Haley McGeeCanada

Mon., Nov. 5 at 7:30pm (running time: 58 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy

Returning to NYC as part of its international tour, this macabre comedy from Canada will leave your “fingernails stinging.” Mission Bird finds herself before an audience defending a crime which YES, she committed, but it wasn’t her fault! BEST PRODUCTION, United Solo 2011. “OH MY IRMA sends you out of the theatre dazzled.” 4.5 Stars, Edmonton Journal. Director: Alisa Palmer. Executive Producer: Derrick Chua. Originally Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto. Photo by Jesse Griffiths. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, people who didn’t like theatre seem to love this show. Links: show, video, video2, facebook, twitter.

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Finding Elizabeth Taylor

Finding Elizabeth Taylor

Written and Performed by Elizabeth Claire TaylorNew York

Mon., Nov. 5 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling

Hi – I’m Elizabeth Taylor. Yes, it’s my real name and quite a lot to live up to – the eyes, the men, the booze, the diets, the diamonds, the hits and the flops. But don’t think I haven’t tried! A love letter to La Liz and me – two women obsessed with life and its finer points. Director: Cheryl King. Photo by Gary Weingarten. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, feminist groups, eating disorder awareness. Links: showrelatedrelated2.

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Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Performed by Bill BowersNew York

Tue., Nov. 6 at 6:00pm (running time: 70 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, mime

An award-winning combination of Mime, Music, and Monologue that takes us on the journey from Boyhood to Manhood, set against the back drop of small town America. Bill Bowers continues his ongoing investigation of Silence in our Culture. “Bowers effortlessly brings us to laughter and tears, often at the same time.” – New York Post. Developed with & Directed by Scott Illingworth. Sound Design: David Margolin Lawson. Costume Design: Michael Growler. Production Coordinator: Laura Lindsay. Photo by Benjamin Heller. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, mime and physical theatre, gender studies. Link: artist.

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Talk to me about Shame

Talk to me about Shame

Written and Performed by Julian GoldhagenNew York

Tue., Nov 6 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, improv, multimedia

This play aims to create a physical and theoretical space in which the experience of shame can be demystified, defined, questioned, and mobilized in order to foster a sense of community. It seeks to entertain and empower. Photo by Abigail Ekue. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community.

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Running Into Me

Running Into Me

Written and Performed by Vickie TannerCalifornia

Tue., Nov 6 at 9:00pm (running time: 75 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement

The compelling story of Vickie’s struggle to succeed, despite a misguided upbringing in Compton, CA. Vickie plays various characters from her troubled past, while weaving interviews with today’s teenagers through her story, taking us on a rollercoaster ride into the minds of young people, and simultaneously painting a vivid portrait of her own odyssey. Director: Bruce McCarty. Lighting Designer: Chris Dallos. Sound Designer: Hillel Meltzer. Stage Manager: Marcie Friedman. Photo by Riverside Digital Productions. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, ethnic community (African American, Latino), arts & education community (teaching artists, arts & ed administrators, public & private school administrators). Links: artist, show, video, related, related2.

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Growing Up Jordy Pordy

Growing Up Jordy Pordy

Written and Performed by Jordan HerskowitzTexas

Wed., Nov. 7 at 3:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling of over 30 characters

Edinburgh Fringe 2009 award-winning show follows Herskowitz’s career as a professional mascot and his dysfunctional Jewish family’s journey with organ donation. Channeling over 30 characters, Herskowitz’s intimate and touching performance will mesmerize people of all ages and backgrounds. “Extraordinary” – BBC Radio. “A performance masterpiece!” – The News Line. Photo by Ariel C Photography. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Jewish), organ donation, cystic fibrosis. Links: show, video.

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Urban Zen

URBAN ZEN Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Navida SteinNew York

Wed., Nov. 7 at 7:30pm (running time: 65 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, music

The unexpected adventures of paying attention and the transformative power of human connection. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. Whenever I was traveling or waiting, I attempted to resist distraction and instead pay attention with all my senses and with all my heart to whatever came my way. These are my stories. Director: Diana Basmajian. Sound Designer: Iris McElroy. Photo by Joel Martin. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre Community, LGBT Community, meditation centers, Buddhist and yoga centers, wellness centers. Links: artist, video.

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Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway

Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway Bestseller 

Written and Performed by Ann MorrisonFlorida

Wed., Nov. 7 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

storytelling, movement, musical

Broadway veteran Ann Morrison finds immense beauty in her friend Linda, a highly imaginative actress and writer with Down Syndrome, who teaches deep lessons from the heart. During a road trip to New York to fulfill her dream of singing center stage on Broadway, Linda actually prepares for a larger mission. One that will profoundly affect everyone around her. Director: Blake Walton. Photo by Blake Walton. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, Down syndrome communities, Alzheimer’s communities. Links: artist, show, video, facebook.

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Life – A One Woman Show

Life – A One Woman Show

Written and Performed by Amy De BhrúnIreland

Thu., Nov. 8 at 6:00pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, poetry, musical

Fresh from her sell our performances in Dublin, London and LA, Amy De Bhrún treats us with her unique style of hilarious characters and poetic insight. Life tells the story of Gráinne – a young Irish emigrant struggling to find her way in one of the world’s loneliest cities, London. A refreshing eclectic mix of comedy, theatre, poetry and song. Director: Helena Browne. Stage Manager: Sean Branigan. Voice Coach: Fiona Browne. Photo by Thomasina J Photography. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, related, related2.

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G.E.M.S.

G.E.M.S.

Written and Performed by Pamela JacksonMaryland

Thu., Nov. 8 at 7:30pm (running time: 65 min.) 

storytelling

Searching for a moment during sex when she can feel God, Emma is wooed into the bed of Dread, a drug dealer and prophet, while during the day having mother-daughter talks with Helen to heal their past. This is a story about the lengths one will go in order to have every hole filled, to feel that “perfect moment.” Director: Russell Taylor. Stage Manager: Laurrice Morgan-Eady. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, video.

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On The Outskirts Of Everything

On The Outskirts Of Everything

Written and Performed by Tim CollinsNew York

Thu., Nov. 8 at 9:00pm (running time: 70 min.) 

drama, comedy

Six richly conflicted characters on an intense, comedic, heartrending rampage. A desperate anger-management therapist expounds the wisdom of The Dog Whisperer. An impromptu class reunion takes a sinister turn. Hitler and Frodo wage war on a Starbucks condiment bar. Find truth and beauty, in the Outskirts. “Collins is a writer and actor of enormous intelligence, range, and sensitivity” – NYTheatre.com (Best Guest Performer, Dialogue ONE Festival 2008, Plays & Playwrights 2009). Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, show, video, facebook.

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Redheaded Stepchild

Redheaded Stepchild

Written and Performed by Johnnie WalkerCanada

Fri., Nov. 9 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy

Nicholas is a redheaded stepchild. Literally. Tomorrow, the biggest boy in sixth grade will beat him up. Should he skip school? Fussy stepmom Mary-Anne says no. But what does his fabulous alter-ego Rufus Vermillion think? 2010 Emerging Artist Award, SummerWorks “★★★★★Outstanding Production, Outstanding Performance.” – NOW Magazine. “A terrific, moving, very, very funny production.” – CBC. Director: Morgan Norwich. Photo by Greg Wong. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, video, facebook, twitter, related.

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Across Time

Across Time Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Rebecca VerNooyOhio

Fri., Nov. 9 at 7:30pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, comedy, movement

Time and space collapse in this Movement Theatre piece as a transplanted New Yorker finds herself in Southeastern Ohio confronting her own mortality. Looking for that thing she is supposed to be doing, she keeps getting distracted by the many voices of her life. A funny look at the transcendent power of love. Director: Brian Evans. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community.

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SPIN

Performed by Heather EhlersCalifornia

Fri., Nov. 9 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, multimedia

A hilarious, brutally honest play of transcendence via sex, love and spirituality. Ms. Ehlers catches herself every 15 years spinning through various stages of womanhood. Her experiences as a foreign exchange student, a mother in labor, and a middle-aged adulteress transform her understanding of what it is to be human. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, women’s interest/feminist community.

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Session

SESSION

Written and Performed by Diana ArnoldCalifornia

Sat., Nov. 10 at 2:00pm (running time: 45 min.) 

drama, storytelling, poetry

Following Diana Arnold’s biographical debut 86’d, which used the restaurant industry as a venue to discuss her father’s life and death, comes a solo exploration of her mother. Told almost entirely in poetic direct address, this play allows the construct of therapy to blend with the convention of theatre, to divulge new familial truths. Director: Phoebe Tyers. Producers: Jessica Love, Alex Miles Younger. Photo by Kathryn Kreyling. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: video, related.

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Lorraine Olsen is Figuratively Speaking

Lorraine Olsen is Figuratively Speaking Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Lorraine OlsenCalifornia

Sat., Nov. 10 at 4:00pm (running time: 65 min.) 

drama, comedy, dance

The naked truth from the model’s stand! Set in the vibrant world of salons, studios and universities, and structured as a typical drawing session – the audience is encouraged to draw – Olsen assumes a series of progressively longer poses while recounting personal episodes that illustrate her interactions with artists, teachers and students and how each shaped her growth as a human being. (Best of the Fringe, San Francisco Fringe Festival 2011).  Director: Val Hendrickson. Sound Design: Keith Dunwoody. Photo by Chandra Renee Walker. Recommended for: teenagers over 13 (nudity may offend), adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Link: related.

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Normality

Normality

Performed by Pedro KrugerSouth Africa

Sat., Nov. 10 at 6:00pm (running time: 65 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, musical

Five ★★★★★ reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! A wickedly funny, raw, entirely real musical about bodies, love, milkshakes, dancing, freaks and that thing that’s in the eye of the beholder. “…brilliantly performed and beautifully realized…” – British Theatre Guide. “…exceptional performance, believable, funny…” – broadwaybaby.com. “Expect to be challenged, expect to be uplifted, expect to be changed.” – fringeguru.com. Director: Shirley Ellis. Playwright: Hennie van Greunen. Photo by Donna Lewis. Recommended for: families, LGBT community, medical professionals, disabled persons. Links: related, related2, related3, related4, related5.

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KING LAZ

King Laz

Written and Performed by Susana GuillaumeUnited Kingdom

Sat., Nov. 10 at 7:30pm (running time: 65 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

Behind every great man there’s a daughter… but the great man is sinking into senile old age. Can Sukie free herself from the benevolent despotism of her charismatic and controlling father? With serious new responsibilities piling fast onto her shoulders, Sukie finds she’s been sleepwalking through life… until now! Her tragicomic wake-up call is an eccentric coming-of-age tale with universal human resonance. Director: Maura Dhu Studi. Photo by Jennifer Esperanza. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly.

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8 Ways my Mother was Conceived

8 Ways my Mother Was Conceived

Written and Performed by Michaela Di CesareCANADA

Sat., Nov. 10 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

My Catholic Italian family believes my mother was conceived by a virgin. The logic being that my grandparents were unmarried when it happened. Therefore: act of God, NOT of the bod. A harmless myth – until I realized I suffered from a Virgin Complex that was sabotaging my love life. Directed by Tamara Brown. Stage Manager: Elyse Quesnel. Set and Costume Design: Lara Kaluza. Lighting Design: Alexander Smith. Sound Design: Vuyo Bhembe. Dramaturgical Support: Playwright’s Workshop Montreal/Emma Tibaldo. Photo by Jaclyn Turner. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Italians, Mediterranean). Links: artist, show, video.

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MiddleMan

MiddleMan

Written and Performed by Adam BradleyCanada

Sun., Nov. 11 at 2:00pm (running time: 70 min.) 

drama

A very smart man has made a terrible mistake. He tries desperately to make things right, but words and logic unravel as he realizes it might just be too late. A play about being pulled apart by your own extremes – what happens when you think too deeply, act too quickly, love too carelessly, try too hard, and feel too much. Director & Dramaturg: Noah Drew. Wife: Amelia Mathews. Photo by Ben Benvie. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artist, show.

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TRAMP(ED)

TRAMP(ED)

Written and Performed by Daniel GononSpain

Sun., Nov. 11 at 4:00pm (running time: 50 min.) 

drama, comedy

A young man transforms into Charlie Chaplin and experiences the life of the world’s favorite silent film star. Chaplin’s little-known political activism finally comes to a head as World War II breaks out, forcing Charlie to make a decision: please the crowd or take a stand. Director: Meredith Mosbacher. Photo by Jonathan Key. Recommended for: theatre community.

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One Night With You

One Night With You Sold Out 

Performed by Leandra RammNew York

Sun., Nov. 11 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

musical, popera

Combining pop and classical styles, Leandra has a versatility in music that is beautifully reflected in her career to date. With a compelling script by Dagmar Spain, Leandra tells her amazing life story through song and spoken words. As Anderson Cooper said, “Leandra Ramm has an extraordinary voice… the possibilites seem endless.” This show is a new and important milestone in an amazing career. Director: Andrew Lonsdale. Playwright: Dagmar Spain. Accompanied by Brad Ross. Assistant Director: Iorgo Papoutsas. Stage Manager: Krystal Lonsdale. Links: artist, video, facebook, twitter, related, related2.

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R. L. at the Crossroads

R.L. at the Crossroads

Performed by Herb NewsomeNew York

Sun., Nov. 11 at 7:30pm (running time: 50 min.) ENCORE*

drama, music

Forced to choose between life or the music he loves, Bluesman Robert Johnson stands trial at the Crossroads with the Devil himself presiding as Judge and Jury. As witnesses take the stand, Johnson confronts his past in an attempt to stay alive and overturn a deal gone bad. Will he succeed or will the Devil win his soul? The battle begins… Director: Steve Broadnax. Playwrights: Steve Broadnax and Charles Dumas. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African American). Link: artist.

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Bubba

Bubba Bestseller 

Written and Performed by Michael Thomas WalkerAlabama

Sun., Nov. 11 at 9:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama

In a play inspired by true events, Michael tries to uncover the truth about who his father was and how he died. Through the use of multiple characters, Michael tells the story of his father’s incarceration for embezzlement, his discovery that polio has returned, and his father’s need to be well-liked. A truth-seeking journey of song, dance, and heart-wrenching honesty. Director: Melissa Firlitt. Stage Manager: Meghan Fisher. Costume Design: Stefanie Genda. Sound Design: Latiana Gourzong & Kat Gavornik. Projection Design: Tom Minucci. Prop Design: Laura Williams. Photo by Laura Williams and Vici Chirumbolo. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artistvideo, video2, video3.

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The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me

The Echoes Off The Walls Underground Are Louder Than Your Footsteps Above Me

Written and Performed by Anthony NikolchevCalifornia

Mon., Nov. 12 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) ENCORE*

drama

A man. Salesman. An Orpheus of Dostoevsky’s creation and Witkacy’s nightmare, selling what people don’t need in a time when people have nothing. His life drones on, one above ground, another beneath it. And then the unbearable happens. A schizophrenic waltz on the precipice of the recession. Best Actor at United Solo Festival 2011. Co-Directors: Yuriy Kordonskiy & Matej Matejka. Text Inspired after: C. Bukowski, F. Dostoevsky, S. I. Witkiewicz, A. Miller. Photo by Karol Jarek. Recommended for: the jobful and jobless. Links: artistrelated.

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Love Frantic

Love Frantic

Written and Performed by Natasha WaisfeldFlorida

Mon., Nov. 12 at 7:30pm (running time: 20 min.) 

comedy, storytelling, stand-up, improv

This was perhaps a process where I have learned the most about myself and how I love. Why we all love so differently and why we expect others to love us exactly the way we hoped they would. But most importantly, where that love disappears to when it’s all over. There lies the journey. Stage Manager: Frederic Ronssin. Photo by Pedro Alvarez. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Hispanic, African American, Asian, Caucasian). Link: video.

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SPIN

Performed by Heather EhlersCalifornia

Mon., Nov. 12 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, multimedia

A hilarious, brutally honest play of transcendence via sex, love and spirituality. Ms. Ehlers catches herself every 15 years spinning through various stages of womanhood. Her experiences as a foreign exchange student, a mother in labor, and a middle-aged adulteress transform her understanding of what it is to be human. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, women’s interest/feminist community.

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Hour Of The Wolf

Hour Of The Wolf

Written and Performed by Jesus QuinteroColombia

Tue., Nov. 13 at 6:00pm (running time: 55 min.) 

drama, dance, movement, poetry, music, multimedia

At night, during the first anniversary of his loved one’s death, a man plagued by insomnia and bouts of fitful unrest takes a turn for the worse during the Hour of the Wolf. Using elements of ritualism, movement, and song, the performance will take place outdoors and will incorporate the profane poetry of Charles Bukowski and the delicate imagery of poet/lyricist Silvio Rodriguez. Photo by Jesus Quintero. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Latino American). Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Hanna's Treasure Box

Hanna’s Treasure Box

Performed by Ardoine ClauzelNorway

Tue., Nov. 13 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama

It is 1943 and Norway is under German occupation. Through miraculous means, a little girl living in the far north discovers her Sephardic Jewish heritage and saves her life and the lives of her family. A show that traces anti-Semitism in Europe from the time of the Spanish inquisition to current threats. “[The work of] a powerful, articulate writer.” – Lonnie Carter, Obie Award winning playwright. Director: Julia Pevzner. Playwright: Martha J. Smith. Stage Manager: Jimmy Balazi. Dramaturgical Assistance: Lonnie Carter. Photo by Haakon Smith. Recommended for: ethnic community (Jewish).

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BIO‑HAZARD: (a relative comedy)

BIO‑HAZARD: (a relative comedy) Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Sarah Elizabeth GreerPennsylvania

Tue., Nov. 13 at 9:00pm (running time: 90 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, stand-up, multimedia

When Sarah, an adoptee from the PA Dutch Country, is unexpectedly FOUND by her biological mother, she is elated at the promise of understanding, connection and meaning to her existence… Not! This is a journey about feeling LOST, being FOUND and getting LOST all over again – THE FUNNY WAY. Appearance by Sarah’s Birth Mother: Susan Dohner. Appearance by Connie Greer: Sarah’s Mother. Photo by Christine Butler. Recommended for: the adoption community. Links: video, video2, facebook, related.

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For the BENEFIT of Miss JENNIE GOURLAY

For the BENEFIT of Miss JENNIE GOURLAY

Written and Performed by Billy HipkinsNew York

Wed., Nov. 14 at 3:30pm (running time: 70 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

Jennie Gourlay’s shot at stardom ended when Booth shot Lincoln. And Billy Hipkins has strong identification with a fellow also-ran. Is his current show biz life a karmic payback? Was he Jennie? Did he shoot Lincoln? And why does he love hoop skirts so much? He’ll tell you in his solo adventure through her story, his story, and history. Director: Perry Dell’Aquila. Stage Manager: Angela Theresa. Recommended for: theatre community, LGBT community, Ford’s Theatre enthusiasts, Civil War enthusiasts, Abraham Lincoln enthusiasts, past life recall enthusiasts. Links: show, video.

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Little Tunes

Little Tunes

Written and Performed by Ned Averill-SnellFlorida

Wed., Nov. 14 at 6:00pm (running time: 75 min.) 

comedy, storytelling

Sweet, funny, and sometimes sung, a comic memoir about an eccentric ’70s family, misadventures in a musical education, and finding out what happens after a dream dissolves. “His writing, like his acting, is controlled and witty. Every effect is thought out, from the silliest comedy to the most heart-wrenching biography.” – The St. Petersburg Times. Director: Matthew Ray. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, facebook.

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Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera

Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Sebastien HeinsCanada

Wed., Nov. 14 at 7:30pm (running time: 50 min.) 

drama, comedy, tragedy, dance, poetry, musical, hiphopera

Beautifully crafted lyrics and a virtuosic physical performance tell the story of pro Hip Hop and R&B brothers, their breaking apart, and epic reunion. Equal parts comic and tragic, “the last moment of this show will stay with you for sure” – BloodyUnderrated. “I could watch this guy move all night.” – CharleboisPost. “Grabs you and doesn’t let go.” – TheRover. Director: Adam Lazarus. Dramaturg: Jodi Essery. Original Lighting Design: Mark Bye. Original Sound Design: Kaileigh Krysztofiak. Photo by Pascale Jensen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Urban/African American), music community (hip hop), musical-goers, dance community. Links: video, facebook, twitter, related.

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Finding the Michaels

Finding the Michaels

Written and Performed by Cassie AngleyCalifornia

Wed., Nov. 14 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling

When your world explodes – literally – it’s time to rewrite your story. Cassie realizes this on 9/11, when she goes on a quest to find her father, Michael. She finds a trail of Michaels, both dead and alive. While portraying nine characters she musters the courage to piece together their fractured stories to tell her own story in this inspiring play. Director: Jennifer Stuckert. Technical Director: Patrick Musni. Photo by Shilo McCabe. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish), adult adoptees, adult children of single parents. Links: show, video, related.

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free.dom

free•dom – a solo of many people

Conceived and Performed by Andressa FurlettiBrazil

Thu., Nov. 15 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.) 

movement, multimedia, physical

A multimedia and physical journey into a creative mind. Director: Steve Cook. Interactive Technology: Frieder Weiss. Multimedia: Jaime Puerta. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, show, video.

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Bully

Bully Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Lee J. KaplanFlorida

Thu., Nov. 15 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, multimedia

In this powerful new production set inside a boxing ring and inspired by entries in his sixth-grade journal, Lee returns to the scene of the crime, calling to the ring those who subjected him to unrelenting bullying attacks. It is the fight of his life: a story about finding the will and a way to finally stand up to the bullies. Director: Padraic Lillis. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Links: artist, show.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray Sold Out 

Performed by Michael AbourizkConnecticut

Thu., Nov. 15 at 9:00pm (running time: 80 min.) 

drama, multimedia

“What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” In this adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s darkest and most controversial novel, we are taken on a downward spiraling journey as seen through the eyes of Dorian Gray himself. A chilling story of sin, corruption and the secret desires within us all. Director, Playwright & Set Designer: Darya Gerasimenko. Projection Design: Ilya Gerasimenko. Lighting Design: Michael Lounsbery. Stage Manager: Allison Lemel. Photo by Ilya Gerasimenko. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, Oscar Wilde enthusiasts. Links: artist, show.

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Perfume para entes o veneno pa’ la gente

Perfume para entes o veneno pa’ la gente

Performed by Carlos Manuel RiveraPuerto Rico

Fri., Nov. 16 at 6:00pm (running time: 30 min.) 

drama, poetry, multimedia

A Spanish-language piece in which the audience participates and testifies to a shamanic ritual, where a single performer through his ceremonial trance guides and inspires the spectators toward an individual, social, and collective transformation through metaphors, symbols, and images. Recommended for: adults, ethnic community (Hispanic and Latino). Link: artist.

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Evolution of a Love Addict

Evolution of a Love Addict

Written and Performed by Natasha M. DixonCalifornia

Fri., Nov. 16 at 7:30pm (running time: 60 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, poetry

A sneak peek into the mind of a woman on a funny electric ride through the world of dating, divorcing and the lessons learned while finding the Love that really matters. This action-packed show speaks to your soul and will have you evaluating the quest for love. A story for men and women alike. Enjoy the ride! Director: Michael Phillip Edwards. Photo by Natasha Dixon. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: show, video.

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Let Them Eat Meat

Let Them Eat Meat

Written and Performed by Antonio SacreCalifornia

Fri., Nov. 16 at 9:00pm (running time: 75 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling

United Solo Award for Best Storyteller (2011) and Two-time Best-in-Fringe winner (NYC Fringe) presents blisteringly funny, moving exploration of brotherly love. “He is not a character actor nor a comedian but someone with a perpetual story and an extraordinary talent for engaging an audience. He is frankly funny, uncompromisingly believable, and above all, kind” – Backstage. “Remarkable… a serious artist” – Village Voice. Director: Paul Stein. Original Collaborator & Director: Brian Mendes. Photo by Rich Clark. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Cuban-American, Irish-American, Latino), triathletes, marathon runners. Links: artist, video, related, related2.

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MOTSWANA

MOTSWANA

Written and Performed by Donald MolosiBotswana

Sat., Nov. 17 at 2:00pm (running time: 40 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, music

Motswana simply means “citizen of Botswana.” The Republic of Botswana is one of Africa’s wealthiest countries. This intimate multilingual show satirically questions who exactly can confidently claim to be a Motswana? What unexpected revelations spring up once we acknowledge that African borders were drawn as a fiction fabricated to serve European greed? Is “Motswana” perhaps a misnomer given the migratory nature of African peoples before borders? Join Motswana acting star Donald Molosi in this eye-opening, eye-popping humorous African story barely heard before. Travel with Donald to Botswana through this piece and come back mesmerized, entertained, inspired and touched. (Best Performer, Dialogue ONE Festival 2008. Best Short Solo, United Solo 2011). Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African diaspora), migration studies.

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Let Them Eat Meat

Let Them Eat Meat

Written and Performed by Antonio SacreCalifornia

Sat., Nov. 17 at 4:00pm (running time: 75 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling

United Solo Award for Best Storyteller (2011) and Two-time Best-in-Fringe winner (NYC Fringe) presents blisteringly funny, moving exploration of brotherly love. “He is not a character actor nor a comedian but someone with a perpetual story and an extraordinary talent for engaging an audience. He is frankly funny, uncompromisingly believable, and above all, kind” – Backstage. “Remarkable… a serious artist” – Village Voice. Director: Paul Stein. Original Collaborator & Director: Brian Mendes. Photo by Rich Clark. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Cuban-American, Irish-American, Latino), triathletes, marathon runners. Links: artist, video, related, related2.

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Trevor’s Fire

Trevor’s Fire Bestseller 

Performed by Blake WaltonNew Jersey

Sat., Nov. 17 at 6:00pm (running time: 75 min.) 

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement

Trevor, a magnificent seven-year-old diagnosed with the “ring of fire on the brain,” or ADHD, streaks through a world of dry, flammable kindling that asks him to be “normal,” until a stranger sees his fire as a gift. Like the mythical Phoenix, he must burn brightly before rising from the ashes, healed and able to lead. Director & Playwright: Ann Morrison. Photo by Ann Morrison. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ADD & ADHD communities. Links: artist, show, facebook.

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R. L. at the Crossroads

R.L. at the Crossroads

Performed by Herb NewsomeNew York

Sat., Nov. 17 at 7:30pm (running time: 50 min.) ENCORE*

drama, music

Forced to choose between life or the music he loves, Bluesman Robert Johnson stands trial at the Crossroads with the Devil himself presiding as Judge and Jury. As witnesses take the stand, Johnson confronts his past in an attempt to stay alive and overturn a deal gone bad. Will he succeed or will the Devil win his soul? The battle begins… Director: Steve Broadnax. Playwrights: Steve Broadnax and Charles Dumas. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African American). Link: artist.

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EMERGENCY A La Carte

EMERGENCY A La Carte Sold Out 

Written and Performed by Nancy RedmanNew York

Sat., Nov. 17 at 9:00pm (running time: 70 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, improv

A comedian dies and finds that death is her toughest audience. (Best Comedian, United Solo 2011. Best Directing, United Solo 2010). Director: Austin Pendleton. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, related.

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MOTSWANA

MOTSWANA

Written and Performed by Donald MolosiBotswana

Sun., Nov. 18 at 2:00pm (running time: 40 min.) ENCORE*

drama, comedy, storytelling, music

Motswana simply means “citizen of Botswana.” The Republic of Botswana is one of Africa’s wealthiest countries. This intimate multilingual show satirically questions who exactly can confidently claim to be a Motswana? What unexpected revelations spring up once we acknowledge that African borders were drawn as a fiction fabricated to serve European greed? Is “Motswana” perhaps a misnomer given the migratory nature of African peoples before borders? Join Motswana acting star Donald Molosi in this eye-opening, eye-popping humorous African story barely heard before. Travel with Donald to Botswana through this piece and come back mesmerized, entertained, inspired and touched. (Best Performer, Dialogue ONE Festival 2008. Best Short Solo, United Solo 2011). Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African diaspora), migration studies.

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RIPE

RIPE

Performed by John JilerNew York

Sun., Nov. 18 at 4:00pm (running time: 70 min.) 

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, stand-up

It begins with a man on the phone to a pharmacist, from whom he’s ordering three boxes of diapers; two for his aging parents, and one for his infant son. It’s about being caught in the middle. “Jiler bursts with a wit and vitality that separates living theatre from all entertainment that comes in a can.”  - The New York Times. Director: Sturgis Warner. Photo by Dana Wallace Jr. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Links: artist, related.

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*The ENCORE tag marks productions with solo artists who performed successfully at the Festival in the past and came back to perform two shows this year.

*If you are interested in purchasing tickets for a SOLD-OUT performance, check with the Theatre ROW Box Office on the day of the show. Should there be any last-minute returns, tickets will become available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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