The 4th annual UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL (ARCHIVES)

 

October 3 – November 24, 2013

 

Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street, New York City

 

 

The 4th annual United Solo Theatre Festival concluded its run on November 24, 2013 at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City. An awards ceremony was held that night, following the eight-week-long lineup of the world’s largest solo theatre festival, which offered more than 120 productions this season. Fiona Shaw was present at the event to accept the 2013 United Solo Special Award, as recognition for her outstanding achievements in the art of solo performance, and for promoting this theatrical form to both local and international audiences. More information can be found here.

 

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 Bestseller 

Written and Performed by Sahil FarooqiIndia

Thu 10/3 7:30pm

comedy, tragedy, storytelling, poetry, 60 min.

Based on Sahil Farooqi's semi-autobiographical journey of an immigrant caught between the East and the West. A Brown Monkey Goes To McDonald’s reveals the stories and dreams of a boy moving to America and his continuous search for cultural identity and acceptance in western society. But in the post 9/11 world his dreams of America are changed forever. This exciting solo performance is a mix of storytelling, spoken-word poetry and monologues. Director: Regie Cabico. Photo by Barry Pousman. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Indian, South Asian), all immigrant communities. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Elizardi CastroNew York

Thu 10/3 9:00pm

comedy, storytelling, dance, stand-up, music, 90 min.

Brilliantly funny observation of the universal struggle of planting roots in a new culture. A bold and witty commentary on “Spanglish” culture and a powerful celebration of diversity. Elizardi embarks on a compelling journey to rediscover his culture and find the courage to be a bold voice for his generation. Performed in Chicago, Orlando and New Haven. The NYC debut! Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Co-conceived and Performed by Chrissy HogueIllinois

Fri 10/4 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 60 min.

Through the stories of seven women from every rung of the economic ladder, this hilarious show gets to the heart of the matter of what’s ailing our country, and touches on everything from the college experience to racism, refinancing, repossessions, homosexuality, politicians and magic dogs, in the end inspiring us all to go beyond the laughter and take action. Playwright and Director: Robert Lynn. Photo by Ron Tigges. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, video.

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Performed by Omar PrinceCuba

Fri 10/4 9:00pm

drama, 90 min.

Montgomery Clift (October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American film and stage actor. He played moody, sensitive outsiders and “victim-heroes.” After a disfiguring car crash in 1956, and alcohol and prescription drug abuse, he became erratic. Clift received four Oscar® nominations during his career. This play takes place while he was filming “Freud” for director John Huston. Co-Playwrights: John Lisbon Wood and Omar Prince. Director: John Lisbon Wood. Recommended for: all audiences, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: facebook, review.

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Written and Performed by David BridelUnited Kingdom

Sat 10/5 2:00pm

drama, comedy, improv, poetry, clown, 70 min.

It’s 1797 and tormented English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge is urgently trying to finish his masterpiece, “Kubla Khan,” when a stranger interrupts him. What follows is a hilarious and terrifying descent into despair, addiction, and the eternal search for creative inspiration. SUBLIMITY combines the joy of clowning with the words and spirit of the irrepressible Coleridge. A Four Clowns production. Directors: Jeremy Aluma and David Bridel. Costume Design: Christina Wright. Set Design: Nicholas Santiago. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Vivian NesbittNew Mexico

Sat 10/5 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 52 min.

A play about connection and transformation. Careening through Ireland, bending time and space to understand the legacy of her ancestor, “Eva of the Nation,” Vivian collides with her own identity. Themes of duality, perception and creative expression fill the play with moments of surrender and discovery, juxtaposed with the comedy of human nature. Lighting Design: Karen Perlow. Photo by Wes Naman. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), recovery groups. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Amy De BhrunIreland

Sat 10/5 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 40 min.

Irish actress Amy De Bhrún makes her anticipated return to the NYC stage with her brilliant whirlwind of characters. The wit and acuity with which she executes observational comedy are patent in this clever study of the Female and all her idiosynocrosies. As the “Evening Herald” aptly observed, this show is “guaranteed to have both men and women rolling on the floor with laughter.” Director: Helena Browne. Design: Seán Branigan. Photo by Seán Branigan. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Hilary ChaplainNew York

Sat 10/5 7:30pm

comedy, movement, puppetry, clown, 60 min.

Unconventional and outrageously funny, this award-winning day in a life is a wonderful mix of physical comedy, clown, and serious theatre. “A Lucy Ricardo – Little Tramp hybrid” (TimeOut NY), this quirky physical comedienne exposes her most intimate moments while chasing the elusive promises of happily ever after. Done with pathos and humor. “It’s beautifully funny, sad, and very human.” Charlestown Press. Director: Avner Eisenberg. Accompanist: Kevin Schmidt. Photo by Stephan Schmidt. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, physical comedy. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Gabriela KohenArgentina

Sat 10/5 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 70 min.

This award winning, critically acclaimed autobiographical show examines what it means to grow up Jewish and Latina in NY. From the tango halls of Argentina, to disco 70’s Brooklyn, to the Warsaw Ghetto of the 1940’s, Gabriela Kohen skillfully portrays over 20 characters in English, Spanish, and Yiddish. “A loving yet unflinching family portrait… An extraordinarily efficient and moving hour of entertainment” - New York Magazine Director: Connie Grappo. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Jewish, Latino). Link: review.

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Performed by Nandita ChandraIndia

Sun 10/6 2:00pm

drama, comedy, 30 min.

An artist posing as an environmentalist struggles to survive two months on an Eco-Barge in order to compete for a Guggenheim grant and come to terms with her father’s legacy. Playwright: Natalie Menna. Director: Mark Cirnigliaro. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Obie SimsMaryland

Sun 10/6 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, poetry, 55 min.

“I am” is a one-man show written, produced, and starring Obie Sims. “I am” is a snapshot into the lives of six men and their journey towards self discovery. With an energetic blend of spoken word, comedy, and drama, it is an edgy expression of one’s struggle to find purpose. Co-Producers: Zenda Sims and Sekou White. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Carla CackowskiCalifornia

Sun 10/6 7:30pm

comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Fresh off a four-week run as part of The Solo Collective at Vs. Theatre Company in Los Angeles, Sweatlodged is making its debut performance on the east coast. One chilly night, Carla crawled into a sweat lodge. Then she died. Almost. Carla recounts the experience through personal stories and monologues. “Death’s the worst!” — Carla’s (Almost) Last Words. Director: Paul Stein. Recommended for: all audiences, improvisers, New Agers.

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Written and Performed by Sean Patrick MonahanNew York

Mon 10/7 6:00pm

comedy, tragedy, musical, 60 min.

Desmond Channing, a dethroned high school drama queen, tries to make sense of his impending execution by re-enacting the events leading up to his murder of archenemy Evan Harris in an impromptu prison cabaret performance. “Glee” meets “Dexter.” “La Cage Aux Folles” meets “Richard III.” “All About Eve” meets “The Silence of the Lambs.” Producer: Less Than Rent Theatre. Director: James Presson. Fight Choreographer: Cory Asinofsky. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist.

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Developed and Performed by Talene MonahonMassachusetts

Mon 10/7 7:30pm

documentary, interview-based, 50 min.

At College, social life has its paradoxes. One Ivy-League institution, the original inspiration for Animal House, has been particularly plagued with high-profile hazing exposés, sexual assault scandals, and controversies over campus Greek life. Portraying over twenty-five individuals through their own words, award-winning actress Talene Monahon explores the complex nature of fun at an elite institution. Director: Marina McClure. Stage Manager/Publicity: Eric Shethar. Lighting Design: Stacey Derosier. Sound Design: Cristy Altamirano. Photo by Rob Strong. Recommended for: all audiences, academic communities/institutions. Links: show, video.

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Adapted and Performed by Rory LanceNew York

Mon 10/7 9:00pm

drama, classic, 80 min.

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. Best Period Piece at 2012 United Solo. Director: Robert Ellman. Technical Director: Brandon Zelman. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, video, review.

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Performed by Jonathan CouncilNew Zealand

Tue 10/8 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 55 min.

In seeking his big break, an unlucky American actor is propelled by misfortune to a tiny island in the Pacific where he unearths the forgotten story of Australia's most popular black entertainer of the 19th century, Irving Sayles. “Dark Stars” weaves together the story of these two African-Americans living a hundred years apart, in an examination of racist humor, and the price paid for lusting after fame at the cost of one's dignity. Critics Choice 2013 — TimeOut Melbourne, Australia. Nominated Best Play 2013 — Fringeworld. Playwright and Director: Arthur Meek. Set Design: Sally Tran. Lighting Design: Colin Beardon. Producer: Jonathan Council. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Written and Performed by Eva GrayzelPennsylvania

Tue 10/8 9:00pm

drama, storytelling, audience interactive, 75 min.

An expert on interactive storytelling techniques, Eva Grayzel is handed a diagnosis of stage IV tongue cancer. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, she applied her stage skills to communicate her experience in a powerful way, inspiring audiences with her firsthand account of hardships unanticipated and overcome; courage unknown and discovered; a mother's love tested and triumphant. Director: Stefanie Sertich. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by David BridelUnited Kingdom

Wed 10/9 3:30pm

drama, comedy, improv, poetry, clown, 70 min.

It’s 1797 and tormented English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge is urgently trying to finish his masterpiece, “Kubla Khan,” when a stranger interrupts him. What follows is a hilarious and terrifying descent into despair, addiction, and the eternal search for creative inspiration. SUBLIMITY combines the joy of clowning with the words and spirit of the irrepressible Coleridge. A Four Clowns production. Directors: Jeremy Aluma and David Bridel. Costume Design: Christina Wright. Set Design: Nicholas Santiago. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Maura HalloranCanada

Wed 10/9 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, 55 min.

A lesbian couple whose love is on the rocks, their overly curious landlady and one highly opinionated cat... A tale of love and narcissism, of homophobia and unicorns, of how to forgive The Church and how softball can save your life. Director: Claire Rice. Movement Director: Julianne Fawsitt. Photo by Sarah Roland. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Canadian), cat-lovers. Links: show, artist, review.

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Written and Performed by Josie HydeCalifornia

Wed 10/9 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, poetry, music, multimedia, 80 min.

Boldly original multimedia play of ironies about guilt and transcendence, climaxing in the Amazon in a ceremony with ayahuasca, the visionary Vine of Death. “Your body asleep is kin to your corpse. Occupant elsewhere. Every night we disappear. Without this little dab of perspective, we’d go mad!” “A female Spalding Gray!” The Independent; “Riveting!” Klein Films; “Magical!” Casa Magazine. Director, Video Production: Rani DeMuth. Soundtrack: Tom Lackner. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, video, facebook, other.

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Written and Performed by Sean Patrick MonahanNew York

Thu 10/10 7:30pm

comedy, tragedy, musical, 60 min.

Desmond Channing, a dethroned high school drama queen, tries to make sense of his impending execution by re-enacting the events leading up to his murder of archenemy Evan Harris in an impromptu prison cabaret performance. “Glee” meets “Dexter.” “La Cage Aux Folles” meets “Richard III.” “All About Eve” meets “The Silence of the Lambs.” Producer: Less Than Rent Theatre. Director: James Presson. Fight Choreographer: Cory Asinofsky. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Thu 10/10 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Encore’s aweigh! Fresh from his success with “Garbo,” actor/writer Joe Gulla (bait and) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, funny, fearless and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” shows why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks! Dramamine is NOT included! Winner – Best Comedic Script, United Solo Festival 2012. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Brenda L. JacobsonConnecticut

Fri 10/11 6:00pm

drama, 50 min.

Defiant. Determined. Alone. The courageous story of little-known civil and women's rights activist Prudence Crandall, a white woman who, three decades before the start of the Civil War, opened New England's first school for African-American girls. Playwright and Director: Cindy Wolfe Boynton. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: show.

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Written, Directed and Performed by Missy MaramaraPhilippines

Fri 10/11 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 45 min.

Embark on a journey to stardom with Liz, a Filipino FOB (fresh-off-the-boat) in this funny and heartbreaking quest for Hollywood. In her struggle to become a celebrity, the harsh reality of living the American Dream forces Liz to come to terms with herself. "Love, Liz" is a semi-autobiographical satire of the pursuit of fame and American glamour. Assistant Director: Andrei Pamintuan. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Filipino).

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Performed by Robert JägerhornFinland

Fri 10/11 9:00pm

drama, comedy, magic, 70 min.

Breathtaking news: Alfred Hitchcock’s long-lost first silent film “Number 8” has just been found! The discovery of this thrilling spy story was made by magician Robert Jägerhorn. Due to some unexpected events, Robert is forced to present the story without the film. The show is full of irresistible magic and brilliant comedy, creating an unforgettable evening of magic and laughter! Playwright and Director: Neil Hardwick. Photo by Henrik Schütt. Recommended for: adults, teenagers 16+. Links: show, artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Marisa MarquezNew York

Sat 10/12 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 60 min.

Maligaya is on a mission "to take the pink out of Princess and put it back in the pussy." With her big pitch for a Disney meets "Girls" children's book on the line, stories from her life bubble up to expose a reality that is less than charmed. The show is a mix of fact, fiction and fairy tale. Also, we hope to help open a dialogue of honesty about being a woman, being a parent, and being ourselves - while getting a good laugh. Director and Dramaturg: Kira Onodera. Illustrator: Gabriella Miyares. Stage Manager: Melissa Singson. Photo by Flordelino Lagandino. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, ethnic community (Asian American). Links: show, artist.

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Performed by Tammy MeneghiniColorado

Sat 10/12 4:00pm

drama, movement, 65 min.

Desperate housewives with a twist! This show combines acute, perceptive playwriting with an actor who can “deliver words like steel-toed boots,” (Denver Post) and easily morph from a flamboyant old cabaret hound to a military rape survivor turned vigilante. A menagerie of nine wildly unique, compellingly complex, and carefully-crafted characters, played with force by Tammy Meneghini. A guaranteed "emotional roller coaster" hit. Playwright: David Rush. Director: Jane Page. Stage Manager: Caitlin Gill. Recommended for: adults. Link: other.

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Performed by Brian LunaTexas

Sat 10/12 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, 50 min.

One man’s hilarious and heartwarming tale of poverty, shame, and self-discovery with a certain convenience store as the only constant in his life. When life sucks, grab a spoon straw. Director: Letia Clouston. Stage Manager: Katherine Dudina. Recommended for: immigrants, ethnic community (Latino), people who have experienced economic hardship, Slurpee enthusiasts. Links: artist, show.

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Written and Performed by Alison WearingCanada

Sat 10/12 9:00pm

drama, comedy, multimedia, 70 min.

Bestselling author Alison Wearing's frolicking, scrumptious and hilarity-filled story about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s. Based on her new memoir with Random House, this performance is part of Wearing's international 'theatrical book tour'. 2-TIME WINNER: BEST OF FEST ★★★★★ "Masterful." Theatre in London.ca. "A loveable, daring, heartfelt performance...Come and celebrate." View Magazine. Director: Stuart Cox. Assistant Director and Designer: Catherine Hume. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, video.

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Performed by Mary Ann WalshConnecticut

Sun 10/13 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, multimedia, 60 min.

This play dramatizes the relationship between two sisters—one with Down syndrome. Dreams, personal anecdotes, and mythical fables are interwoven to explore what being “delayed” and “special” means. Several trips to Disney highlight the narrator’s interior experience of a perpetual “Neverland.” Humor is often used to reveal emotions that occur in all families including anger, joy, jealousy, love, resentment, and loss. Playwright: Dianne Bilyak. Director: Sherri Eden Barber. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, siblings, parents & advocates of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Links: artist, other.

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Written and Performed by Alessio BordoniItaly

Sun 10/13 4:00pm

drama, 70 min.

This biographical show is based on the life and crimes of Italian-born swindler Charles Ponzi. In 1920, Ponzi found a way to exploit the rules of American capitalism and rapidly emerged as one of the wealthiest capitalists in the US—at the expense of fifty thousand people. The play is an advocacy against the evils of unchecked capitalism as it exposes the mindset of one man whose primary goal was the pursuit of profit. Director: Rene Migliaccio. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, other.

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Written and Performed by Mina SamuelsNew York

Sun 10/13 6:00pm

storytelling, movement, absurdist, 45 min.

A performance piece in the absurdist tradition, which dives into the chaotic soup of our minds, exposing our worries and enacting our deep seated fear of humiliation if we are “found out.” A combination of spoken word and sometimes-frenetic movement, which brings us face to face with the question of our own significance in the universe. And yes, we are. Director: Lisa Chess. Photo by David Foster. Recommended for: teenagers, adults. Links: show, artist, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Blake WaltonNew Jersey

Sun 10/13 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Blake Walton tells the truth in his poignant and funny evolution to manhood as he finds a profound understanding of his father when he becomes a father himself. “One cannot be what one is naturally, born to be, at the core, not. It ain’t something that comes and goes. It is in the atoms of our being, it is something essential.” 2012 United Solo Best Premiere Award Winner. Director: Ann Morrison. Company Manager: David Coyle. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Suraya Susana KeatingCalifornia

Mon 10/14 6:00pm

drama, storytelling, movement, 50 min.

This agonizingly candid and inspiring solo performance follows Suraya through her most painful experiences teaching drama in prison as she explores Shamanism in an effort to find a “home” in the world. Suraya navigates a swamp of sorrow and deceptions—coping with death and becoming romantically inolved with a drug addict—yet reaims inspired all the while by promise and possibility. Director: Joya Cory. Music: Jonathan Green. Photo by Tanya Constantine. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Alana JacklerNew York

Mon 10/14 7:30pm

dramedy, 50 min.

Hurricane Alana is a whirlwind journey about a girl’s quest to find love and a home. She gets the home, but spends the next nine years fighting floods, carbon monoxide, termite infestation, and power outages. Two hurricanes later, her home is in ruins, and so is her love life. A funny and touching tale, which gets at the heart of hurricanes, and the eye of that stormy thing we call life. Director: Perry Dell'Aquila. Photo by Jeff Koenig. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Eva GrayzelPennsylvania

Mon 10/14 9:00pm

drama, storytelling, audience interactive, 75 min.

An expert on interactive storytelling techniques, Eva Grayzel is handed a diagnosis of stage IV tongue cancer. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, she applied her stage skills to communicate her experience in a powerful way, inspiring audiences with her firsthand account of hardships unanticipated and overcome; courage unknown and discovered; a mother's love tested and triumphant. Director: Stefanie Sertich. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Vicky Araico CasasMexico/United Kingdom

Tue 10/15 7:30pm

drama, comedy, physical, 60 min.

Debates about immigration policy flame daily in the press, feeding political bonfires. Do we forget that each immigrant’s story tells of a unique human destiny? Winner of a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival (2012) and nominated for an Off West End Award for best female performance (2014), this is a powerful show based on true stories of immigrants to the UK that will make you think, laugh and cry! Director: Nir Paldi. Music: Adam Pleeth. Playwrights: Vicky Araico Casas & Nir Paldi. Photo by Ludovic Des Cognets. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Latin American, Mexican). Links: show, video, review, review2.

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Performed by Jane RidleyUnited Kingdom

Tue 10/15 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, music, classic, 90 min.

“One-person shows require three things. Terrific subject. Good writing. And a strong actor. Mrs. Kemble's Tempest, has all three in abundance.” (Lancaster-Journal). Join the Victorian superstar as she mines Shakespeare’s canon for everything from international romance to the Civil War. “Ridley is glorious…leaps from character to character…a laugh-out-loud show that rakes the heart.” (Edinburgh Fringe Hairline-Magazine)★★★★★ Accompanist: Joshua T Harvey. Playwright: Tom Ziegler. Director: Jere Hodgin. Set Design: Daniel Robinson. Costume Design: Beth Dunkelberger. Technical Director: Thomas Anderson. Photo by Daniel Robinson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African American), women, history buffs. Link: show.

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Performed by Annette GuarrasiNew York

Wed 10/16 3:30pm

drama, comedy, 40 min.

When a woman comes to terms with pregnancy, it ain’t pretty. Director: Nina Morrison. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Performed by John FicoNew York

Wed 10/16 7:30pm

drama, 50 min.

Vincent is desperate to have one good year before he falls into what could be Alzheimer’s. Should he tell Jerry before the wedding, and give him a chance to back out? Hit from 2012 Edinburgh Fringe and 2013 Orlando Fringe. “A bittersweet romantic comedy… executed with tenderness and dry humor.” (Scotsman) “Humor and humanity… a show for everyone.” (EdFringe Review). Director: John FitzGibbon. Playwright: Monica Bauer. Photo by Ellis Gaskell. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, anyone involved with Alzheimer's disease. Links: show, artist.

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Performed by Ana AsensioSpain

Wed 10/16 9:00pm

comedy, 60 min.

Mica has been fired for being brutally honest and for doing her job. At 38, she is writing her CV mercilessly (professional, emotional and sexual). This is the CV of a generation caught off guard by the crisis and hooked to whatsapp. Best International Show Award at 2012 United Solo. Playwright: Paloma Bravo. Adaptation: Ana Asensio, Paloma Bravo and Jean Randich. Director: Jean Randich. Lighting and Set Design: Jiyoun Chang. Costume Design: Geanme Marin. Producer: Ana Asensio. Photo by Tomas Ondarra. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Links: artist, facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Jonathan CouncilNew Zealand

Thu 10/17 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 55 min.

In seeking his big break, an unlucky American actor is propelled by misfortune to a tiny island in the Pacific where he unearths the forgotten story of Australia's most popular black entertainer of the 19th century, Irving Sayles. “Dark Stars” weaves together the story of these two African-Americans living a hundred years apart, in an examination of racist humor, and the price paid for lusting after fame at the cost of one's dignity. Critics Choice 2013 — TimeOut Melbourne, Australia. Nominated Best Play 2013 — Fringeworld. Playwright and Director: Arthur Meek. Set Design: Sally Tran. Lighting Design: Colin Beardon. Producer: Jonathan Council. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Performed by Lorraine OlsenCalifornia

Thu 10/17 9:00pm

drama, comedy, dance, movement, 65 min.

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: Maggie Low. Producer/Dramatist: Val Hendrickson. Recommended for: adults. Links: review, other.

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Written and Performed by Liz FemiNigeria

Fri 10/18 6:00pm

comedy, 60 min.

Comedy about a middle-class Nigerian third-grader who dreams of becoming poor to win the heart of her popular classmate. Inspired by true events, this “upside-down Cinderella story” is witty and wise, hilarious and heartfelt. Audiences are offered a fresh glimpse of African life as they meet a girl eager to reject herself to feel like she belongs. Director: Jane Morris. Recommended for: all audiences, children 12+. Links: show, artist, video.

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Performed by Mark William LindbergNew York

Fri 10/18 7:30pm

storytelling, poetry, classic, 40 min.

Emerging performance artist Mark William Lindberg navigates the complex emotional landscape of T.S. Eliot's masterwork, bringing to life both its tragedy and humor. Lindberg journeys through the restlessly shifting characters, settings, and styles of “The Waste Land” in search of the poem’s spiritual core in a performance inspired by Eliot’s life and his first wife’s descent into madness. Text: T.S. Eliot. Director: Brad Raimondo. Design: Alexandra Roffey. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Christian MoraldeArizona

Fri 10/18 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 90 min.

What happens to a fat, OCD-ridden Filipino boy with a nun-like mom? He grows up with models, searching for fame and a Rolex watch with a history. “DON’T CALL ME WALTER!” is Moralde’s critically acclaimed personal story filled with celebrity encounters, biting humor and candid drama. Seen by audiences across the country, this marks its NYC premiere! Director: Charles St. Claire. Producer and Stage Manager: Dana Kenerson. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Filipino Americans). Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Eden WalkerNew York

Sat 10/19 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, multimedia, 60 min.

A total outsider embraces her hyper-individuality to the extreme, into a dream of suicide and space travel that lands her back on solid earth. Set in Seattle, in a tale inspired by Dostoyevsky, the American soul is flayed, Russian style, by one of the most unflinching prophets of modern life. Dark Figure: Mark Bird. Playwright: Philip Atlakson. Stage Manager: Jacob Walker. Photo by Jessica Hollenstein. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community.

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Written and Performed by Jim ShankmanNew York

Sat 10/19 4:00pm

drama, 70 min.

Danny is an eloquent, delusional homeless man who lives in Tompkins Square Park on the borderline between reality and fantasy. Is he a sex criminal just out of Attica, or a street wino who hasn’t had his meds today? Either way, his Saturday night is being filmed for reality TV and he is about to give the performance of his life. Director: Craig George. Photo by Todd Johnson. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Dihlon McManneNew Jersey

Sat 10/19 7:30pm

drama, comedy, dance, movement, improv, music, 60 min.

When I was 19 in the summer of 1973, two of my best friends and I dropped pure, liquid LSD-25 in a dumpy little apartment in Elizabeth, NJ. The experience was profound. I take you on my journey through a teenage wasteland of rock’n’roll and outrageous behavior. An emotional roller coaster you won't soon forget. Director: B. C. Hickey. Assistant Director: Jarrod DiGiorgi. Music and Sound Design: Dihlon McManne and Roy Finch. Photo by Rae K. du SSollae. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Heldine Alora AguiluzCalifornia

Sat 10/19 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 45 min.

A young Filipina-American reveals episodes of her challenging life. She confronts the mystery of her origin and her experience with molestation in an attempt to crush the damaging shadows of her past and find a love of self. Director: Debra De Liso. Photo by Karin Schneider and Brandon Laatsch. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Filipino, Asian), sexual abuse awareness, self-esteem groups, adoption community. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by YokkoJapan

Sun 10/20 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 60 min.

A courageous Japanese woman discovers her father’s love only after she loses her hair and skin. In this fearless, funny and personal show, Yokko brings to life nearly a dozen characters, merging movement and memories into a narrative exploring kinship, cultural expectations and personal identity and weaves the fantastic with the ordinary in her ongoing search for a singular voice. Director: Kaitlyn Samuel. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Japanese). Links: show, artist, review.

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Written and Performed by Steve MizeTexas

Sun 10/20 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

The hilarious journey of one’s man’s battle against the IRS. A true David & Goliath story told through receipts, anxiety and diet soda. En route, he audits his life & confronts his own inner dilemma. Director: Rafeal Clements. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, artists, accountants, tax preparers.

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Written and Performed by Max KrossUnited Kingdom

Sun 10/20 6:00pm

comedy, storytelling, stand-up, improv, musical, 60 min.

Max Kross will do anything to get to the top. Even, maybe, you. Fresh off The Edinburgh Fringe with runs at The Duplex, Gotham, Eastville, and PIT, you could be our whimsical antihero's next conquest. Called exhilarating, edgy, and mind-blowing by NBC News, this cabaret romp is sure to get under your skin, and if you're lucky, your panties. Photo by Nir Arieli. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (African American, Jewish, Asian, Hispanic), dancers, actors, college students. Links: artist, video, facebook, other.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Sun 10/20 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Encore’s aweigh! Fresh from his success with “Garbo,” actor/writer Joe Gulla (bait and) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, funny, fearless and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” shows why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks! Dramamine is NOT included! Winner – Best Comedic Script, United Solo Festival 2012. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Brian LunaTexas

Mon 10/21 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, 50 min.

One man’s hilarious and heartwarming tale of poverty, shame, and self-discovery with a certain convenience store as the only constant in his life. When life sucks, grab a spoon straw. Director: Letia Clouston. Stage Manager: Katherine Dudina. Recommended for: immigrants, ethnic community (Latino), people who have experienced economic hardship, Slurpee enthusiasts. Links: artist, show.

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Adapted and Performed by Roger WestbergSweden

Mon 10/21 9:00pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, movement, music, 100 min.

Playing all twenty characters in this riotous and clever adaptation of Shakespere’s epic “Hamlet,” mime Roger Westberg ignites the stage from the very moment he graces it, showcasing his brilliant, enduring craft. Music Accompanist: Jörgen Aggeklint. Translation to English: Eva C Johansson. Text: William Shakespeare. Costume Design: Lotta Danfors, Åse Martinussen. Lighting Design: Pär Ibbing. Producer: Yvonne Granath. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Link: show.

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Performed and Directed by Hendrik ToompereEstonia

Tue 10/22 7:30pm

drama, 55 min.

Containing elements of grotesque, “Solo” is an ironical drama. The character is a spectacular criminal, destroying in his peculiar way humanity's cultural heritage, advertising a wasteful lifestyle in the light of global crises. By collecting, cooking and eating priceless paintings, he believes he can acquire the spiritual energy of famous masters. But there is a reason for it. He was humiliated. Playwright: Ervin Õunapuu. Producer: Märt Meos. Sound and Light: Raido Talvend. Recommended for: adults.

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Written and Performed by Jude NaritaCalifornia

Tue 10/22 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 70 min.

A Newscaster, Cambodian immigrant, picture bride, Vietnamese former student, and a Karma guru are some of the women in this “inspiring show that shows the diversity of the Asian American experience. The writing is tender, hilarious…This heartfelt—and sometimes heartbreaking—performance by Ms. Narita shows all of us the power that the stage has to change the world." - Andrea Louie, Asian American Arts Alliance. Director: Darling Narita. Dramaturgical Support: Cobi Narita. Accompanist: Frank Owens. Stage Manager: Willie-Mae Perry. Production Support: Roderick Bradley. Photo by Roderick Bradley. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Asian American), women's groups, peace & anti-war groups. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Doug MotelNew York

Wed 10/23 3:30pm

drama, comedy, 75 min.

Welcome to the Shiva Arms, a run-down Hollywood apartment building that is home to the most dysfunctional group of tenants in all of L.A. In this Ovation and L.A. Weekly Award-winning show, Doug Motel portrays eleven colorful residents; from Aussie handymen to “B” movie actresses. This band of misfits takes us on a hilarious and touching spiritual odyssey. Photo by Taylor Hooper Photography. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBT community, New Thought Spirituality. Links: artist, video, review, other.

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Written and Performed by Sean Patrick MonahanNew York

Wed 10/23 7:30pm

comedy, tragedy, musical, 60 min.

Desmond Channing, a dethroned high school drama queen, tries to make sense of his impending execution by re-enacting the events leading up to his murder of archenemy Evan Harris in an impromptu prison cabaret performance. “Glee” meets “Dexter.” “La Cage Aux Folles” meets “Richard III.” “All About Eve” meets “The Silence of the Lambs.” Producer: Less Than Rent Theatre. Director: James Presson. Fight Choreographer: Cory Asinofsky. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Stella ValenteCalifornia

Wed 10/23 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, movement, stand-up, 85 min.

Stella Valente, comic and dancer, takes you on a raucous romp in search of grace. Armed with blind optimism, Stella journeys to Buenos Aires and learns the ultimate lesson, why fight when you can TANGO! “Best of Hollywood Fringe.” “Life affirming, funny and poignant.” “A charming narrative fueled by Valentes’ self-deprecating charisma and sinuous, high-heeled grooving” — LA Weekly Director: Paul Messinger. Photo by Josh Fong. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Mina SamuelsNew York

Thu 10/24 7:30pm

storytelling, movement, absurdist, 45 min.

A performance piece in the absurdist tradition, which dives into the chaotic soup of our minds, exposing our worries and enacting our deep seated fear of humiliation if we are “found out.” A combination of spoken word and sometimes-frenetic movement, which brings us face to face with the question of our own significance in the universe. And yes, we are. Director: Lisa Chess. Photo by David Foster. Recommended for: teenagers, adults. Links: show, artist, facebook.

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Performed by Michael AbourizkNew York

Thu 10/24 9:00pm

drama, multimedia, classic, 80 min.

“What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?…” This one-man show adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s darkest and most controversial novel is told through the eyes of Dorian Gray. It is a chilling story of sin, corruption and the secret desires within us all… Playwright and Director: Darya Gerasimenko. Projection Design: Ilya Gerasimenko. Photo by Ilya Gerasimenko. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, Oscar Wilde enthusiasts. Links: show, artist.

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Developed and Performed by Talene MonahonMassachusetts

Fri 10/25 6:00pm

documentary, interview-based, 50 min.

At College, social life has its paradoxes. One Ivy-League institution, the original inspiration for Animal House, has been particularly plagued with high-profile hazing exposés, sexual assault scandals, and controversies over campus Greek life. Portraying over twenty-five individuals through their own words, award-winning actress Talene Monahon explores the complex nature of fun at an elite institution. Director: Marina McClure. Stage Manager/Publicity: Eric Shethar. Lighting Design: Stacey Derosier. Sound Design: Cristy Altamirano. Photo by Rob Strong. Recommended for: all audiences, academic communities/institutions. Links: show, video.

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Written and Performed by Liliana AshmanNew Mexico

Fri 10/25 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 40 min.

Where are you from? Where is your home? A girl is nearly deported from Ireland. So what’s the big deal? Lili seeks to find the answer through her personal experience within the quagmire of immigration. From Ireland to her native New Mexico Lili explores immigration and why it’s an issue everyone is so damned worried about. Director/Stage Manager: Amy Fox. Dramaturg: Malu Bremer. Map Design: Sarah Ahern. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Irish). Link: facebook.

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Performed by Laurel DevenieNew Zealand

Fri 10/25 9:00pm

drama, 95 min.

A crippled English woman arrives to a savage land charged with civilising the natives and, instead, discovers the key to her liberation. Mary Ann Martin came to New Zealand in 1841, the young wife of New Zealand's first chief justice. They set up home in Parnell. Intrepid, intelligent and possessing a great sense of humour, she disregarded her personal disability, set about learning Te Reo, established a makeshift hospital for Maori on the beach at Judges Bay and dared to dream of all that was possible in this brave new world. Playwright: Arthur Meek. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (New Zealanders).

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Written and Performed by Justin DobringKentucky

Sat 10/26 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 55 min.

J.D. Pryor has a three-phase process that will grant you enlightenment. The first phase is to shut up. As Mr. Pryor enthusiastically proclaims the power of his preposterous process his life's journey unravels in “a hilarious and energetic trail of chaos and ridiculousness” — LEO Weekly. Severed limbs, half-eaten saxophones, Rye Whiskey, desperation and jubilation, nothing is sacred and everything matters. Come to My Forest and Shut Up. Director: Rachael Dobring. Movement Coach: Adrian Blue. Composer: Bob Bertke. Co-Director: Gabe Mckinney. Recommended for: adults.

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Written and Performed by Ann TalmanNew York

Sat 10/26 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Woody was eight when he asked his parents for a sibling the only way a bright, nonverbal, cerebral palsied boy could — he pointed to Mom's tummy and Dad’s… lap. The result: Ann — an actress/comedian torn between her Broadway career (playing Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter) and being her brother’s loving caregiver. How do you live your own life when you’re WOODY’S ORDER? Developed with: Matt Hoverman. Director: Kel Haney. Stage Manager: Meghan Fisher. Recommended for: all audiences, families of those with special needs, caregivers, special educators, parents, baby boomers. Links: artist, show, video, video2, video3, facebook.

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Co-conceived and Performed by Chrissy HogueIllinois

Sat 10/26 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 60 min.

Through the stories of seven women from every rung of the economic ladder, this hilarious show gets to the heart of the matter of what’s ailing our country, and touches on everything from the college experience to racism, refinancing, repossessions, homosexuality, politicians and magic dogs, in the end inspiring us all to go beyond the laughter and take action. Playwright and Director: Robert Lynn. Photo by Ron Tigges. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Puja MohindraCalifornia

Sat 10/26 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, movement, multimedia, 90 min.

Geeta Gidwani doesn't want the arranged marriage her parents have. She's an American girl and wants to fall madly in love, like she's seen in Shakespeare, Bollywood movies and her favorite show, "Friends." But, after a family trip to a holy Indian temple inspires her to wish for a soulmate, she meets Manish, standing at the corner of tradition and fairytale. Dramaturg: Rafael Casal. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (South Asian, Indian). Links: artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Blake WaltonNew Jersey

Sun 10/27 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Blake Walton tells the truth in his poignant and funny evolution to manhood as he finds a profound understanding of his father when he becomes a father himself. “One cannot be what one is naturally, born to be, at the core, not. It ain’t something that comes and goes. It is in the atoms of our being, it is something essential.” 2012 United Solo Best Premiere Award Winner. Director: Ann Morrison. Company Manager: David Coyle. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, facebook.

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Performed by Chuck MuckleNew York

Sun 10/27 4:00pm

drama, music, 90 min.

Veteran New York stage actor Chuck Muckle stars in Joel Kimmel’s acclaimed one-man show “At Wit’s End,” portraying Oscar Levant, the actor/pianist and composer dubbed “America’s favorite neurotic.” Levant co-starred in the classic films “An American in Paris” and “The Bandwagon.” Among his memorable remarks: “There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased that line.” Playwright: Joel Kimmel. Photo by Lance Ringel. Recommended for: adults, ethnic community (Jewish), seniors. Links: artist, video, review, facebook.

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Performed by Mary Ann WalshConnecticut

Sun 10/27 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, multimedia, 60 min.

This play dramatizes the relationship between two sisters—one with Down syndrome. Dreams, personal anecdotes, and mythical fables are interwoven to explore what being “delayed” and “special” means. Several trips to Disney highlight the narrator’s interior experience of a perpetual “Neverland.” Humor is often used to reveal emotions that occur in all families including anger, joy, jealousy, love, resentment, and loss. Playwright: Dianne Bilyak. Director: Sherri Eden Barber. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, siblings, parents & advocates of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Links: artist, other.

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Written and Performed by Grace KileyNew York

Sun 10/27 7:30pm

drama, 65 min.

This award-winning show is a personal look at the life of Hollywood legend turned real-life princess, Grace Kelly. The woman Hitchcock called “a volcano covered with snow” becomes a cautionary tale about abandoning one’s dreams, “seems to belong to an older, deeper age with its subtlety and courage. Kiley’s insight into this familiar story…is profound and mature.” 2012 United Solo Best One-Woman Show, Best Direction and Best Makeup Awards Winner. Director: Austin Pendleton. Hair & Makeup: Elle Murphy. Costume Design: Katalin Varga. Set Design: Brian Tubbs. Lighting Design: Giovanni Villari. Vocal: Debbie Damp. Photo by Claus Eggers. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Link: artist.

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Performed by Lorraine OlsenCalifornia

Mon 10/28 6:00pm

drama, comedy, dance, movement, 65 min.

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: Maggie Low. Producer/Dramatist: Val Hendrickson. Recommended for: adults. Links: review, other.

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Written and Performed by Liliana AshmanNew Mexico

Mon 10/28 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 40 min.

Where are you from? Where is your home? A girl is nearly deported from Ireland. So what’s the big deal? Lili seeks to find the answer through her personal experience within the quagmire of immigration. From Ireland to her native New Mexico Lili explores immigration and why it’s an issue everyone is so damned worried about. Director/Stage Manager: Amy Fox. Dramaturg: Malu Bremer. Map Design: Sarah Ahern. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Irish). Link: facebook.

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Written and Performed by Adam StraussNew York

Mon 10/28 9:00pm

comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms can potentially cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on his own program of vigilante psychopharmacology. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, review, review2, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Michele MillerNew Jersey

Tue 10/29 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 45 min.

Ms. M appears to be an ‘unbreakable’ teacher…or is that what she puts on for the cameras? How To Be A Successful Teacher is relatable for all individuals who ever valued a dedicated teacher or who have an unflappable devotion to doing what they love most. Director: Mary McGinley. Dramaturg: Paula Alekson. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, educators, arts administrators. Link: facebook.

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Written and Performed by Jeremie BrackaAustralia/Israel

Tue 10/29 9:00pm

drama, comedy, stand-up, music, multimedia, 75 min.

Lawyer by day, actor by night Jeremie Bracka’s hilarious one-man political comedy “Arafat in Therapy” satirizes the Middle-East peace process through farce, mockumentary and autobiographical monologue. It is a journey through Jeremie’s experiences as a human rights lawyer in Israel and at the U.N., playing more than 20 different characters. “Energetic. Extraordinary. Melbourne’s very own Sasha Baron Cohen” ★★★★ Time Out New York, 2007. Music Accompanist: Tomi Kalinski. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Jewish), human rights groups, lawyers, UN workers. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Deb RadloffNew York

Wed 10/30 3:30pm

drama, comedy, 50 min.

“I come, I share, I talk and what do I get?” That’s the motto of Dore Schecter, the protagonist of Deb Radloff’s hilarious and poignant play about a Jewish mother, angst, and an unexpected addiction. Unlike most stories of family dysfunction, Mother Knows Best will make you laugh, cringe, and maybe even want an apple strudel rugelach from Katz’s Deli! Director: Elyzabeth Gorman. Assitant Director/Associate Producer: Blayze Teicher. Stage Manager: Mary Capers. Photo by Blayze Teicher. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish). Links: show, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Tiffany PhillipsCalifornia

Wed 10/30 7:30pm

comedy, storytelling, 55 min.

“The way Tiffany Phillips manipulates her face, her voice, her body language to form brand new personas displays the talent of a burgeoning Whoopi Goldberg” – Jonas Schwartz, Theatermania. Bad decisions make good stories. A comical journey through the “jerk” phase of a single girl’s life. Relatable to both men and women, the woes of dating are a universal theme. Directors: Jonisha Rios and Kelly Kinsella. Producer: Tiffany Phillips. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, video, facebook, review.

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Written and Performed by Taffy McCarthyMassachusetts

Wed 10/30 9:00pm

drama, comedy, movement, improv, music, mask, 75 min.

Told from the perspective of the mystified middle child, this humorous and poignant coming-of-age story creates a sense of time, place, and family that is firmly rooted in childhood. With unforgettable characters and unflinching honesty, the piece transcends the personal journey of one childhood and expresses something universal about the wonder of growing up. Director: Kaf Warman. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Written and Performed by Sean Patrick MonahanNew York

Thu 10/31 7:30pm

comedy, tragedy, musical, 60 min.

Desmond Channing, a dethroned high school drama queen, tries to make sense of his impending execution by re-enacting the events leading up to his murder of archenemy Evan Harris in an impromptu prison cabaret performance. “Glee” meets “Dexter.” “La Cage Aux Folles” meets “Richard III.” “All About Eve” meets “The Silence of the Lambs.” Producer: Less Than Rent Theatre. Director: James Presson. Fight Choreographer: Cory Asinofsky. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Frank IngrasciottaNew York

Thu 10/31 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 90 min.

2012 United Solo Award Winner (Best Comedian). A funny and tender coming-of-age story exploring the first-generation American’s delicate dance between culture and identity! Come meet more than twenty 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! Photo by Carol Rosegg. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (European, Asian, Latino, Indian and Arabic). Links: show, artist, video, review.

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Written and Performed by Lyle CogenNew York

Fri 11/1 6:00pm

drama, musical, kids, 53 min.

“Sticks and Stones” is a musical about bullying, originally commissioned by the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (NY) with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. The play tells the story of four adolescents and two adults and how they cope with the critical impact of bullying. “Sticks and Stones” is a story about multiple perspectives — as the characters’ worlds collide, the play captures the authenticity of adolescent crisis and peer pressure and explores the power of the not-so-innocent bystander. Director: Stephanie Turner. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, video, facebook, review.

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Written and Performed by Jesse LaVercombeMinnesota

Fri 11/1 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, 20 min.

A bouffon (anti-clown) calmly sits in the electric chair, on his way heaven. He doesn’t envy you. You came to watch him die. Are you ready to hear his last words? “It challenged my assumptions of what I thought clowns were all about…Well paced and chillingly told.” — Roger Cullman, blogTO. “Both hilarious and uncomfortable.” — Scott Shannon, Nasty Shadows. Director: Adam Lazarus. Dramaturg: Jodi Essery. Recommended for: adults. Link: facebook.

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Written and Performed by Linn LorkinNew Zealand

Fri 11/1 9:00pm

comedy, storytelling, music, musical, 80 min.

Kiwi farm-girl wows '80s Manhattan! A fabulous ride from downtown's $20-a-night gigs to uptown's swanky ivories with stops along the way for love, marriage and the miracle of writing songs. A spirited story-line and knock-out, catchy tunes combine seamlessly to create what Lorkin calls her "truesical musical". An Edinburgh Fringe ThreeWeeks "Pick of the Festival" 2012. Director: Collette Black. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Stephanie SatieCalifornia

Sat 11/2 2:00pm

drama, storytelling, 75 min.

They were kids; they were pretty. They were hidden “on the outside,” satellites spinning in their own private orbit until decades later, they land on one doorstep in Los Angeles. Here they tell their stories for the first time. A moving, uplifting play based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust. Director: Anita Khanzadian. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Jewish), child survivors, children of survivors, women. Links: show, video.

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Performed by Misha BouvionCalifornia

Sat 11/2 4:00pm

drama, poetry, classic, 50 min.

Shakespeare’s Venus & Adonis tells the story of what happens when Venus is rejected. Through the course of re-telling her story of unrequited love and loss we see a powerful sexual God, reduced to a vulnerable, heartbroken woman. A story anyone who has loved and lost can relate to. This production proves how funny & sexy Shakespeare can be. Director: David Mancini. Photo by Rachel Owens. Recommended for: all audiences, adults, theatre community, Shakespeare enthusiasts. Links: video, review.

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Performed by Julia Rosa StocklAustria

Sat 11/2 7:30pm

drama, silent, 45 min.

Shanghai, Paris, New York — The radical acceleration of processes in working life force the young Tyrolean manager Elisabeth into an existence of a modern “job-nomad.” She moves in a frantic state of stagnancy — childless, alienated from relationships, reduced to her professional persona, without a place to call home. Director: Reinhard Goeber. Playwright: Stockl & Goeber. Costume Design: Margret Schiestl. Photo by Philipp Baben der Erde. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Created and Performed by ElizaBeth BandoTexas

Sat 11/2 9:00pm

drama, music, cabaret, 90 min.

Acet-o-philous or Vinegar Love: Monologue, song and story weave episodes of magic, near loss and full life. A toddler in the ICU; a visitation from a ball of light; a sundog rainbow in the sky; a ‘sound bath.’ Transformation and heart – all belong to the awakenings brought about through Vinegar Love. Accompanist: David Haskins. Director: ElizaBeth Bando. Photo by Joe Carpenter. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, holistic healing & spirituality.

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Written and Performed by Rachel NelsonMinnesota

Sun 11/3 2:00pm

drama, storytelling, movement, music, musical, 60 min.

A coming-of-age musical tale about coming out, sobering up, and street busking. This hermit finds her voice through music. “Master storyteller” — Duluth News Tribune; “Nelson blooms as a street busker” — Duluth Reader; “Nelson plays a mean fiddle” - Orlando Sentinel; “compelling autobiography with just the right punctuation of brilliant musicianship [and] vivid storytelling”; “real, human connection” — audience reviews. Director/Dramaturg: Beth Brooks. Production/Promotion: Linda Melcher. Photo by John Blumenfeld. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Kirk MarshIowa

Sun 11/3 4:00pm

comedy, movement, magic, juggling, 50 min.

Life, like toast, can't be rushed and one must enjoy the journey. This physically comedic story looks at one man's life along the way to perfect toast. Juggling, comedy, and magical moments all combine to make this all-ages show, with no language barrier, a delight for all. Director: Leland Faulkner. Concept: Todd Zimmerman and Kirk Marsh. Photo by The Studio Entrance. Recommended for: all audiences, hearing impaired. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Jeremie BrackaAustralia/Israel

Sun 11/3 6:00pm

drama, comedy, stand-up, music, multimedia, 75 min.

Lawyer by day, actor by night Jeremie Bracka’s hilarious one-man political comedy “Arafat in Therapy” satirizes the Middle-East peace process through farce, mockumentary and autobiographical monologue. It is a journey through Jeremie’s experiences as a human rights lawyer in Israel and at the U.N., playing more than 20 different characters. “Energetic. Extraordinary. Melbourne’s very own Sasha Baron Cohen” ★★★★ Time Out New York, 2007. Music Accompanist: Tomi Kalinski. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Jewish), human rights groups, lawyers, UN workers. Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Jane RidleyUnited Kingdom

Sun 11/3 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, music, classic, 90 min.

“One-person shows require three things. Terrific subject. Good writing. And a strong actor. Mrs. Kemble's Tempest, has all three in abundance.” (Lancaster-Journal). Join the Victorian superstar as she mines Shakespeare’s canon for everything from international romance to the Civil War. “Ridley is glorious…leaps from character to character…a laugh-out-loud show that rakes the heart.” (Edinburgh Fringe Hairline-Magazine)★★★★★ Accompanist: Joshua T Harvey. Playwright: Tom Ziegler. Director: Jere Hodgin. Set Design: Daniel Robinson. Costume Design: Beth Dunkelberger. Technical Director: Thomas Anderson. Photo by Daniel Robinson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African American), women, history buffs. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Jeremie BrackaAustralia/Israel

Mon 11/4 6:00pm

drama, comedy, stand-up, music, multimedia, 75 min.

Lawyer by day, actor by night Jeremie Bracka’s hilarious one-man political comedy “Arafat in Therapy” satirizes the Middle-East peace process through farce, mockumentary and autobiographical monologue. It is a journey through Jeremie’s experiences as a human rights lawyer in Israel and at the U.N., playing more than 20 different characters. “Energetic. Extraordinary. Melbourne’s very own Sasha Baron Cohen” ★★★★ Time Out New York, 2007. Music Accompanist: Tomi Kalinski. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Jewish), human rights groups, lawyers, UN workers. Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Brian LunaTexas

Mon 11/4 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, 50 min.

One man’s hilarious and heartwarming tale of poverty, shame, and self-discovery with a certain convenience store as the only constant in his life. When life sucks, grab a spoon straw. Director: Letia Clouston. Stage Manager: Katherine Dudina. Recommended for: immigrants, ethnic community (Latino), people who have experienced economic hardship, Slurpee enthusiasts. Links: artist, show.

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Written and Performed by Elise Forier EdieWashington

Mon 11/4 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, multimedia, 100 min.

A befuddled Christian widow must navigate lawsuits, discrimination, church and family in a conservative Texas town, when her teenaged daughter suddenly announces she is genderqueer and starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. A comedy about love, faith, advocacy and big hair. Stage Manager: Spencer Clouse. Costume, Wigs and Makeup Design: M. Catherine McMillen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, video, review.

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Written and Performed by Christel BartelseCanada

Tue 11/5 7:30pm

comedy, 60 min.

Meet Caroline Bierman — an uncompromising perfectionist who opts to reinvent a long-standing social convention and marries herself. The audience joins Caroline as her family and friends on her unusual wedding day and follows along on her beach vacation. 2011 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee “Best One Person Show.” “This one-derful and entertaining production is definitely worth checking out” ★★★★★ Victoria Times Colonist. Director: LJ Nelles. Recommended for: teenagers, adults. Links: artist, review.

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Written and Performed by Laura ZamDistrict of Columbia

Tue 11/5 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 85 min.

The wild world of women's sexual dysfunction! On Laura's honeymoon in Rome, she unearths...problems. Searching for a solution, she encounters an insane hypnotist, a jet-setting tantric mistress, a cynical sex therapist, a horny rabbi, and more. Want relationship tips? Come. It’s a show you’re definitely in the mood for! Director: Shirley Serotsky. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish), married couples, women, people who have sexual problems, men and women who've been sexually abused/assaulted. Links: artist, video, review, other.

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Written and Performed by Berry BasileNew Jersey

Wed 11/6 3:30pm

comedy, 50 min.

Toss a Jersey girl into some big city acting classes with Scarlett Johansson and Rosario Dawson… and then throw her into the dating pool with a bunch of trust fund kids and she’ll soon discover that there might just be a method to the madness as she searches for her Meatiest Role! Director: Peter Michael Marino. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Written and Performed by Thom VernonMichigan

Wed 11/6 7:00pm

drama, literary, 60 min.

Queer, southern, gothic. Faulkner meets O’Connor meets McCullers. A trans-dad, a housewife, her husband, his lover and a calf fight their sex in a mean Arkansas blizzard. Audiences have said: “Hilarious, heartbreaking” “raw”; the “voices are stricken, desperate, dangerously poetic”; “a muscular grace…nothing cliché...”; “very highly recommended.” thom vernon (Seinfeld, Grace Under Fire, The Fugitive, etc.) performs his novel solo. Dramaturg: Maja Ardal. Original Music: Lyon Smith. Photo by Shaima al-Khalili. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Southern), queer, literary, feminist, gender. Links: show, artist, video, review.

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Written and Performed by Puja MohindraCalifornia

Wed 11/6 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, movement, multimedia, 90 min.

Geeta Gidwani doesn't want the arranged marriage her parents have. She's an American girl and wants to fall madly in love, like she's seen in Shakespeare, Bollywood movies and her favorite show, "Friends." But, after a family trip to a holy Indian temple inspires her to wish for a soulmate, she meets Manish, standing at the corner of tradition and fairytale. Dramaturg: Rafael Casal. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (South Asian, Indian). Links: artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Hilary ChaplainNew York

Thu 11/7 7:30pm

comedy, movement, puppetry, clown, 60 min.

Unconventional and outrageously funny, this award-winning day in a life is a wonderful mix of physical comedy, clown, and serious theatre. “A Lucy Ricardo – Little Tramp hybrid” (TimeOut NY), this quirky physical comedienne exposes her most intimate moments while chasing the elusive promises of happily ever after. Done with pathos and humor. “It’s beautifully funny, sad, and very human.” Charlestown Press. Director: Avner Eisenberg. Accompanist: Kevin Schmidt. Photo by Stephan Schmidt. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, physical comedy. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Nathan JamesPennsylvania

Thu 11/7 9:00pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, movement, poetry, music, 75 min.

“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. Photo by Penn State School of Photography. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Eileen TullOhio

Fri 11/8 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 50 min.

When you’ve taken Jesus as your boyfriend, you might need more than a miracle to get life figured out. Like Gilda Radner in a Beckett play, this explosive one-woman piece tangos with (un)wavering faith, love by vending machine light, the path to self-discovery, and a mystical blessed vegetable. Answers to all existential crises guaranteed. Stage Manager: Chelsea Camp. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Links: show, artist.

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Directed and Performed by Makoto InoueJapan

Fri 11/8 7:30pm

mime, 45 min.

The New York premiere of a solo and non-verbal adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. “Richard” was awarded the Golden Medal at the International Mime Festival. “If you don't know ‘Richard Third,’ you will still be mesmerized” — Edinburgh Spotlight ★★★★ “The images from the performance are still dancing in my memory” — Edinburgh Fringe Review ★★★★ Don't miss it!! Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, review, review2, review3.

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Performed by Dennis McSorleyVermont

Fri 11/8 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Ever wonder how you arrived where you are? Remember making a right instead of a left? Who connected you to someone or someplace? Are things supposed to unfold and we just cooperate? If you have had fear, doubts, confusion and still could smile — then you will enjoy connecting with Dennis McSorley's original work, “Who Made Me?” Recommended for: adults.

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Written and Performed by Pius McGrathIreland

Sat 11/9 2:00pm

storytelling, physical, 65 min.

A 29-year-old professional male reviews his vicarious lifestyle to understand the emptiness he feels, recalling the outrageous experiences that have moulded the man he has become, realising he is not the man he once aspired to be. Pius McGrath plays multiple characters in this fast paced, heartfelt story of a “live fast, die young” 21st-century male. Director and Production Stage Manager: Tara Doolan. Photo by Eoin Madigan. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Irish).

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Performed by Bronwyn SteinbergCanada

Sat 11/9 4:00pm

storytelling, movement, 60 min.

“A masterful physical performance” (FullyFringed). Welcome to the yoga class you can’t afford to miss. Your teacher, Sarah Lotus Blossom, is the embodiment of Zen on speed — but she can’t quite let go and breathe. Join her for a life-transforming practice, where she grapples with joining the Occupy Movement, seeking Nirvana in India, and helping you find your own breath. Co-Playwrights: Sarah Waisvisz and Bronwyn Steinberg. Director: Laura Astwood. Photo by Julie Laurin. Recommended for: all audiences, yoga enthusiasts, activists, spiritual seekers and non-believers alike. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Erin LaytonNew York

Sat 11/9 7:30pm

drama, tragedy, storytelling, 60 min.

Long-silenced voices emerge to tell the stories of the women and girls who were sent to “wash away their sins” in commercial laundries run by nuns. This multi-character drama “creates images that breed anger, compassion, sorrow and mistrust” - Theatre Reviews Limited, “embodying with ease all these many disparate characters and making them flesh and blood people” - Huffington Post. Director: Julie Kline. Stage Manager: Katie Astra Barnhard. Crew: Basil Horn. Photo by Arnold Bueso. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Irish), Catholic, women. Links: show, artist, video, review, other.

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Performed by Aralyn HughesOklahoma/Texas

Sat 11/9 9:00pm

comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

When 65-year-old “Austin Queen of Weird” Aralyn Hughes posts an ad in the Austin Chronicle that reads: “Dominatrix wannabe looking for willing submissive playmate/slave who knows how to look, beg but not touch except on special occasions. Bette Midler personality with a whip,” the response is overwhelming and a new lifestyle (and possible retirement income) presents itself. Director: Amparo Garcia-Crow. Recommended for: adults. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Gabriela KohenArgentina

Sun 11/10 2:00pm

drama, comedy, 70 min.

This award winning, critically acclaimed autobiographical show examines what it means to grow up Jewish and Latina in NY. From the tango halls of Argentina, to disco 70’s Brooklyn, to the Warsaw Ghetto of the 1940’s, Gabriela Kohen skillfully portrays over 20 characters in English, Spanish, and Yiddish. “A loving yet unflinching family portrait… An extraordinarily efficient and moving hour of entertainment” - New York Magazine Director: Connie Grappo. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Jewish, Latino). Link: review.

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Written and Performed by Ann MorrisonFlorida

Sun 11/10 4:00pm

comedy, storytelling, movement, poetry, music, multimedia, 60 min.

Inspired by her own experience as a model for art students, Broadway veteran Ann Morrison discovers a deeper look at her mother, an artist and true Renaissance woman, through the personalities around an art easel: the model, the student artist, the critic and the art itself and leads her audience through a poetic, lyrical dance. 2012 United Solo Best Actress Award. Director: Blake Walton. Choreography Consultant: Deb McWaters. Company Manager: David Coyle. Photo by Deidre Reigel. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Performed by Eden WalkerNew York

Sun 11/10 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, multimedia, 60 min.

A total outsider embraces her hyper-individuality to the extreme, into a dream of suicide and space travel that lands her back on solid earth. Set in Seattle, in a tale inspired by Dostoyevsky, the American soul is flayed, Russian style, by one of the most unflinching prophets of modern life. Dark Figure: Mark Bird. Playwright: Philip Atlakson. Stage Manager: Jacob Walker. Photo by Jessica Hollenstein. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community.

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Performed by Laurel DevenieNew Zealand

Sun 11/10 7:30pm

drama, 95 min.

A crippled English woman arrives to a savage land charged with civilising the natives and, instead, discovers the key to her liberation. Mary Ann Martin came to New Zealand in 1841, the young wife of New Zealand's first chief justice. They set up home in Parnell. Intrepid, intelligent and possessing a great sense of humour, she disregarded her personal disability, set about learning Te Reo, established a makeshift hospital for Maori on the beach at Judges Bay and dared to dream of all that was possible in this brave new world. Playwright: Arthur Meek. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (New Zealanders).

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Performed by Bronwyn SteinbergCanada

Mon 11/11 6:00pm

storytelling, movement, 60 min.

“A masterful physical performance” (FullyFringed). Welcome to the yoga class you can’t afford to miss. Your teacher, Sarah Lotus Blossom, is the embodiment of Zen on speed — but she can’t quite let go and breathe. Join her for a life-transforming practice, where she grapples with joining the Occupy Movement, seeking Nirvana in India, and helping you find your own breath. Co-Playwrights: Sarah Waisvisz and Bronwyn Steinberg. Director: Laura Astwood. Photo by Julie Laurin. Recommended for: all audiences, yoga enthusiasts, activists, spiritual seekers and non-believers alike. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Sébastien HeinsCanada

Mon 11/11 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, dance, poetry, musical, hiphopera, 60 min.

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. Best Emerging Artist at 2012 United Solo. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Urban/African American), music community (hip hop), musical-goers, dance community. Links: video, facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Sarah Elizabeth GreerPennsylvania

Mon 11/11 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, multimedia, 105 min.

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. 2012 United Solo Best Comedy Award. Photo by Christine Butler. Recommended for: the adoption community.

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Written and Performed by Zara PhillipsNew Jersey

Tue 11/12 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, music, musical, 50 min.

After her adoptive mother dies and she's left to care for an adoptive father who was never there for her, Zara takes a dream-like journey that brings her face-to-face with the biological father she's always longed to know and the sister who was never born. Directors: Eliza Roberts and Eric Roberts. Producer and Co-director: William Kollar. Composer: Zara Phillips. Acting Coach: Renae Baker. Photo by Andrew Cohen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, any member of the adoption triad or anyone that has lost a parent and dealing with an elderly parent. Link: artist.

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Created and Performed by R. SKY PalkowitzNew York

Tue 11/12 9:00pm

comedy, poetry, avant-garde, 90 min.

What happens when a pot-smoking Jewish punk-rocker clown from New York goes to work for one of the most Conservative think-tanks in the Nation? Performance Artist/Character Illusionist, The Delusional Diva, portrays a melting pot of hilarious, heart-wrenching characters from her wild double life as a tele-fundraiser! A tour-de-force centering on Society’s quest for Humanity, Freedom, and the American Dream… Photo by Roe Carroll. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish, Russian, Middle Eastern, European, Asian). Links: artist, video, other.

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Performed by Gabriel PortuondoNew York

Wed 11/13 3:30pm

drama, comedy, dance, poetry, music, 77 min.

“URBAN AURA” is about the relationship of a son and his deceased father; the son’s quest in making his dreams a reality. “URBAN AURA” is highlighted with salsa, hip-hop, electronic music and Shakespeare. “URBAN AURA” extends hope in the face of overwhelming odds and replaces despair with joy. Photo by Martin Bensten. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Latino), Shakespeare fans. Links: facebook, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Tim Heath LeuzarderNew York

Wed 11/13 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 65 min.

33-year-old Port-a-John manager, Billy Brennan is in crisis. His marriage is collapsing, his self-esteem is in the toilet, and the distance between the life he wants and the life he has grows greater by the day. In a moment of desperation, he seeks help from several dysfunctional sages, the likes of which include an inebriated Irish Priest, a Bi-Curious German DJ/Mortician, and 87-year-old Croatian Retiree and the actor Ray Liotta. Will Billy get the help he needs? Can he live the life he's secretly dreamed of, or is it too late? Director: Kaily Smith. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community.

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Performed by David MelvilleCalifornia

Wed 11/13 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 90 min.

The true story of William-Henry Ireland, despised by his teachers, detested by his stepmother, and ignored by his father—until he forges “Shakespearean” documents that fool the literati of London. And when his forged play VORTIGERN plays at the greatest theatre with the finest actors of the day, what could possibly go wrong? “Brutally funny, brutally sad”—L.A. Weekly. Playwright: Rick Creese. Director: Jeffrey Wienckowski. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: video, review.

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Performed by Donald MolosiBotswana

Thu 11/14 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, music, 40 min.

This is the true story of the legendary Ugandan musician Philly Lutaaya, whose soulful AfroPop rhythms united a generation of Ugandans. Inspired by his continent and its people, Lutaaya kept faith in his beloved motherland in his music even while he was a struggling musician abroad in Sweden. This epic piece chronicles his transformation from an entertainer to a musical activist after he learnt about his own personal tragedy. “Today It’s Me” is an exploration of courage, passion and tragedy, featuring Philly Lutaaya’s exotic, riveting music. Best Performer, Dialogue ONE Festival 2008. Best Short Solo, United Solo 2011. Poster: Maya Lama. Recommended for: adults, elderly, ethnic community (African).

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Thu 11/14 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Encore’s aweigh! Fresh from his success with “Garbo,” actor/writer Joe Gulla (bait and) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, funny, fearless and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” shows why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks! Dramamine is NOT included! Winner – Best Comedic Script, United Solo Festival 2012. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Ana AsensioSpain

Fri 11/15 6:00pm

comedy, 60 min.

Mica has been fired for being brutally honest and for doing her job. At 38, she is writing her CV mercilessly (professional, emotional and sexual). This is the CV of a generation caught off guard by the crisis and hooked to whatsapp. Best International Show Award at 2012 United Solo. Playwright: Paloma Bravo. Adaptation: Ana Asensio, Paloma Bravo and Jean Randich. Director: Jean Randich. Lighting and Set Design: Jiyoun Chang. Costume Design: Geanme Marin. Producer: Ana Asensio. Photo by Tomas Ondarra. Recommended for: adults, theatre community. Links: artist, facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Caitlin MorrisNew York

Fri 11/15 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, movement, 45 min.

Step right up and see the Freaks, the women of fairy tales come to life with stories that will shock and amaze! The freak show has been traveling for fifteen years, but budget cuts mean one of its members will have to leave. Who will it be? Happily Never Ever is a solo show that blurs the lines of storytelling by using a combination of highly poetic and common language, intertwining female fairy tale characters with real and imagined freak show archetypes. Playwright and Director: Gina Femia. Photo by Freddy Padilla. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, NOT recommended for children.

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Written and Performed by Carrie KeskinenNew York

Fri 11/15 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 90 min.

A hilarious and heartfelt story of one woman's journey from a painful divorce to her new life in New York. Finding a dead mouse in her apartment is the catalyst for letting go of her past and fears of becoming a crazy cat lady, and discovering her true self. Director: Scotty Watson. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, cat lovers, women's groups.

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Written and Performed by Ery NzarambaRwanda

Sat 11/16 2:00pm

drama, storytelling, poetry, 60 min.

Though Eddy’s family runs into deepening financial difficulties, his parents manage to send him to the prestigious Belgian school of Kigali. He and his friends have a taste of fame when their band wins a music contest that inaugurates the launch of the new Rwandan Television. Everything changes when the president's plane is shot down on April 6th, 1994. Producer: Paul Brewster. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, ethnic community (Rwandan, African). Link: artist.

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Performed by Teresa SandersonUtah

Sat 11/16 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Eric used to be Erica…and this is the story of how he fell for a woman for the first time. “Plan-B Theatre Company’s world premiere of Matthew Ivan Bennett’s ERIC(A) is one of the most impressive theater experiences in recent memory.” – Salt Lake Magazine. Playwright: Matthew Ivan Bennett. Director: Jerry Rapier. Photo by Greg Ragland. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: other, review, review2.

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Written and Performed by Erin LaytonNew York

Sat 11/16 7:30pm

drama, tragedy, storytelling, 60 min.

Long-silenced voices emerge to tell the stories of the women and girls who were sent to “wash away their sins” in commercial laundries run by nuns. This multi-character drama “creates images that breed anger, compassion, sorrow and mistrust” - Theatre Reviews Limited, “embodying with ease all these many disparate characters and making them flesh and blood people” - Huffington Post. Director: Julie Kline. Stage Manager: Katie Astra Barnhard. Crew: Basil Horn. Photo by Arnold Bueso. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Irish), Catholic, women. Links: show, artist, video, review, other.

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Performed by Gordon ClappMassachusetts

Sat 11/16 9:00pm

drama, comedy, adaptation, 75 min.

Emmy-winning, Tony-nominated actor Gordon Clapp plays the great American poet Robert Frost who “barded” around the country for half a century with his poems, rascally wit, and “wild surmises” on religion, radicals, conservatives, and art. “The poet lives and breathes in Clapp's performance” —Lowell Sun; “Highly recommended” —New England Theatre Geek. Playwright: A. M. Dolan. Director: Gus Kaikkonen. Photo by Meghan Moore. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Ashley ChangFlorida

Sun 11/17 2:00pm

comedy, satire, 30 min.

Mary Sunshine is back in her hometown and ready to take it by storm. She’s eager to touch more lives with her performance art and spread rainbows and glitter. Question is, will she be enough for the audience? Can Mary keep it together, even if her perfect audience isn’t complete? Recommended for: all audiences.

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Written and Performed by Elizardi CastroNew York

Sun 11/17 4:00pm

comedy, storytelling, dance, stand-up, music, 90 min.

Brilliantly funny observation of the universal struggle of planting roots in a new culture. A bold and witty commentary on “Spanglish” culture and a powerful celebration of diversity. Elizardi embarks on a compelling journey to rediscover his culture and find the courage to be a bold voice for his generation. Performed in Chicago, Orlando and New Haven. The NYC debut! Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Grace KileyNew York

Sun 11/17 6:00pm

drama, 65 min.

This award-winning show is a personal look at the life of Hollywood legend turned real-life princess, Grace Kelly. The woman Hitchcock called “a volcano covered with snow” becomes a cautionary tale about abandoning one’s dreams, “seems to belong to an older, deeper age with its subtlety and courage. Kiley’s insight into this familiar story…is profound and mature.” 2012 United Solo Best One-Woman Show, Best Direction and Best Makeup Awards Winner. Director: Austin Pendleton. Hair & Makeup: Elle Murphy. Costume Design: Katalin Varga. Set Design: Brian Tubbs. Lighting Design: Giovanni Villari. Vocal: Debbie Damp. Photo by Claus Eggers. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Link: artist.

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Created and Performed by R. SKY PalkowitzNew York

Sun 11/17 7:30pm

comedy, poetry, avant-garde, 90 min.

What happens when a pot-smoking Jewish punk-rocker clown from New York goes to work for one of the most Conservative think-tanks in the Nation? Performance Artist/Character Illusionist, The Delusional Diva, portrays a melting pot of hilarious, heart-wrenching characters from her wild double life as a tele-fundraiser! A tour-de-force centering on Society’s quest for Humanity, Freedom, and the American Dream… Photo by Roe Carroll. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Jewish, Russian, Middle Eastern, European, Asian). Links: artist, video, other.

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Written and Performed by YokkoJapan

Mon 11/18 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 60 min.

A courageous Japanese woman discovers her father’s love only after she loses her hair and skin. In this fearless, funny and personal show, Yokko brings to life nearly a dozen characters, merging movement and memories into a narrative exploring kinship, cultural expectations and personal identity and weaves the fantastic with the ordinary in her ongoing search for a singular voice. Director: Kaitlyn Samuel. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Japanese). Links: show, artist, review.

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Conceived and Performed by Adelind HoranVirginia

Mon 11/18 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, documentary, 60 min.

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. Best Documentary Award at 2012 United Solo, Best of the Capital Fringe 2011. Director: Ray Nedzel. Accompanist: Bud Branch. Photo by Jeremy Felson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, environmental activists. Links: show, artist, video, review, review2.

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Performed by Sarah Elizabeth GreerPennsylvania

Mon 11/18 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, multimedia, 105 min.

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. 2012 United Solo Best Comedy Award. Photo by Christine Butler. Recommended for: the adoption community.

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Created and Performed by Julian GoldhagenNew York

Tue 11/19 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, stand-up, improv, multimedia, 60 min.

About trying to see the poetry that exists amidst the tumult of being in your twenties. 2012 United Solo Best Improvisation Award. Recommended for: all audiences, teenagers, adults, LGBT community. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Emanuelee BeanTexas

Tue 11/19 9:00pm

storytelling, stand-up, improv, poetry, 90 min.

“Converse” is a one-man show with two characters; Outspoken Bean and the audience, where the literal conversations happen between a scripted show about his life growing up as a military brat, heartbreak, personal mistakes, and internal dialogue. Bean’s work has been called “Brilliant” by Robert Wilson, and Artnet Magazine said that “his words hit with the sustained force of a young James Earl Jones delivering King Lear.” Converse is a funny, blunt, and unashamed performance of spoken-word and theatre. Photo by Marlon Hall. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Colin HamellIreland

Wed 11/20 3:30pm

drama, comedy, 70 min.

In “Titanic” like you’ve never seen it before, Jimmy is a celestial rockstar. After going down with the ship, Jimmy becomes heaven’s most notorious VIP. Using his celebrity to navigate the Upper Realm, Jimmy exercies his direct line to an unlikey God as he rewrites history. “Jimmy Titanic” is a unique and and witty take on the saga of history’s most famed craft. Director: Carmel O'Reilly. Playwright: Bernard McMullan. Photo by Michael and Suz Karchmer. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, review, review2, review3, review4.

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Written and Performed by Maura HalloranCanada

Wed 11/20 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, 55 min.

A lesbian couple whose love is on the rocks, their overly curious landlady and one highly opinionated cat... A tale of love and narcissism, of homophobia and unicorns, of how to forgive The Church and how softball can save your life. Director: Claire Rice. Movement Director: Julianne Fawsitt. Photo by Sarah Roland. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBT community, ethnic community (Canadian), cat-lovers. Links: show, artist, review.

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Written and Performed by Alessio BordoniItaly

Wed 11/20 9:00pm

drama, 70 min.

This biographical show is based on the life and crimes of Italian-born swindler Charles Ponzi. In 1920, Ponzi found a way to exploit the rules of American capitalism and rapidly emerged as one of the wealthiest capitalists in the US—at the expense of fifty thousand people. The play is an advocacy against the evils of unchecked capitalism as it exposes the mindset of one man whose primary goal was the pursuit of profit. Director: Rene Migliaccio. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, other.

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Written and Performed by Lori Prescott HansenIdaho

Thu 11/21 7:30pm

storytelling, 60 min.

Maiden to mother to crone, it’s not for the faint-hearted. This humorous, poignant look at women will make you laugh, cry, and see beauty in a new light. From a quirky Little Red Riding Hood, to personal stories of love and loss, Lori takes you on a storyteller’s journey to a place where, as she says, “all women are whole.” Recommended for: all audiences. Link: show.

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Created and Performed by Pippa WhiteNebraska

Thu 11/21 9:00pm

music, 95 min.

Dorothy Fields wanted to be a songwriter, but unless you were a singer, a woman had little chance of a career in music. Nonetheless, the woman who wrote “I'm in the Mood for Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and dozens of other great American standards forged a career for herself that lasted fifty years. Experience a fascinating life! Musical Director and Accompanist: Vincent T. Learned. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Fri 11/22 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Encore’s aweigh! Fresh from his success with “Garbo,” actor/writer Joe Gulla (bait and) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, funny, fearless and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” shows why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks! Dramamine is NOT included! Winner – Best Comedic Script, United Solo Festival 2012. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Tim CollinsNew York

Fri 11/22 7:30pm

drama, educational, 45 min.

When a mutual friend is a victim of sexual assault, four college students grapple with their beliefs and attitudes about masculinity and gender roles. A powerful call for men to end violence against women. “Afterwards, several male students made statements: ‘I had never thought about those things before…’ Tim integrated facts and statistics with real-life characters, making an impact on students and faculty.” — University of Victoria-Houston. Best Guest Performer at Dialogue ONE Festival 2008, Best Dramatic Script at United Solo 2012. Photo by Chris Latragna. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, counselors, social workers, youth & teen educators, domestic violence/sexual assault prevention workers. Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Jurij DiezGermany

Fri 11/22 9:00pm

drama, 80 min.

Ali: Moslem, husband and father, works as a dustman in Germany. In simple words and with humour he tells us about German habits and his life away from home. In the course of his emotional monologue we understand, that skinheads set fire to Ali’s house. A traumatized man reveals his broken soul in this play about the danger of radicalism. Playwright: Ali Jalaly. Director: Katrin Kazubko. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (German), immigrants. Link: video.

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Written and Performed by Ciera PaytonLouisiana

Sat 11/23 2:00pm

drama, storytelling, 90 min.

Ciera shares her story of having a father incarcerated in Louisiana prison. She recounts her experiences of growing up in the 3rd ward of New Orleans, which was a haven for dysfunction, creating a very unique New Orleans experience. Ciera depicts her father, Cajun Aunt Kathy, and her beauty-queen mother while conjuring her muse, Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau. Director: Faythallegra Coleman. Photo by Marselle Washington. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Carrie KeskinenNew York

Sat 11/23 4:00pm

drama, comedy, 90 min.

A hilarious and heartfelt story of one woman's journey from a painful divorce to her new life in New York. Finding a dead mouse in her apartment is the catalyst for letting go of her past and fears of becoming a crazy cat lady, and discovering her true self. Director: Scotty Watson. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, cat lovers, women's groups. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Slash ColemanNew York

Sat 11/23 6:00pm

comedy, storytelling, 60 min.

Join award-winning PBS producer/author Slash Coleman as he brings to life his best selling book “The Bohemian Love Diaries.” An irresistibly weird & wonderful love story that chronicles his upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge. “Slash Coleman has de-gentrified my soul.” - Gary Shteyngart. 2012 United Solo Best Drama Award Winner. Director: Meyung Kim. Photo by Lynne Duddy. Recommended for: all audiences, ethnic community (Jewish). Links: show, artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Vivian NesbittNew Mexico

Sat 11/23 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 52 min.

A play about connection and transformation. Careening through Ireland, bending time and space to understand the legacy of her ancestor, “Eva of the Nation,” Vivian collides with her own identity. Themes of duality, perception and creative expression fill the play with moments of surrender and discovery, juxtaposed with the comedy of human nature. Lighting Design: Karen Perlow. Photo by Wes Naman. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), recovery groups. Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Sarah Elizabeth GreerPennsylvania

Sat 11/23 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, multimedia, 105 min.

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. 2012 United Solo Best Comedy Award. Photo by Christine Butler. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Sun 11/24 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Encore’s aweigh! Fresh from his success with “Garbo,” actor/writer Joe Gulla (bait and) tackles the issue of growing up as a gay Italian boy… in the Bronx! Smart, funny, fearless and poignant, “The Bronx Queen” shows why some people are destined to be nervous (ship)wrecks! Dramamine is NOT included! Winner – Best Comedic Script, United Solo Festival 2012. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community. Links: show, artist, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Zara PhillipsNew Jersey

Sun 11/24 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, music, musical, 50 min.

After her adoptive mother dies and she's left to care for an adoptive father who was never there for her, Zara takes a dream-like journey that brings her face-to-face with the biological father she's always longed to know and the sister who was never born. Directors: Eliza Roberts and Eric Roberts. Producer and Co-director: William Kollar. Composer: Zara Phillips. Acting Coach: Renae Baker. Photo by Andrew Cohen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, any member of the adoption triad or anyone that has lost a parent and dealing with an elderly parent. Link: artist.

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*The ENCORE tag marks productions with solo artists who performed successfully at the Festival in the past and came back again to perform 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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