The 5th annual UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL

 

September 18 – November 23, 2014

 

Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street, New York City

 

 

UNITED SOLO THEATRE FESTIVAL™ is an annual international festival for solo performances held in New York City. Through a variety of one-person shows, the Festival explores and celebrates the uniqueness of the individual. Productions are selected from openly solicited submissions and presented at the highly acclaimed Theatre Row in the heart of the New York City theatre district on 42nd Street. Renowned solo performers as well as new talents bring their works in many categories (e.g. storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, documentary, musical, improv, stand-up, poetry, magic, performance art, drama: tragedy or comedy). The artists benefit from being presented by United Solo, a company made up of artists and producers with vast experience in solo performance. Theatre companies are given the opportunity to reach out to the industry, generate income from ticket sales from up to eight performances at the Festival, and receive media attention through previews, profiles, and reviews. Shows are also considered for participation in the exclusive United Solo showcase in Europe, as well as for script publication and other honors at the Festival. Submission is open now, and selected participants will be announced in spring. Click here to apply for the next season of United Solo.

 

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2014 United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, celebrates its 5th anniversary season and its dynamic expansion in scope and popularity. All shows are staged at Theatre Row: 410 West 42nd Street, New York City. TICKETS, with a price of $19.25 (including a $1.25 theatre restoration charge) are available at the Theatre Row Box Office and online through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com. You may also call Telecharge at 212-239-6200. When placing your reservation, please provide: the FESTIVAL name (United Solo Theatre Festival), the name of THEATRE (Theatre Row – The Studio Theatre), and the specific DAY and TIME of SHOW you would like to see.

 



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Written and Performed by Addie WalshNew York

Thu 9/18 7:30pm

comedy, storytelling, music, puppetry, unicycling, 28 min.

Addie Walsh takes us on her wacky journey to start anew and be creative as a retired soap opera writer and divorced baby boomer with too much time on her hands, which brings unwelcome memories of her twilight-zoned-out, dysfunctional family. Director: Michole Biancosino. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Thu 9/18 9:00pm

comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

In the tradition of legendary monologist Spalding Gray, Actor/Playwright Joe Gulla sits alone at a table…notebook and bottle of water at the ready! Wherever you go…there you are! That’s the nuts, essence and bolts of this sharp, touching, and hysterical show. Gulla’s latest picks up where “The Bronx Queen” (United Solo Festival Winner: Best Comedic Script 2012, Most Popular Show 2013) left off. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: video, twitter, other, other2.

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Co-written and Performed by Mike OstroskiOhio

Fri 9/19 6:00pm

drama, comedy, 65 min.

“Grow a garden.” The idea hits Paul O’Malley like a meteor hitting the planet — and he’s off! He reads the books, sows the seeds, and before his first tomatoes ripen, departs on a crusade to save the planet, one precious seedling at a time. Saving himself, however, will prove a much harder battle. Co-Playwright and Director: Derek Davidson. Sound Design: Matthew Nielson. Lighting Design: Erin Mizer. Stage Manager: Carly Mungovan. Photo by David Zaugh. Recommended for: theatre community, gardeners, environmentalists. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Vicky KupermanRussia

Fri 9/19 7:30pm

stand-up, 55 min.

A young New York woman’s riveting and hilarious one-hour stand-up show. A ride through Russia, South America, dating younger men, prescription drugs, crazy families and much more. David Brenner said, “Everyone who loves to laugh at intelligent, original comedy has to see Russian-born Vicky Kuperman.” Actor Danny Aiello said she is “well on her way to comedy stardom.” Director: Brian Luna. Photo by Lev Gorn. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Russian, Jewish), dreamers, surfers, and people who like to laugh. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by David PayneUnited Kingdom

Fri 9/19 9:00pm

drama, 90 min.

An enthralling, poignant, laughter-filled evening as British actor David Payne invites you into the living room of the author who penned the Narnia Chronicles and whose spellbinding conversation was legendary. Hear Lewis reflect on the events and people who shaped his life, and how he found unexpected romance with the American woman who turned his life upside down! Producer: Marc Whitmore. Recommended for: teenagers, adults. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Sat 9/20 2:00pm

comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

In the tradition of legendary monologist Spalding Gray, Actor/Playwright Joe Gulla sits alone at a table…notebook and bottle of water at the ready! Wherever you go…there you are! That’s the nuts, essence and bolts of this sharp, touching, and hysterical show. Gulla’s latest picks up where “The Bronx Queen” (United Solo Festival Winner: Best Comedic Script 2012, Most Popular Show 2013) left off. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: video, twitter, other, other2.

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Performed by Julia JacksonWisconsin

Sat 9/20 4:00pm

drama, comedy, performance art, 90 min.

Julia’s never bought a baby. Okay, she’s adopting. Did you know black babies are 50% off? WTF? Five days after signing with an agency, a birth mother chooses Julia and her wife. But one slip of the tongue puts the adoption and her marriage at risk. Forget “one day at a time” – time’s up! What’s a Sistah to do? Photo by David M. Allen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American), adoption community. Links: artist, review, review2, review3.

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Written and Performed by Emily MarshVirginia

Sat 9/20 7:30pm

drama, tragedy, movement, poetry, 60 min.

“Transfixed by the Dahlia” flows effortlessly between interviews, movement, song, and ritual poetic drama as Emily Marsh, a 22-year-old girl from 2014, holds up her life to Elizabeth Shorts’, a 22-year-old girl brutally murdered in 1947. Unearthed is the timeless theme of women's sexuality and strength even in the face of a patriarchal society. Recommended for: teenagers, adults. Link: artist.

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Written, Composed and Performed by Suzanne TannerConnecticut

Sat 9/20 9:00pm

drama, tragedy, storytelling, multimedia, performance art, full movie musical, 86 min.

The inspiring story of an extraordinary woman’s triumph of spirit despite immeasurable loss, including her family to the Holocaust and her son to AIDS. Told through personal testimony, original song, documentary footage and contemporary art, this multimedia musical is a progressive art/film performance monument to human resilience. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Jewish), women. Links: video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Steven GallagherCanada

Sun 9/21 2:00pm

drama, comedy, 60 min.

Sam and Jimmy were best friends for over twenty-five years, and they promised each other to face “gay middle age" together. When Sam dies, it’s up to Jimmy to plan their final picnic. Jimmy steals Sam’s cremated remains and tries to give his friend the send-off he deserves. Director: Darcy Evans. Photo by Darcy Evans. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: review, review2, review3.

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Developed and Performed by Sarah HeywoodCanada/Uzbekistan

Sun 9/21 4:00pm

drama, comedy, movement, improv, poetry, music, classic, 65 min.

A raw and profound biographical exploration of one young woman’s emotional, artistic, cultural, linguistic and romantic journey during three years of work, study and performance at the Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Join Sarah/Sera in her struggle and discovery as she learns the sensations that form the artist and the human being. Assistant Director: Andrew Tsao. Assistant Choreographer: Tyler Polumsky. Photo by Lena Garifulina. Recommended for: ethnic community (Russian, Uzbek). Links: artist, video, video2.

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Written and Performed by Randal BarnettNew York

Sun 9/21 6:00pm

drama, storytelling, magic, performance art, 45 min.

This 3 character/1 actor play illuminates a little-known episode in Jeffrey Dahmer’s legacy: the time he let one of his victims safely go free. Through spectral hauntings, meth-fueled rituals, aquarium maintenance seminars, and promiscuous webcam encounters, these characters interact and reexamine what it means to carry queer cultural trauma. WARNING: contains nudity. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, witches. Links: show, video.

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Created and Performed by Aurora LagattutaSpain

Sun 9/21 7:30pm

storytelling, dance, movement, poetry, multimedia, performance art, bilingual, 48 min.

A bizarre and beautiful solo about the fantastical journey of a woman swallowed by a whale. A bilingual tale told through dance, underwater video, original collage art, poetry and song. The Huffington Post explained, “We were as struck by Aurora's imaginative storyline as we were by her warm spirit and pursuit of passion and empowerment. The project worked toward a cause dear to our hearts in a language we had never heard before.” Spanish Translation and Spanish Voice: Angela Bustos. Underwater Film: Pipaluk Supernova. Recommended for: ethnic community (Spanish Speakers). Links: artist, video, other.

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Written and Performed by Arielle Haller-SilverstoneNew York

Mon 9/22 6:00pm

drama, comedy, 46 min.

While filming “Lover Come Back,” Doris Day rushes home to Beverly Hills to prepare a dinner party. With Rock Hudson to lend moral support, and legendary guests en route, everything goes as planned until the plan unravels. Have a seat at the dinner table and uncover the secrets and scandals behind America’s favorite bubbly, blue-eyed sweetheart. Producer: Gabrielle Berberich. Director: David Wells. Stage Manager: Will F. Young. Assistant Stage Manager: Sheree Abate. Photo by John Johnson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Performed by Gabriel PortuondoNew York

Mon 9/22 7:30pm

drama, 65 min.

A sailor’s journey to hell and back! A legendary adventure filled with spirits, zombies, sea-monsters, angels and earth-shattering storms. Since its debut in 2010, Gabriel Portuondo’s performance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” has been bursting with mirth, joy, tears, fear, darkness, heartbreak, sorrow, desperation, elation and enlightenment. A stunning experience of redemption. Associate Producer: Cara Jean McCarthy. Sound Design: Martha Goode. Lighting Operator: Blair Mielnik. Photo by Martin Bensten. Recommended for: Shakespeare lovers. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Matthew LaBancaNew York

Mon 9/22 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, music, 75 min.

This autobiographical solo show circles around Matthew’s Broadway debut in “Young Frankenstein.” Told through song, dance, and behind-the-scenes stories, this Broadway actor articulates his struggle with the notion of success, and exposes the anxiety that comes from living a life rooted in other people’s approval. Director: Kira Simring. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Stefan RuxandaRomania

Tue 9/23 7:30pm

comedy, storytelling, dance, mime, 60 min.

Stories told without words that anyone can understand. Comedy, dance, mime, improvisation, all seasoned with drops of melancholy. The character seeks true emotions that will bring tears to your eyes. His goal is to light your heart. Photo by Alex Gheorghiu. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: facebook.

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Performed by Sentell HarperNew York

Tue 9/23 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

A show that asks: what does it mean to be different? To be black? To be gay? One performer shares the untold stories of black, gay men by boldly exploring dozens of characters who are fiercely funny, honest and surprising, whose complexity cannot be reduced behind stereotype. Photo by Tom Mcgrath. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American). Link: review.

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Written, Directed and Performed by Ron MegasonGreece

Wed 9/24 3:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, 60 min.

The Man finds himself home… Athens, Greece. I thought I’d make the trip with someone… it’s just me. I arrive at the gate. The baby center Metre. I have to be brave. I walk the long corridor my adopted mother spoke of, the Gotenborg is where I laid. There has been a break, I have an uncle Nicolaos, he voted in Patras – my mother’s name is Areti – in Greek, it means virtue. I stay close, just in case – I pray. I board a red jet boat across the sea to Hydra. I sit down feeling safe. I walk to the back – it’s open, I see the deep blue sea - it hits me, salty, the jet tosses me… I notice a tall lean boy laughing – smoking, enjoying the ride. How will I speak to him… we’re already speaking. I'll ask him where to dive. Photo by Brad Calcaterra. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Kimball AllenWashington/Idaho

Wed 9/24 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, multimedia, 60 min.

A voyeuristic look into the childhood of a Bambi-loving vegetarian, ballet slipper-wearing, Diet Coke-drinking gay Mormon Boy Scout. Born into a large conservative Idaho family he doesn’t relate to, Kimball Allen chronicles his upbringing as a fabulous black sheep through colorful narration, private home movies, songs, dance and the occasional acrobatics in this hysterically tragic performance. Director: Emma Hassett. Producer: Scott Wells. Voice Talent: Keely Wolter. Photo by Erin Schiedler. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Link: artist.

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Performed by Tandy CronynNew York

Wed 9/24 9:00pm

drama, 74 min.

A moving tale of displaced children in the aftermath of WWII. Swept up by US Army units and outfitted as G.I. mascots, three boys are dumped at a displaced person camp after their G.I. units are shipped back to the States. The boys yearn to follow their units "home" to America, but American racism confounds the hopes of one boy with a G.I. sponsor – who happens to be black. Playwright: Simon Bent. Director: Bruch Reed. Original text: Kay Boyle. Photo by Trix Rosen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African American), WWII history buffs. Links: show, artist, video.

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Co-written and Performed by Mike OstroskiOhio

Thu 9/25 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 65 min.

“Grow a garden.” The idea hits Paul O’Malley like a meteor hitting the planet — and he’s off! He reads the books, sows the seeds, and before his first tomatoes ripen, departs on a crusade to save the planet, one precious seedling at a time. Saving himself, however, will prove a much harder battle. Co-Playwright and Director: Derek Davidson. Sound Design: Matthew Nielson. Lighting Design: Erin Mizer. Stage Manager: Carly Mungovan. Photo by David Zaugh. Recommended for: theatre community, gardeners, environmentalists. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Bob BraderNew York

Thu 9/25 9:00pm

drama, storytelling, 80 min.

In this daring, uplifting and often comedic solo show, acclaimed monologist Bob Brader tells the gripping true story of discovering that his abusive and charismatic ex-Marine father is a pedophile. A powerful tale of personal survival and triumph, Winner of five Best of Fest Awards including Best Script, United Solo Festival. Hailed by critics as “brilliant,” “masterful” and “unforgettable.” Developer and Director: Suzanne Bachner. Lighting Design: Cory Pattak. Video: Shar Adrias. Graphic Design: Michael Koch. Photo by Taylor Hooper. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, video, other.

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Written and Performed by Alex MaddaMichigan

Fri 9/26 6:00pm

comedy, stand-up, music, 40 min.

Come follow the life and times of Alex Madda — her kooky college and high school career, seen through the magic of song and beginners’ dance. Audiences will sit on the train of her prom dress as they venture into stories of dance club woes, brunette insecurities, and the search for the most convenient post-college entry-level job. Co-Directors: Allison Brown and Neal Kelley. Photo by Jerry Giles. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Link: video.

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Written and Performed by Susan-Jane HarrisonUnited Kingdom

Fri 9/26 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, performance art, 25 min.

“American public toilets have something in common with the London Underground…” During a woman’s transatlantic journey, three characters strive to possess her body. Witness their antics in a delightfully bizarre love triangle particular to the female performer. Showcasing a virtuosic ability to shape-shift, Harrison’s text reveals a liminal inner world with original movement and music. Director: Marybeth Cavanaugh. Choreographer: Christine Germain. Composer: Dan Cato. Photo by Oda Aase Johnsen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Link: artist.

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Written, Directed and Performed by Sue Turner-CrayUnited Kingdom

Fri 9/26 9:00pm

drama, comedy, multimedia, 90 min.

Be catapulted around the world, from 1980s Northern England to the Tokyo fashion world. This Fringe First winning play shows a Manchester girl’s heroic journey of self-discovery and truth. Projections: Richard A. Harris. Photo by Breann Hollon. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Christopher VenedPoland

Sat 9/27 2:00pm

drama, comedy, performance art, mime and words, 90 min.

This inventive, funny and eye-opening piece of monodrama is nothing less than a quest to figure out the meaning of human identity. Christopher Vened explores the essential human predicament of being alive without entirely knowing who we are and how we were created. He relentlessly pursues answers. What he cannot explain in words, he shows in mime. Producer and Stage Manager: Rebecca Robertson-Szwaja. Photo by Merie Weismiller Wallace. Recommended for: adults, NOT for children. Links: show, artist, video, review, other.

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Performed by Leland GanttPennsylvania

Sat 9/27 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 90 min.

Relating stories at once harrowing, incredible, and often hilarious—brushes with crime, drugs, and alcohol, as well as interactions with racist and non-racist white and black people—this show tracks one man’s journey from realization to acceptance to ultimate transcendence of the demon Racism. Incredibly raw, brutally honest, poignant and funny: I’m just trying to start a conversation. Directorial Consultant: Estelle Parsons. Stage Manager: Emily Ballou. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Written and Performed by Addie WalshNew York

Sat 9/27 6:00pm

comedy, storytelling, music, puppetry, unicycling, 28 min.

Addie Walsh takes us on her wacky journey to start anew and be creative as a retired soap opera writer and divorced baby boomer with too much time on her hands, which brings unwelcome memories of her twilight-zoned-out, dysfunctional family. Director: Michole Biancosino. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Kimball AllenWashington/Idaho

Sat 9/27 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, multimedia, 60 min.

A voyeuristic look into the childhood of a Bambi-loving vegetarian, ballet slipper-wearing, Diet Coke-drinking gay Mormon Boy Scout. Born into a large conservative Idaho family he doesn’t relate to, Kimball Allen chronicles his upbringing as a fabulous black sheep through colorful narration, private home movies, songs, dance and the occasional acrobatics in this hysterically tragic performance. Director: Emma Hassett. Producer: Scott Wells. Voice Talent: Keely Wolter. Photo by Erin Schiedler. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Alan FoxNorth Carolina

Sat 9/27 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 75 min.

A collection of unforgettable characters who were promised something by a world that rarely seems to deliver, this show mixes comedy with social insight to paint a picture of what it’s like to be coming of age in America in 2014. Director: Kimberly Ryan. Photo by Laura Rose. Recommended for: teenagers, adults. Link: twitter.

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Written and Performed by Roxanne FayFlorida

Sun 9/28 2:00pm

drama, storytelling, 49 min.

What is Home? Is it physical or emotional? Is it memory? In this show, award-winning actor/writer Roxanne Fay inhabits two unique characters — one a child, the other ancient and disfigured. Funny, horrifying and heartbreaking, their compelling stories speak of the need for, and willingness to give all for, that place called Home. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Małgorzata BogdańskaPoland

Sun 9/28 4:00pm

drama, 75 min.

Kids, husband, work, friends, cats and dogs, problems of the world. Joy, pain, and empathy. And in the middle, a woman holding a red suitcase with her whole life inside. Life being lived at 100%. There is a whole universe in everyday life. Performance in Polish. Director and Dramaturg: Marek Koterski. Text: Krystyna Janda. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Polish). Links: show, artist, video, review, review2, review3.

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Performed by Al StaggsArkansas

Sun 9/28 6:00pm

drama, music, performance art, 60 min.

Al brings to life one of the great heroes of the twentieth century. Bonhoeffer awaits execution by the Third Reich and struggles with evil, injustice, and God. Bonhoeffer expresses outrage against the Nazi treatment of Jews and explains how this injustice led him to become involved in the resistance movement, a commitment that would result in his execution on April 9, 1945. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Vicky KupermanRussia

Sun 9/28 7:30pm

stand-up, 55 min.

A young New York woman’s riveting and hilarious one-hour stand-up show. A ride through Russia, South America, dating younger men, prescription drugs, crazy families and much more. David Brenner said, “Everyone who loves to laugh at intelligent, original comedy has to see Russian-born Vicky Kuperman.” Actor Danny Aiello said she is “well on her way to comedy stardom.” Director: Brian Luna. Photo by Lev Gorn. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Russian, Jewish), dreamers, surfers, and people who like to laugh. Link: artist.

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Written, Directed and Performed by Sue Turner-CrayUnited Kingdom

Mon 9/29 5:30pm

drama, comedy, multimedia, 90 min.

Be catapulted around the world, from 1980s Northern England to the Tokyo fashion world. This Fringe First winning play shows a Manchester girl’s heroic journey of self-discovery and truth. Projections: Richard A. Harris. Photo by Breann Hollon. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Arielle Haller-SilverstoneNew York

Mon 9/29 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 46 min.

While filming “Lover Come Back,” Doris Day rushes home to Beverly Hills to prepare a dinner party. With Rock Hudson to lend moral support, and legendary guests en route, everything goes as planned until the plan unravels. Have a seat at the dinner table and uncover the secrets and scandals behind America’s favorite bubbly, blue-eyed sweetheart. Producer: Gabrielle Berberich. Director: David Wells. Stage Manager: Will F. Young. Assistant Stage Manager: Sheree Abate. Photo by John Johnson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Ann TalmanNew York

Mon 9/29 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Woody conjured a sister the only way a nonverbal boy with cerebral palsy could – by pointing to Mom’s tummy and Dad’s…lap. Ann a.k.a. Woody’s Order! She dreamed of Broadway. He dreamed she would always be there for him. A loving team for life. Meet Woody, Ann, Mom, Dad, Elizabeth Taylor and a cast of “special souls.” Join them on their unexpected rite of passage. Director: Kel Haney. Stage Manager: Meghan Fisher. Originally Developed with: Matt Hoverman. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Vicky KupermanRussia

Tue 9/30 7:30pm

stand-up, 55 min.

A young New York woman’s riveting and hilarious one-hour stand-up show. A ride through Russia, South America, dating younger men, prescription drugs, crazy families and much more. David Brenner said, “Everyone who loves to laugh at intelligent, original comedy has to see Russian-born Vicky Kuperman.” Actor Danny Aiello said she is “well on her way to comedy stardom.” Director: Brian Luna. Photo by Lev Gorn. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Russian, Jewish), dreamers, surfers, and people who like to laugh. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Mary DiminoNew York

Tue 9/30 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 69 min.

Bright child. Simple father. Best friends, until she outgrows him by age eleven. Only to realize dad’s brilliant. As is. Growing up smarter than your father in a funny, factory-working family from Queens. Come, simplify yourself... FringeNYC Outstanding Solo Show Award Winner, Mary Dimino is described as ”utterly captivating” by NY Theatre, “riotously funny” by The Wall Street Journal. Director: Christine Miller. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, special needs community. Links: show, artist, video, review, other, other2.

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Written and Performed by Daniella De JesúsNew York

Wed 10/1 3:30pm

drama, comedy, 65 min.

Less crime, safer parks, cleaner streets, and more condos. The hood has become a hot commodity and tensions are as high as the rent. Inspired by conversations with the residents of Bushwick and other gentrifying neighborhoods, Daniella skillfully portrays thirteen characters as they experience loss, opportunity, and discrimination while confronting the transformation of their neighborhood. Director: Stephen Chacon. Composer: Civil Justus. Recommended for: ethnic community (Latino, African American). Links: show, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Alex MahgoubNew York

Wed 10/1 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, 50 min.

Murder, drugs, bisexuality and NYC real estate all in one show? After his dad passes away, Alex struggles to become a “man” without his father’s presence. Alex tells the honest, vulnerable, and funny story about how one boy rose from being a fat nerd with glasses to an elite real estate broker in NYC. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, Millenials/Generation Y.

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Written and Performed By Julian GoldhagenNew York

Wed 10/1 9:00pm

storytelling, performance art, 65 min.

The United Nations stipulates, in the Conventions on the Rights of the Child, that all young people have the right to free expression, open information, and an identity. How are we succeeding in enabling youth to fulfill their rights, and how are we failing? Best Experimental Piece Award, United Solo 2013. Best Improvisation Award, United Solo 2012. Recommended for: LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Erin LaytonNew York

Thu 10/2 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 all flesh and blood people” — Huffington Post. Best Documentary Script Award, United Solo 2013. Developer and Director: Julie Kline. Sound Design: Janie Bullard. Set Design: Cat Tate Starmer. Stage Manager: Rafaella Rossi. Photo by Arnold Bueso. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), catholic, feminist, social justice organizations. Links: show, video, review.

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Performed by Sentell HarperNew York

Thu 10/2 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

A show that asks: what does it mean to be different? To be black? To be gay? One performer shares the untold stories of black, gay men by boldly exploring dozens of characters who are fiercely funny, honest and surprising, whose complexity cannot be reduced behind stereotype. Photo by Tom Mcgrath. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American). Link: review.

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Written and Performed by Erin LaytonNew York

Fri 10/3 6:00pm

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 all flesh and blood people” — Huffington Post. Best Documentary Script Award, United Solo 2013. Developer and Director: Julie Kline. Sound Design: Janie Bullard. Set Design: Cat Tate Starmer. Stage Manager: Rafaella Rossi. Photo by Arnold Bueso. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), catholic, feminist, social justice organizations. Links: show, video, review.

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Written and Performed by Tyler B. PrinzIllinois

Fri 10/3 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 50 min.

This raw, hip and contemporary show dives into how past relationships transform from baggage to benchmarks in our personal journeys. It’s a poignant look into modern gay culture, the loves we encounter, and the losses we sustain. Sprinkled with humor and facetious commentary, it will leave you wondering about what it truly means to "take a seat." NYC premiere! Director: Hope Hargrove. Photo by Whitney Hsieh. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, college students, mature audiences. Links: show, artist.

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Performed by Faith CollinsCalifornia

Fri 10/3 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

Every woman comes to a crossroad where she must make a decision that will change her life forever. In this story, five unique women from one family explore everything from identity to unsatisfying relationships. Playwright: Kimba Henderson. Director: Keith Johnson. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Performed by Julia JacksonWisconsin

Sat 10/4 2:00pm

drama, comedy, performance art, 90 min.

Julia’s never bought a baby. Okay, she’s adopting. Did you know black babies are 50% off? WTF? Five days after signing with an agency, a birth mother chooses Julia and her wife. But one slip of the tongue puts the adoption and her marriage at risk. Forget “one day at a time” – time’s up! What’s a Sistah to do? Photo by David M. Allen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American), adoption community. Links: artist, review, review2, review3.

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Written and Performed by Mary DiminoNew York

Sat 10/4 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 69 min.

Bright child. Simple father. Best friends, until she outgrows him by age eleven. Only to realize dad’s brilliant. As is. Growing up smarter than your father in a funny, factory-working family from Queens. Come, simplify yourself... FringeNYC Outstanding Solo Show Award Winner, Mary Dimino is described as ”utterly captivating” by NY Theatre, “riotously funny” by The Wall Street Journal. Director: Christine Miller. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, special needs community. Links: show, artist, video, review, other, other2.

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Written and Performed by Beth UrechIllinois

Sat 10/4 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, performance art, 55 min.

This “sassy, supple, sexy 70+” (Chicago Examiner) survivor of broken bones and marriages shares her hilarious rollercoaster life. A “sophisticated” teenager becomes a Madison Avenue receptionist, an unhappy Hausfrau in the Swiss Alps, a globetrotting entrepreneur. Now an intrepid sailor at the helm of her life, Beth inspires you to act your age, whatever age you are! Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Melissa RitzNew York

Sat 10/4 9:00pm

drama, musical, tap dancing, 75 min.

Based on true events. Ina Ray Hutton was the legendary bandleader of the Melodears, an all-girl band in the 1930s. She was the first woman to conduct for male bands during the 1940s-50s, and the first woman to host her own TV show. But her success in the spotlight was threatened by a secret she couldn’t afford to reveal. Director and Script Developer: Julie Kline. Choreographer: Tony Coppola. Music Arranger: Barry Best. Costume Design: Mariya Radevay-Nedyalkova. Video Footage Courtesy of: Paramount Pictures. Photo by Alex White. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American). Links: artist, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Sabrina LambNew York

Sun 10/5 2:00pm

drama, 60 min.

A solo performance play featuring the divergent perspectives in the trial of the State of Florida versus Marissa Alexander. A lower court rejects a defense of the ‘stand-your-ground’ law after a wife and mother fires warning shots near her estranged husband and two stepchildren. A controversial legal firestorm ensues. Director: Gretchen Cryer. Stage Manager: Byron Saunders. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (African American), domestic violence survivors. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Susannah MeloneNew York

Sun 10/5 4:00pm

drama, comedy, 75 min.

A free re-imagining of the life, loves, and art of the 19th-century British celebrity Lillie Langtry and her struggles to play Shakespeare’s Rosalind, shedding light on the difficult art of letting our hearts be our craft. Surrealism. Biography. Scandal. Heartbreak. An unprecedented, indomitable woman. And hope. Director: James McArdle. Costume Designer: Emily Rose Parman. Stage Manager: Tierney Nolen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, Shakespeare enthusiasts. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Verna GillisNew York

Sun 10/5 6:00pm

stand-up, 40 min.

70 is the new 70! Verna’s niche is aging — and so is she! She has been performing “sit down comedy” for the last four years. Verna is the “imaginator” of “Kick Butt Ball.” She published “I Just Want to Be Invited — I Promise Not to Come: Life as One Liners.” This funny reflective show is about putting on and taking off her “retrospectacles.” Photo by Ilene Cutler. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Matthew LaBancaNew York

Sun 10/5 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, music, 75 min.

This autobiographical solo show circles around Matthew’s Broadway debut in “Young Frankenstein.” Told through song, dance, and behind-the-scenes stories, this Broadway actor articulates his struggle with the notion of success, and exposes the anxiety that comes from living a life rooted in other people’s approval. Director: Kira Simring. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Sabrina LambNew York

Mon 10/6 6:00pm

drama, 60 min.

A solo performance play featuring the divergent perspectives in the trial of the State of Florida versus Marissa Alexander. A lower court rejects a defense of the ‘stand-your-ground’ law after a wife and mother fires warning shots near her estranged husband and two stepchildren. A controversial legal firestorm ensues. Director: Gretchen Cryer. Stage Manager: Byron Saunders. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (African American), domestic violence survivors. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Liliana AshmanNew Mexico

Mon 10/6 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, poetry, 43 min.

Borders aren’t just political — they’re personal. This daring new play illuminates one woman’s attempt to interrogate the bureaucratic horror of Immigration Policy, seeking humanity in a deeply dehumanizing process. Lili explores immigration – from her native New Mexico to Ireland – and why it’s the issue everyone's so damn worried about. Additional Text: Malu Bremer. Director: Madeleine Rose M. Parsigian. Photo by Sarah Ahern. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Irish), immigrants. Link: facebook.

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Performed by Faith CollinsCalifornia

Mon 10/6 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

Every woman comes to a crossroad where she must make a decision that will change her life forever. In this story, five unique women from one family explore everything from identity to unsatisfying relationships. Playwright: Kimba Henderson. Director: Keith Johnson. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Anthoula KatsimatidesNew York

Tue 10/7 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, dance, multimedia, 60 min.

One woman’s journey to freedom while wrestling old-world views; a modern-day Greek tragedy! Growing up with the mantra “What will people think?” controlling her every move, Anthoula navigates through personal turmoil and loss to find happiness. A testament to human spirit. Director: Petro Fourniotis. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Matthew LaBancaNew York

Tue 10/7 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, music, 75 min.

This autobiographical solo show circles around Matthew’s Broadway debut in “Young Frankenstein.” Told through song, dance, and behind-the-scenes stories, this Broadway actor articulates his struggle with the notion of success, and exposes the anxiety that comes from living a life rooted in other people’s approval. Director: Kira Simring. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Susannah MeloneNew York

Wed 10/8 3:30pm

drama, comedy, 75 min.

A free re-imagining of the life, loves and art of the 19th-century British celebrity Lillie Langtry and her struggles to play Shakespeare’s Rosalind, shedding light on the difficult art of letting our hearts be our craft. Surrealism. Biography. Scandal. Heartbreak. An unprecedented, indomitable woman. And hope. Director: James McArdle. Costume Designer: Emily Rose Parman. Stage Manager: Tierney Nolen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, Shakespeare enthusiasts. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Alex MahgoubNew York

Wed 10/8 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, 50 min.

Murder, drugs, bisexuality and NYC real estate all in one show? After his dad passes away, Alex struggles to become a “man” without his father’s presence. Alex tells the honest, vulnerable, and funny story about how one boy rose from being a fat nerd with glasses to an elite real estate broker in NYC. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, Millenials/Generation Y.

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Written and Performed by Peter SearlesUnited Kingdom

Wed 10/8 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, 70 min.

After his much younger girlfriend leaves him for his better-looking, richer, more successful friend, Searles desperately resorts to a new-age self-help healing therapy — with hilarious, painful and revelatory results. One of the UK’s foremost stand-up storytellers, Pete has toured all over the world. UK sell-outs include the National Theatre and numerous prestigious arts festivals. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Vivian NesbittNew Mexico

Thu 10/9 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 55 min.

Bending time and space to understand her legendary Irish ancestor’s legacy, Vivian portrays seven characters that lead her to a startling and unpredictable discovery. Epiphany and surrender together with the laugh-out-loud comedy of human nature, this is Vivian Nesbitt’s award-winning play about connection and transformation. Best Documentary and Best Lighting Design Awards at United Solo 2013. Director: Lee Kitts. Lighting Design: Karen Perlow. Set and Costume Design: Karen Anselm. Photo by Antonya Molleur. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), recovery groups. Links: show, artist, video, review, review2.

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Written and Performed by Melissa RitzNew York

Thu 10/9 9:00pm

drama, musical, tap dancing, 75 min.

Based on true events. Ina Ray Hutton was the legendary bandleader of the Melodears, an all-girl band in the 1930s. She was the first woman to conduct for male bands during the 1940s-50s, and the first woman to host her own TV show. But her success in the spotlight was threatened by a secret she couldn’t afford to reveal. Director and Script Developer: Julie Kline. Choreographer: Tony Coppola. Music Arranger: Barry Best. Costume Design: Mariya Radevay-Nedyalkova. Video Footage Courtesy of: Paramount Pictures. Photo by Alex White. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American). Links: artist, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Arielle Haller-SilverstoneNew York

Fri 10/10 6:00pm

drama, comedy, 46 min.

While filming “Lover Come Back,” Doris Day rushes home to Beverly Hills to prepare a dinner party. With Rock Hudson to lend moral support, and legendary guests en route, everything goes as planned until the plan unravels. Have a seat at the dinner table and uncover the secrets and scandals behind America’s favorite bubbly, blue-eyed sweetheart. Producer: Gabrielle Berberich. Director: David Wells. Stage Manager: Will F. Young. Assistant Stage Manager: Sheree Abate. Photo by John Johnson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Aja NisensonNew Jersey

Fri 10/10 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, music, musical, 90 min.

The story of a young woman who’s been with more therapists than men. Join Aja Nisenson on the couch and Emmy Award-winning composer Gary Schreiner on the piano in this riotous first-person exploration of self-improvement. Insurance accepted. Musical Director: Gary Schreiner. Director: Michael Aman. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Emma CrystalTennessee

Sat 10/11 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, movement, music, performance art, 83 min.

What do we do when we reach a crossroads in life? When one woman is faced with homelessness, she comically relives events—the drama of baptism, a racist Southern teacher, physical and drug abuse, rejection in the performing arts world, a romp with a lushy Latina—to find inspiration to carry her through. Director: Jamie Mann. Sponsor: Ekundayo Bandele. Photo by Cedric Moore. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: video.

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Written and Performed by Amy OestreicherConnecticut

Sat 10/11 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, musical, performance art, 70 min.

After its sold-out, Broadway World Award-nominated run in NYC, CT, and MA, Oestreicher’s near-death experience and unique personal story are once again woven into a moving, entertaining, and inspiring evening of music, humor, surprise, and triumph. At 18, Oestreicher fell into a coma after a blood clot abruptly caused her stomach to literally explode. After 27 surgeries and three years without food or drink, her passion and hunger for life stayed strong, proving that with hope, anything is possible. Director: Jerold Goldstein. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, anyone who has been through medical or other obstacles. Links: artist, video, other, other2.

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Written and Performed by David NewerCalifornia

Sat 10/11 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 60 min.

Substitute teaching becomes a war zone for an actor who, seeking an easy and quick financial fix, expects to just “babysit for six hours.” While simultaneously grappling with his sick father and a failing marriage, he develops a stronger bond with his students, which leads to greater meaning and purpose in his life. Director: Erica Silberman. Stage Manager: Camille Shandle. Photo by Lisa Silberman. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Created and Performed by Diane EdgecombMassachusetts

Sat 10/11 9:00pm

drama, storytelling, 80 min.

A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest to discover and bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountainous regions of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her. Director: Richard McElvain. Sound and Lighting Design: Larry Buckley. Costume Design: Amanda Mujica. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Kurdish). Links: show, artist, video, other.

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Written and Performed by Renata HinrichsIowa

Sun 10/12 2:00pm

drama, 60 min.

What happens when a young girl is left to fend for herself on the streets of the South Side of Chicago in the late 60s? The story is told from the perspective of a child trying to make sense of the violent, chaotic world around her. Can she trust her father’s view of the world? Can one act of kindness change the course of a life? Photo by Darryl Hell. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, artist, video.

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Performed by Maria SilvermanNew York

Sun 10/12 4:00pm

drama, storytelling, autobiography, 90 min.

The feminist author of “Woman Hating,” “Pornography,” and “Intercourse” wrote an autobiographical essay so personal, she showed it to no one. In that text, discovered after her death, she tells of her drug rape in Paris at age 52. It is fierce and irreverent, witty and emotionally raw—and it cries out to be heard. Text: Andrea Dworkin. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, survivors and allies. Links: video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Emily MarshVirginia

Sun 10/12 6:00pm

drama, tragedy, movement, poetry, 60 min.

“Transfixed by the Dahlia” flows effortlessly between interviews, movement, song, and ritual poetic drama as Emily Marsh, a 22-year-old girl from 2014, holds up her life to Elizabeth Shorts’, a 22-year-old girl brutally murdered in 1947. Unearthed is the timeless theme of women's sexuality and strength even in the face of a patriarchal society. Recommended for: teenagers, adults. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Mary DiminoNew York

Sun 10/12 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 69 min.

Bright child. Simple father. Best friends, until she outgrows him by age eleven. Only to realize dad’s brilliant. As is. Growing up smarter than your father in a funny, factory-working family from Queens. Come, simplify yourself... FringeNYC Outstanding Solo Show Award Winner, Mary Dimino is described as ”utterly captivating” by NY Theatre, “riotously funny” by The Wall Street Journal. Director: Christine Miller. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, special needs community. Links: show, artist, video, review, other, other2.

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Written and Performed by Arielle Haller-SilverstoneNew York

Mon 10/13 6:00pm

drama, comedy, 46 min.

While filming “Lover Come Back,” Doris Day rushes home to Beverly Hills to prepare a dinner party. With Rock Hudson to lend moral support, and legendary guests en route, everything goes as planned until the plan unravels. Have a seat at the dinner table and uncover the secrets and scandals behind America’s favorite bubbly, blue-eyed sweetheart. Producer: Gabrielle Berberich. Director: David Wells. Stage Manager: Will F. Young. Assistant Stage Manager: Sheree Abate. Photo by John Johnson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Vicky KupermanRussia

Mon 10/13 7:30pm

stand-up, 55 min.

A young New York woman’s riveting and hilarious one-hour stand-up show. A ride through Russia, South America, dating younger men, prescription drugs, crazy families and much more. David Brenner said, “Everyone who loves to laugh at intelligent, original comedy has to see Russian-born Vicky Kuperman.” Actor Danny Aiello said she is “well on her way to comedy stardom.” Director: Brian Luna. Photo by Lev Gorn. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Russian, Jewish), dreamers, surfers, and people who like to laugh. Link: artist.

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Written, Directed and Performed by Arthur ElbakyanCalifornia

Mon 10/13 9:00pm

comedy, tragedy, improv, classic, 70 min.

One performer, ten characters. After finding himself in a mental hospital against his will, an actor ponders upon his life, love and hatred, men and women, youth and age, “kings” and the rulers of the world, and freedom of speech. By drawing parallels between modern-day life and the days of Shakespeare, he discovers that relationships and values haven’t changed at all. Translator: Meri Elbakyan. Co-Producers: Arthur Elbakyan and Meri Elbakyan. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Performed by Daniel Piper KublickNew York

Tue 10/14 7:30pm

comedy, 60 min.

A man is forced onstage. The rest of his cast does not join him. Faced with an audience looking for a show, his initial stalling gives way to a comic downward spiral of identity crisis, loss, and human connection. Playwright and Director: Kris Kling. Recommended for: teenagers, adults.

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Created and Performed by Carolann ValentinoNew York

Tue 10/14 9:00pm

musical, 75 min.

8-time award winning “musical-comedy tour de force, delivered with sizzle” - 18 hilarious characters portrayed through song, dance, comedy and improv. Carolann’s sizzling tales about managing a multimillion-dollar steakhouse in NYC will leave you inspired and hungry for more! “Hysterical and Engaging!” — Broadway World Houston, "Example of how great a solo show can be!" - Denver Post ★★★★★ — Edmonton Vue, ★★★★★ — Calgary Sun Recommended for: adults. Links: show, video, review, review2, review3.

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Performed by Tom BairNew York

Wed 10/15 3:30pm

storytelling, 120 min.

This compelling and remarkable story, written down by St. Mark but attributed to St. Peter, tells of Jesus’s conflict with the religious and secular authorities of the time, his important teachings, his somewhat stormy, often humorous relationships with his disciples, his miraculous acts and, above all, his unique sense of mission. This complete rendition of the Gospel, spoken in the simple and elegant English prose of the King James Bible, is a thrilling and beautiful theater experience. Director: Kathleen Conry. Stage Manager: Erica Palmer. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, show.

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Performed by Daniel BenhamuFlorida

Wed 10/15 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, 60 min.

A comedy about growing up isolated and learning how to be a man the hard way, after feeling controlled by a history of sexual disappointment. It is a self-deprecating, gritty bit about a not-so-innocent kid processing and changing the way he turns out. This discomforting coming-of-age story is told by a self-examining tour guide who rediscovers his right to dream, despite being nowhere near a miracle. Director: Zishan Ugurlu. Stage Manager: Lindsay Griffin. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Performed by Christine St. JohnUnited Kingdom

Wed 10/15 9:00pm

drama, biography, 85 min.

Two-time Oscar winning actress Bette Davis placed an advert in the Hollywood Reporter in August 1962 for work. Why? Visiting the Motion Picture Academy Library in Los Angeles and the Bette Davis Archival Collection in Boston, Christine began to piece together the true story behind the advert — and the woman. Her meticulously researched play is no mere catalogue of showbiz reminiscences. It is a work packed with drama, intrigue and comedy. This compelling story provides a unique and touching insight into both Hollywood in its heyday, and arguably the finest actress of her generation. Director: Jane Drake Brody. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Performed by Adam WepplerNorth Carolina

Thu 10/16 7:30pm

drama, multimedia, 60 min.

In the year 2030, there will only be one name in modern technology: Rossum Robotics. Join Rossum representative Adam Weston for a thrilling presentation that includes testimonies from beta testers and the debut of the company’s greatest product yet: A.D.A.M. 2.0, an assisted-living robot that will revolutionize modern healthcare as we know it. Playwright: Tyler Grimes. Producer: Less Than Rent Theatre. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: video, other.

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Written and Performed by Susannah MeloneNew York

Thu 10/16 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 75 min.

A free re-imagining of the life, loves and art of the 19th-century British celebrity Lillie Langtry and her struggles to play Shakespeare’s Rosalind, shedding light on the difficult art of letting our hearts be our craft. Surrealism. Biography. Scandal. Heartbreak. An unprecedented, indomitable woman. And hope. Director: James McArdle. Costume Designer: Emily Rose Parman. Stage Manager: Tierney Nolen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, Shakespeare enthusiasts. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Julia BlauveltMassachusetts

Fri 10/17 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 60 min.

It’s funny how bad timing can be. For Julia Blauvelt, that time was late 2012 and the location was Queensland, Australia. During what should have been a peaceful retreat to the Sunburnt Country, a perfect storm of emotional undercurrent finally erupts over Vegemite toast, warm smiles, and grandma’s famous prawn dinner. This dry, unflinchingly candid story of a lost traveller will have everyone asking: was she depressed, or just dehydrated? Producers: Isaac Byrne & Alex Taylor. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community.

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Written and Performed by Amanda DohertyUnited Kingdom

Fri 10/17 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, movement, poetry, performance art, 30 min.

A fresh perspective on contemporary Northern Ireland; how today’s generation carries the wounds of their parents, unable to escape. A dynamic, innovative piece of work that bravely explores an untold perspective. The audience downloads the audio in advance and listens through individual earphones to accompany the physical performance of Amanda Doherty. Sound Engineer: Dan Acheson. Choreographer: Janie Doherty. Photo by Bigbad Llama. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish). Links: artist, video, review.

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Performed by Ali HarperNew Zealand

Fri 10/17 9:00pm

drama, comedy, movement, music, 90 min.

Savvy, sexy and exquisitely crafted, this one-woman play humorously exposes five women balancing the demands of their inner and outer lives. In this funny and touching portrayal, Ali Harper takes audiences on a journey through 5 shades of the modern woman — in life and love. From a beleaguered mother, to a 64-year-old widow who reawakens an appetite for the unexpected, to an aging cabaret star. Clever writing strips away polite veneers to reveal social pressures and hidden desires. This internationally successful play earned Ali Harper the New Zealand Actress of the Year award in 2008. Playwright: Joanna Murray-Smith. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, video.

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Performed by Ian WattUnited Kingdom

Sat 10/18 2:00pm

drama, comedy, 55 min.

1920s Hollywood - ridiculous decadence, big stars, bigger egos! Join the cast and crew on the cusp of cinema’s new age. Posterkrantz calls the last shots of his greatest epic. Will this fictional king of silent movie makers awaken from his delusional megalomania or stay silent forever? Razor-sharp portrait of Hollywood’s Silent Age. “High-octane,” “Funny, savage, engaging.” Playwright: Michael Almaz. Director: Tomek Borkowy. Photo by Alice Boreas. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Link: artist.

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Translated, Adapted and Performed by Zlatomir MoldovanskiBulgaria

Sat 10/18 4:00pm

comedy, tragedy, storytelling, improv, 60 min.

1965. Communist Bulgaria. Top hats. White gloves. Long black umbrellas. Aspirations. Bulgarians and Americans aren’t that different. We, the starry-eyed villagers, await Petar Petrovkov’s arrival. He holds the ticket to the grandiose city life we have been working so hard to achieve. This tragic hero shares the beauties and misconceptions with which our dreams were once filled. Director: Benjamin Williamson. Playwrights: Chudomir & Zlatomir Moldovanski. Recommended for: ethnic community (Bulgarian). Links: review, review2, review3.

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Written and Performed by Renata HinrichsIowa

Sat 10/18 6:00pm

drama, 60 min.

What happens when a young girl is left to fend for herself on the streets of the South Side of Chicago in the late 60s? The story is told from the perspective of a child trying to make sense of the violent, chaotic world around her. Can she trust her father’s view of the world? Can one act of kindness change the course of a life? Photo by Darryl Hell. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Javier RiveraPuerto Rico

Sat 10/18 7:30pm

storytelling, 60 min.

Born in Puerto Rico to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy, especially when it’s likely you are a big Queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, or candles to be lit. In this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet… a holy intervention. Thank God for Madonna. Director: Jeremy Ohringer. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Latino).

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Written and Performed by Joshua BlanchardTexas

Sat 10/18 9:00pm

drama, storytelling, narrative nonfiction, 80 min.

In the summer of 1994, one 14-year-old boy navigates life in a suburban ghetto. His mother’s denial of Lupus disease, his brother’s quick-thinking antics, and their houseful of hamsters merge into a summer of laughter and chaos. This funny and moving play explores the events that shape our realities, challenging us to embrace our circumstances even as they propel us towards uncertainty. Director: Christopher Alleman. Stage Manager and Sound Design: Benjamin Whitmore. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, terminally ill.

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Written and Performed by Richard StillmanNew Jersey

Sun 10/19 2:00pm

comedy, storytelling, music, 70 min.

A celebration of musical vaudeville. The tale is told through banjo strumming, eccentric tap dancing, vaudeville stories and wacky Charleston dances. Mr. Stillman’s portrayal of Ukulele Ike in “Lady Be Good” was described as: “…sheer stage magic…” –Thomas M. Disch, The Nation; “…executed with a deftly offhanded bravura…” –Stephen Holden, The New York Times. Accompanist: Paul Byrne. Photo by Peter Jacobs. Recommended for: children, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish, Jewish), jazz age & vaudeville aficionados. Links: artist, show.

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Written and Performed by Stephanie SatieCalifornia

Sun 10/19 4:00pm

drama, storytelling, performance art, 82 min.

They were kids. They were hidden "on the outside," satellites spinning in their own private orbit until decades later, they landed on a doorstep in Los Angeles to tell their stories for the first time. Based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust. “A stunning new work… nothing short of spectacular” — Entertainment Live Stage, L.A. Director: Anita Khanzadian. Photo by Rick Friesen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Jewish, Eastern European, Armenian), teachers, historians, psychologists, sociologists. Links: show, artist, review.

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Performed by Daniel BenhamuFlorida

Sun 10/19 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, 60 min.

A comedy about growing up isolated and learning how to be a man the hard way, after feeling controlled by a history of sexual disappointment. It is a self-deprecating, gritty bit about a not-so-innocent kid processing and changing the way he turns out. This discomforting coming-of-age story is told by a self-examining tour guide who rediscovers his right to dream, despite being nowhere near a miracle. Director: Zishan Ugurlu. Stage Manager: Lindsay Griffin. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written, Directed and Performed by Arthur ElbakyanCalifornia

Sun 10/19 7:30pm

comedy, tragedy, improv, classic, 70 min.

One performer, ten characters. After finding himself in a mental hospital against his will, an actor ponders upon his life, love and hatred, men and women, youth and age, “kings” and the rulers of the world, and freedom of speech. By drawing parallels between modern-day life and the days of Shakespeare, he discovers that relationships and values haven’t changed at all. Translator: Meri Elbakyan. Co-Producers: Arthur Elbakyan and Meri Elbakyan. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Alex MahgoubNew York

Mon 10/20 6:00am

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, 50 min.

Murder, drugs, bisexuality and NYC real estate all in one show? After his dad passes away, Alex struggles to become a “man” without his father’s presence. Alex tells the honest, vulnerable, and funny story about how one boy rose from being a fat nerd with glasses to an elite real estate broker in NYC. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, Millenials/Generation Y.

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Written and Performed by David NewerCalifornia

Mon 10/20 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 60 min.

Substitute teaching becomes a war zone for an actor who, seeking an easy and quick financial fix, expects to just “babysit for six hours.” While simultaneously grappling with his sick father and a failing marriage, he develops a stronger bond with his students, which leads to greater meaning and purpose in his life. Director: Erica Silberman. Stage Manager: Camille Shandle. Photo by Lisa Silberman. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Cathy Lind HayesCalifornia

Mon 10/20 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 88 min.

Adopted at three months old by celebrated entertainers, Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, Cathy reveals her insatiable desire to know the truth of where she came from. Forbidden by law to access her original birth certificate, she goes on a decades-long journey to finally meet the woman who gave her up. The adventures of a New York City foundling finding home. Director: Michael Allen Angel. Photo by Alan Weissman. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), adoption community. Link: other.

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Written and Performed by Rosie BittsCanada

Tue 10/21 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, music, burlesque, cabaret, 60 min.

The talented Miss Rosie Bitts mixes jazz and burlesque with raw seduction in these heartbreaking, hilarious and taboo tales of sex work, unplanned pregnancy, loss of virginity and more. With live accompaniment by Jeff Poynter, Rosie creates a night of entertainment that is a luscious pleasure to the senses. Subtly subversive, perfectly frank and completely titillating. Accompanist: Jeff Poynter. Director and Dramaturg: Suzanne Bachner. Costume Design: Kerri Derksen. Photo by Jo Ann Way. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, burlesque community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Maria Grazia AffinitoCalifornia

Tue 10/21 9:00pm

drama, comedy, 75 min.

Maria hopes a trip to her mom’s hometown will shed light on their volatile relationship. Maybe singing arias in the supermarket and offering to sell your daughter are just quaint Old World traditions? But even old friends in Italy are astonished when mom starts flinging pasta and bad poetry. “Best of Fringe” - San Francisco Fringe Festival. “Patrons Pick” - Orlando Fringe. Director: David Ford. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Italian, Mexican, Greek, Jewish). Links: video, review, review2, review3, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Charisse BrownNew York

Wed 10/22 3:30pm

drama, storytelling, 45 min.

Through poignant and sometimes comical storytelling, Charisse Brown portrays several true to life characters, who highlight how our own families, communities and race can perpetuate the internalization of a distorted self image over many generations. Director: Willie Teacher. Lighting Design: Antionette Tynes. Stage Manager: Trish Pennix. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Lauren WhiteNew York

Wed 10/22 7:30pm

storytelling, improv, multimedia, performance art, 65 min.

Help Wanted: Audience comfortable with changing lives. Responsibilities include: willingness to dish out advice and decisions for other people (i.e. me) due to your immense brilliance, great empathy or experience from your own messed up life. See the immediate impact your decisions have on Lauren’s real life. References not essential. Prior applicant feedback: “Very entertaining” — The Irish Times. “Absolutely hilarious” — Entertainment Magazine. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Irish).

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Written and Performed by Laura JenkinsArkansas

Wed 10/22 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, improv, poetry, 78 min.

In a dramatic triangle, a person plays a persecutor, a victim, or a rescuer. If that’s the way your family functions, you’ll be the perfect guest at a Jenkins family dinner! Brutally funny, and stabbing for the truth, Laura digs through her family’s past, attempting to fix her—in all senses of the word—nuclear family. Photo by Rachel Pickett. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Madeline ShartonMassachusetts

Thu 10/23 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, poetry, 45 min.

What are the powerful people among us getting away with? What invisible systems must we fight against? Whether we choose to examine the men who scarred the backs of slaves, the suits who stroll the White House corridors, or “The Most Popular Girl in School,” the truth remains that nothing is more powerful than power. Oh, except maybe chocolate. Co-Directors: Olivia Lloyd and Neal Kelley. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Melissa RitzNew York

Thu 10/23 9:00pm

drama, musical, tap dancing, 75 min.

Based on true events. Ina Ray Hutton was the legendary bandleader of the Melodears, an all-girl band in the 1930s. She was the first woman to conduct for male bands during the 1940s-50s, and the first woman to host her own TV show. But her success in the spotlight was threatened by a secret she couldn’t afford to reveal. Director and Script Developer: Julie Kline. Choreographer: Tony Coppola. Music Arranger: Barry Best. Costume Design: Mariya Radevay-Nedyalkova. Video Footage Courtesy of: Paramount Pictures. Photo by Alex White. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American). Links: artist, facebook.

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Performed by Liz StantonColorado

Fri 10/24 6:00pm

drama, movement, performance art, 45 min.

“There is a kiss we want with our whole lives,” writes Rumi. Lanie is kissed by a stranger in a garden. This kiss arouses Lanie’s desire to confront who she is and what is most dear to her. This magical play reveals what we are willing to sacrifice to live authentically, and how the choices we make transform us in unimaginable ways. Playwright: Peter Grandbois. Director: Andy Arden Reese. Production Design: WT McRae. Lighting Design: Jeremy Williams. Prop Artisan: Jack Corbett. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, poetry enthusiasts. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Minna PuolantoFinland

Fri 10/24 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, dance, movement, music, multimedia, 60 min.

A tragicomedy about a mom who never sleeps. Her husband and three little children need her 24/7. This award-winning show includes live music, dance, mime, multimedia, sports and sex. It has been acclaimed by critics and audiences all over the world. “Mommy loves you more than anything!” Director: Anna Veijalainen. Musician and Music Dramaturg: Timo Hirvonen. Light and Set Design: Max Wikström. Sound Design: Juha Tuisku. Photo by Jyrki Valkama. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Cathy Lind HayesCalifornia

Fri 10/24 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 88 min.

Adopted at three months old by celebrated entertainers, Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, Cathy reveals her insatiable desire to know the truth of where she came from. Forbidden by law to access her original birth certificate, she goes on a decades-long journey to finally meet the woman who gave her up. The adventures of a New York City foundling finding home. Director: Michael Allen Angel. Photo by Alan Weissman. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), adoption community. Link: other.

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Written and Performed by Shannon MateskyCalifornia

Sat 10/25 2:00pm

storytelling, poetry, performance art, 45 min.

This show explores the journey into womanhood. Through personal experiences and wakeup calls, Shannon realizes that she is not “grown” at all. This powerful one-woman show explores the importance of growing up without getting ahead of yourself. Director: Joshua Jeager. Musician: Ayinde Cartman. Choreographer: Erin Kilmurray. Dramaturg: Alexis Jade Links. Photo by Steven Porter. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Joshua BlanchardTexas

Sat 10/25 4:00pm

drama, storytelling, narrative nonfiction, 80 min.

In the summer of 1994, one 14-year-old boy navigates life in a suburban ghetto. His mother’s denial of Lupus disease, his brother’s quick-thinking antics, and their houseful of hamsters merge into a summer of laughter and chaos. This funny and moving play explores the events that shape our realities, challenging us to embrace our circumstances even as they propel us towards uncertainty. Director: Christopher Alleman. Stage Manager and Sound Design: Benjamin Whitmore. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, terminally ill.

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Written and Performed by Charisse BrownNew York

Sat 10/25 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, 45 min.

Through poignant and sometimes comical storytelling, Charisse Brown portrays several true to life characters, who highlight how our own families, communities and race can perpetuate the internalization of a distorted self image over many generations. Director: Willie Teacher. Lighting Design: Antionette Tynes. Stage Manager: Trish Pennix. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Nancy RedmanNew York

Sat 10/25 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, improv, 90 min.

A sci-fi comedy exploring the hypocrisy of Hippocrates. Best Stand-up Award, United Solo 2012. Best Comedian Award, United Solo 2011. Director: Austin Pendleton. Best Direction at United Solo 2010, 2011, and 2012. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: video, video2, other.

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Performed by Sentell HarperNew York

Sun 10/26 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

A show that asks: what does it mean to be different? To be black? To be gay? One performer shares the untold stories of black, gay men by boldly exploring dozens of characters who are fiercely funny, honest and surprising, whose complexity cannot be reduced behind stereotype. Photo by Tom Mcgrath. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American). Link: review.

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Written and Performed by Molly Parker MyersNew York

Sun 10/26 4:00pm

comedy, puppetry, multimedia, performance art, cabaret, 60 min.

Lillie St. Clair-Myasnikov—former child star of the 1980 Broadway flop Baby!Jane!—makes her triumphant return to the stage in an evening of popular songs in the public domain, circa 1920-22! A tragicomic cabaret created and performed by Molly Parker Myers - with the piano stylings of Joel Flowers. Accompanist: Joel Flowers. Photo by Jen Kiaba. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Sunita MukhiPhilippines

Sun 10/26 6:00pm

drama, storytelling, poetry, multimedia, performance art, 60 min.

Sunita Mukhi inhabits the personas of three quirky, irreverent and powerful fictive-mythic divas. The high priestess Vulvita Devi cajoles you to testify to the true relationship between Eve and the Serpent; Lady Liberty transforms from hedonistic bigamist to savior after the 9/11 attacks; and Sita, the paragon of Hindu womanhood, complains about being put through the test of fire! Photo by Shruti Parekh. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (South Asian, Asian American).

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Written and Performed by Ann TalmanNew York

Sun 10/26 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Woody conjured a sister the only way a nonverbal boy with cerebral palsy could – by pointing to Mom’s tummy and Dad’s…lap. Ann a.k.a. Woody’s Order! She dreamed of Broadway. He dreamed she would always be there for him. A loving team for life. Meet Woody, Ann, Mom, Dad, Elizabeth Taylor and a cast of “special souls.” Join them on their unexpected rite of passage. Director: Kel Haney. Stage Manager: Meghan Fisher. Originally Developed with: Matt Hoverman. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Beth UrechIllinois

Mon 10/27 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, performance art, 55 min.

This “sassy, supple, sexy 70+” (Chicago Examiner) survivor of broken bones and marriages shares her hilarious rollercoaster life. A “sophisticated” teenager becomes a Madison Avenue receptionist, an unhappy Hausfrau in the Swiss Alps, a globetrotting entrepreneur. Now an intrepid sailor at the helm of her life, Beth inspires you to act your age, whatever age you are! Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Charisse BrownNew York

Mon 10/27 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, 45 min.

Through poignant and sometimes comical storytelling, Charisse Brown portrays several true to life characters, who highlight how our own families, communities and race can perpetuate the internalization of a distorted self image over many generations. Director: Willie Teacher. Lighting Design: Antionette Tynes. Stage Manager: Trish Pennix. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Pippa WhiteNebraska

Mon 10/27 9:00pm

drama, multimedia, 75 min.

They were ordinary people: shopkeepers, factory workers, housewives, bakers, farmers, teachers, auto mechanics. They worked in France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Scandinavia - wherever the Nazis were, they were there, too - soldiers, but not in uniform. Together they were fighting an underground war against Hitler. They risked their lives to cripple the Third Reich. And they did. Their stories are harrowing, and true. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Ami JayUnited Kingdom

Tue 10/28 7:30pm

drama, 50 min.

Katharina–or Katharine, or Kate, or the Shrew, she isn’t sure which–is trapped. She drinks. She folds the laundry. She throws things. She reminisces. A new piece of solo theatre about what it means to be someone, what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be trapped in our own underwhelming destinies. Director: Abigail Pickard Price. Producer: Alexandra Da Silva. Photo by Stephanie Yt Chan. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Anna FishbeynNew York

Tue 10/28 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

A story about a girl who refuses to be defined by her origins: Russian in America, Jewish in Russia, poor little immigrant. The only way out is the English language – and so begins a journey into the wild antics of the letter “u,” the spit-firing enunciations of “th,” and the unforeseen hazards of not knowing idioms. Experience the Russian version of what it means to be an American! Director: Scott Klavan. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Roger James KuhnsConnecticut

Wed 10/29 3:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, music, 80 min.

An exciting true adventure about finding life’s purpose on a journey across Australia’s outback. Kuhns unveils a funny and poignant dreamtime realm. He meets people grappling with destiny in a world turned upside down by tribalism, colonialism and modern business, as he and his friend face their own mortality. Photo by Rolf Olson. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Brian SchillerNew York

Wed 10/29 7:30pm

comedy, stand-up, 60 min.

In this hilarious and poignant coming of age romp, stand-up comedian and Queens native Brian Schiller presents a stunning portrait about love and sex that is not to be missed. “There’s something unique about the voice, something beyond words like funny, smart, honest.” — Mark Kenward, “Nantucket.” Recommended for: ethnic community (Jewish), sexuality educators, advocates for mental health therapy, advocates for reporting abuse, college students 17 & over. Links: artist, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Susan FerraraNew York

Wed 10/29 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

“It was the week everyone called me Wonder Woman…” A beautiful September morning. A woman’s journey downtown and the landscape of a city; changing. The small and large stories that transform a world. Co-Directors: Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley. Photo by Mina Widmer. Recommended for: adults. Links: show, artist.

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Adapted, Choreographed and Performed by YokkoJapan

Thu 10/30 7:30pm

drama, tragedy, dance, movement, classic, 60 min.

Using the Japanese dance of Butoh and an adapted text, Yokko tells the story of Medea. This fusion of Western drama and Eastern dance takes the audience into Medea’s spirit, seeing the world she is drawn into, where love, hate, despair and the struggle between her humanity and her inhumanity take hold. Co-Adapter: Sean Michael Welch. Co-Choreographer: Jordan Rosin. Costume Design: Deepsikah Chatterjee. Lighting Design: Derek Van Heel. Stage Manager: Blair Hotchner. Associate Director: Brian Rhinehart. Photo by Vanessa Teran. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Japanese). Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Pippa WhiteNebraska

Thu 10/30 9:00pm

drama, multimedia, 70 min.

It was called “the golden door” and “the front door to freedom.” Sometimes it was “the Island of Hope.” Other times, “the Island of Tears.” For millions of immigrants, it was their first experience of life in America. Meet Fanny, Rifka, Luigi, Vera and others as they confront Ellis Island. Their stories are true. Recommended for: theatre community. Link: artist.

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Performed by Brendan WahlersNew York

Fri 10/31 6:00pm

drama, comedy, 50 min.

“Guy” struggles with sleepwalking while trying to hold onto the love of his life – and not walk out of his apartment naked. Playwright: Matthew Ethan Davis. Director: Billy Mitchell. Stage Manager: George Seylaz. Photo by Kristin Eli Smith. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Link: show.

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Written and Performed by Andrea SchellCalifornia

Fri 10/31 7:30pm

comedy, 53 min.

Seven eccentric characters confront and grapple with the dual nature that exists in most women: the need to be free and the need to be perfect, like perfect!, in every way. Influenced by Arlo Guthrie, Wendy Wasserstein and the self-help industry, this show incorporates monologue, poetry, movement, and song… everything you want in a solo show and more! Director: Wade Gasque. Photo by Linda Abbott. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, women. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Dave ShawNew York

Fri 10/31 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

This memory play and dark comedy is told from a 30-year-old’s perspective on his 16-year-old self — struggling to understand his depression, his parents’ divorce, and his time in a mental health facility. Director and Editor: Emily Lyon. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community.

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Performed by Zara PhillipsUnited Kingdom

Sat 11/1 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 60 min.

After her adoptive mother dies and leaves her to care for an adoptive father who was never there for her, Zara takes a dreamlike journey that brings her face-to-face with the biological father she’s always longed to know and the sister who was never born. Zara’s music moves the story along in this poignant and funny piece. Best Direction Award, United Solo 2013. Directors: Eliza Roberts and Eric Roberts. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Written and Performed by Sarah Elizabeth GreerPennsylvania

Sat 11/1 4:00pm

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

Raised in a conservative Mennonite community, Sarah Elizabeth Greer sees her world turned upside down when her quirky, over-the-top Greek biological mother crashes into her life, sending her on a hilarious, moving, and occasionally pathologically extreme journey to come to terms with the definitions of her existence and overall purpose in the world. Best Multimedia Award, United Solo 2013. Best Comedy Award, United Solo 2012. Photo by Christine A. Butler. Recommended for: theatre community, the adoption community.

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Written and Performed by Sharla SmithUnited Kingdom

Sat 11/1 7:30pm

drama, movement, music, 30 min.

Through the mediums of spoken word, monologue and rap, “Perception-ism” is Sharla Smith’s one-woman show. It explores three characters perception of life in Brixton and was inspired by the 2011 London riots. It also raises question to the perception we each may have about class, race and gender. “Perception-ism” attempts to close the gap between these boxes of class, race and gender by having a conversation, smiling and being kind to one another. If nothing else, these barriers are already broken by one woman playing all three. Sharla has performed this play in London and is ecstatic about showing it off in New York. Photo by Caroline Webster. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, ethnic community (Caribbean). Link: other.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Sat 11/1 9:00pm

comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

In the tradition of legendary monologist Spalding Gray, Actor/Playwright Joe Gulla sits alone at a table…notebook and bottle of water at the ready! Wherever you go…there you are! That’s the nuts, essence and bolts of this sharp, touching, and hysterical show. Gulla’s latest picks up where “The Bronx Queen” (United Solo Festival Winner: Best Comedic Script 2012, Most Popular Show 2013) left off. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: video, twitter, other, other2.

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Written and Performed by Jair BulaColombia

Sun 11/2 2:00pm

drama, movement, 27 min.

In a world full of trials and temptations, one question reverberates in Yeshua’s mind: "Who am I?" As Yeshua searches within his heart and exhausts his body, mind, and spirit, will he find the courage to face his destiny? Come along for the journey and find out. Director and Stage Manager: Vanessa Elise. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Performed by Tandy CronynNew York

Sun 11/2 4:00pm

drama, 74 min.

A moving tale of displaced children in the aftermath of WWII. Swept up by US Army units and outfitted as G.I. mascots, three boys are dumped at a displaced person camp after their G.I. units are shipped back to the States. The boys yearn to follow their units "home" to America, but American racism confounds the hopes of one boy with a G.I. sponsor – who happens to be black. Playwright: Simon Bent. Director: Bruch Reed. Original text: Kay Boyle. Photo by Trix Rosen. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (African American), WWII history buffs. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Joanna StaneckaGermany

Sun 11/2 6:00pm

drama, 60 min.

On my farm, I have a diverse flock of animals, each with its own unique personality: an ox, a horse, a little goat, a lamb, a hen. I’m sure if you look around your neighborhood, you’ll also find “oxen,” “hens” or “lambs” of a similar kind. And you may ask yourself, “What kind of creature am I?” This is a story about a lonely woman who has forgotten her dreams and her identity because of her duties on the farm. It is an allegory about how the difficulties of life in a big family become one person’s inconspicuous poison. Director: Iwona Jera. Translator: Judy Wee. Music: The Buggs. Text Correction: Peter Jansen. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Susan FerraraNew York

Sun 11/2 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

“It was the week everyone called me Wonder Woman…” A beautiful September morning. A woman’s journey downtown and the landscape of a city; changing. The small and large stories that transform a world. Co-Directors: Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley. Photo by Mina Widmer. Recommended for: adults. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Madeline ShartonMassachusetts

Mon 11/3 6:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, poetry, 45 min.

What are the powerful people among us getting away with? What invisible systems must we fight against? Whether we choose to examine the men who scarred the backs of slaves, the suits who stroll the White House corridors, or “The Most Popular Girl in School,” the truth remains that nothing is more powerful than power. Oh, except maybe chocolate. Co-Directors: Olivia Lloyd and Neal Kelley. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Vicky KupermanRussia

Mon 11/3 7:30pm

stand-up, 55 min.

A young New York woman’s riveting and hilarious one-hour stand-up show. A ride through Russia, South America, dating younger men, prescription drugs, crazy families and much more. David Brenner said, “Everyone who loves to laugh at intelligent, original comedy has to see Russian-born Vicky Kuperman.” Actor Danny Aiello said she is “well on her way to comedy stardom.” Director: Brian Luna. Photo by Lev Gorn. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Russian, Jewish), dreamers, surfers, and people who like to laugh. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Billy HipkinsNew York

Mon 11/3 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

President Lincoln has been shot! And Jennie Gourlay’s shot at stardom is ruined. Billy Hipkins strongly identifies with this fellow theatrical also-ran. Is his current showbiz life a karmic payback? Did he shoot Lincoln? And why does he love hoop skirts so much? He’ll tell you in his solo adventure through her story, his story, and history. Best Educational Piece Award, United Solo 2012. Director: Perry Dell'Aquila. Stage Manager: Tim Elliott. Composer: Joe Kinosian. Photo by Justin Patterson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, video, review, other.

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Written and Performed by Anthoula KatsimatidesNew York

Tue 11/4 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, dance, multimedia, 60 min.

One woman’s journey to freedom while wrestling old-world views; a modern-day Greek tragedy! Growing up with the mantra “What will people think?” controlling her every move, Anthoula navigates through personal turmoil and loss to find happiness. A testament to human spirit. Director: Petro Fourniotis. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Co-written, Composed and Performed by Amy NostbakkenCanada

Tue 11/4 9:00pm

drama, movement, musical, 70 min.

Natalie is offered the chance of a lifetime. But as she rises to the heights of her potential, a descent into madness unfolds. Winner of an Argus Angel Award and nominated for a Dora Award, Latest 7 Award, and Manchester Theatre Award, this show is a stunning experience that walks the fine line between sanity and psychosis. Co-Playwright and Director: Nir Paldi. Producer: Theatre Ad Infinitum. Photo by Ryan Garside. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, feminist organizations, depression organizations. Links: show, video, review, review2.

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Performed by Emely GrisantyDominican Republic

Wed 11/5 3:30pm

drama, classic, 60 min.

“Oedipus” is an original play inspired by Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex,” written and directed by award-winning playwright Walter Ventosilla. Emely Grisanty, the featured actress portrays eight roles in this minimalist production. The first of its kind on a NY stage, the story is performed by a solo Hispanic female who effortlessly transitions into and out of seven male and one female roles. Director and Playwright: Walter Ventosilla. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: artist, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Sabrina MoellaFrance/Canada

Wed 11/5 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, 60 min.

Irresistibly funny, beautifully moving and boldly colorful, this show tells the story of three generations of Congolese women from one family. In this tour-de-force performance, Sabrina Moella uses old memories, dances and songs from the Democratic Republic of Congo to celebrate Congolese women’s remarkable strength and resilience. An epic journey into the heart of Africa. Director: Dian Marie Bridge. Photo by Fonna Seidu. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, ethnic community (African, African American), musical-goers, dance community. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Susan FerraraNew York

Wed 11/5 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

“It was the week everyone called me Wonder Woman…” A beautiful September morning. A woman’s journey downtown and the landscape of a city; changing. The small and large stories that transform a world. Co-Directors: Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley. Photo by Mina Widmer. Recommended for: adults. Links: show, artist.

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Performed by Missy MaramaraPhilippines

Thu 11/6 7:30pm

drama, tragedy, storytelling, 40 min.

A modern look at the classical depiction of a woman scorned. A woman condemned by a jury of men, Clytemnestra faces the consequences of redeeming her honor by killing the man she loved. The juxtaposition of classic and modern explores themes of redemption in betrayal, courage in nightmares, and triumph in tragedy. Adapter and Director: Kiara Pipino. Translation from Aeschylus: Diane Rayor and Andrew Lund. Assistant Director: Jason Flannery. Recommended for: students of all ages, literary scholars, the elderly, and feminist organizations.

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Performed by Leland GanttPennsylvania

Thu 11/6 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 90 min.

Relating stories at once harrowing, incredible, and often hilarious—brushes with crime, drugs, and alcohol, as well as interactions with racist and non-racist white and black people—this show tracks one man’s journey from realization to acceptance to ultimate transcendence of the demon Racism. Incredibly raw, brutally honest, poignant and funny: I’m just trying to start a conversation. Directorial Consultant: Estelle Parsons. Stage Manager: Emily Ballou. Recommended for: all audiences.

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Performed by Tatou DedeGreece

Fri 11/7 6:00pm

drama, tragedy, movement, classic, 50 min.

Written in 1972, this text belongs to the “Fourth Dimension,” an evocative work by Yannis Ritsos. The pianist, dancer and actress Tatou Dede and the director and actor Manolis Ionas highlight the sensitivity and sharpness of Ritsos’s verse in a performance that marries poetry, dance and music in a sensitive and acidic approach. A penetration of multifaceted female entity and a search for the folic, social and political dimension of existence. Director: Manolis Ionas. Playwright: Yannis Ritsos. Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou. Graphic Design: Christina Sifianou. Recommended for: theatre community, ethnic community (Greek). Links: video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Vanessa EliseFlorida

Fri 11/7 7:30pm

drama, comedy, 30 min.

So many of us just skim the surface of our lives. Without realizing it, we get overwhelmed by the excess noise. Time is life. For photographer Amaya Lora, it’s all about capturing moments with her lens. However, a lot gets missed when you’re just behind a camera. In a flash, everything can change. Are there really second chances? Director and Stage Manager: Jair Bula. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Latino), dreamers.

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Written and Performed by Anna FishbeynNew York

Fri 11/7 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

A story about a girl who refuses to be defined by her origins: Russian in America, Jewish in Russia, poor little immigrant. The only way out is the English language – and so begins a journey into the wild antics of the letter “u,” the spit-firing enunciations of “th,” and the unforeseen hazards of not knowing idioms. Experience the Russian version of what it means to be an American! Director: Scott Klavan. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video, facebook.

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Performed by Tom SchuchNew Mexico

Sat 11/8 2:00pm

drama, comedy, educational, 90 min.

Its 1946, the Bomb was dropped, the world was changed forever, and Albert Einstein invites you to his home to finally set the record straight. Join Dr. Einstein for an evening of humor, introspection, and science. Find out why his theories are being proved correct to this day and how he solved some of the world’s greatest mysteries. Playwright: Willard Simms. Photo by John Maio. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, other.

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Written and Performed by Stefhen BryanJamaica

Sat 11/8 4:00pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, 95 min.

The hilarious and heartbreaking story of Stefhen Bryan’s struggles to find love in the face of an overzealous mother and an absent father. After multiple attempts on his own life, learning the shocking truth of his origins, and a showdown with an NYPD armada as he tries to connect with his father, Stefhen ultimately leaves the West to begin a rebirth in Japan. Director and Dramaturg: Jared Scheib. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: video, facebook, review, review2.

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Written and Performed by Kim MorrisIllinois

Sat 11/8 7:30pm

storytelling, 47 min.

Twinkling glass. Bloody face. Intolerant soul. You know how you learn how not to be a raging jackass? Get your face smashed in. This is the story of a car crash, the slow march to recuperation, and small kindnesses that teach profound lessons. Director and Dramaturg: Cassy Sanders. Photo by Tyler Core. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community. Link: other.

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Written and Performed by Dave ShawNew York

Sat 11/8 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 80 min.

This memory play and dark comedy is told from a 30-year-old’s perspective on his 16-year-old self — struggling to understand his depression, his parents’ divorce, and his time in a mental health facility. Director and Editor: Emily Lyon. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community.

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Conceived and Performed by Sandy SimonaNew York

Sun 11/9 2:00pm

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

A biographical, multimedia, storytelling experience. A time capsule of memories, secrets and precious experiences of the three Belman sisters, who immigrate to America from the U.S.S.R. before and after Perestroika. Their memories left behind—implanted in the pockets and shelves of their brains, burned into memories of photos they set on fire, and smuggled in their hearts into their new homes, with Soviet trinkets and recipes they passed down to their grandchildren. Intimate winks and glimpses of their past lives wander, as they reinvent themselves in America. The stories are interwoven with dance and music, when words can no longer express emotion, and time stops. Dashes of multilingual expression, fusing Russian, Yiddish, and English. Directional and Dramaturgical Assistant: Marina McClure. Composer and Dramaturg: Caitlyn Conlin & The Storytelling Band. Photo by Rasika Ruwanpathirana. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Russian, Jewish). Links: show, artist, video, video2.

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Written and Performed by Bob BraderNew York

Sun 11/9 4:00pm

drama, storytelling, 80 min.

In this daring, uplifting and often comedic solo show, acclaimed monologist Bob Brader tells the gripping true story of discovering that his abusive and charismatic ex-Marine father is a pedophile. A powerful tale of personal survival and triumph, Winner of five Best of Fest Awards including Best Script, United Solo Festival. Hailed by critics as “brilliant,” “masterful” and “unforgettable.” Developer and Director: Suzanne Bachner. Lighting Design: Cory Pattak. Video: Shar Adrias. Graphic Design: Michael Koch. Photo by Taylor Hooper. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, video, other.

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Performed by Tatou DedeGreece

Sun 11/9 6:00pm

drama, tragedy, movement, classic, 50 min.

Written in 1972, this text belongs to the “Fourth Dimension,” an evocative work by Yannis Ritsos. The pianist, dancer and actress Tatou Dede and the director and actor Manolis Ionas highlight the sensitivity and sharpness of Ritsos’s verse in a performance that marries poetry, dance and music in a sensitive and acidic approach. A penetration of multifaceted female entity and a search for the folic, social and political dimension of existence. Director: Manolis Ionas. Playwright: Yannis Ritsos. Lighting Design: Eliza Alexandropoulou. Graphic Design: Christina Sifianou. Recommended for: theatre community, ethnic community (Greek). Links: video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Sun 11/9 7:30pm

comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

In the tradition of legendary monologist Spalding Gray, Actor/Playwright Joe Gulla sits alone at a table…notebook and bottle of water at the ready! Wherever you go…there you are! That’s the nuts, essence and bolts of this sharp, touching, and hysterical show. Gulla’s latest picks up where “The Bronx Queen” (United Solo Festival Winner: Best Comedic Script 2012, Most Popular Show 2013) left off. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: video, twitter, other, other2.

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Conceived and Performed by Sandy SimonaNew York

Mon 11/10 6:00pm

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

A biographical, multimedia, storytelling experience. A time capsule of memories, secrets and precious experiences of the three Belman sisters, who immigrate to America from the U.S.S.R. before and after Perestroika. Their memories left behind—implanted in the pockets and shelves of their brains, burned into memories of photos they set on fire, and smuggled in their hearts into their new homes, with Soviet trinkets and recipes they passed down to their grandchildren. Intimate winks and glimpses of their past lives wander, as they reinvent themselves in America. The stories are interwoven with dance and music, when words can no longer express emotion, and time stops. Dashes of multilingual expression, fusing Russian, Yiddish, and English. Directional and Dramaturgical Assistant: Marina McClure. Composer and Dramaturg: Caitlyn Conlin & The Storytelling Band. Photo by Rasika Ruwanpathirana. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Russian, Jewish). Links: show, artist, video, video2.

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Performed by Kelley Rae O'DonnellPennsylvania

Mon 11/10 7:30pm

comedy, 22 min.

At the corner of hope and delusion, meet Roberta. Join her on her journey from reality to unreality to projected reality and back again! There’s no end to Roberta’s fantasies and rants. Scary that there’s a little bit of Roberta in all of us! Playwright: Natalie Menna. Director: Padraic Lillis. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Sarah Elizabeth GreerPennsylvania

Mon 11/10 9:00pm

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

Raised in a conservative Mennonite community, Sarah Elizabeth Greer sees her world turned upside down when her quirky, over-the-top Greek biological mother crashes into her life, sending her on a hilarious, moving, and occasionally pathologically extreme journey to come to terms with the definitions of her existence and overall purpose in the world. Best Multimedia Award, United Solo 2013. Best Comedy Award, United Solo 2012. Photo by Christine A. Butler. Recommended for: theatre community, the adoption community.

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Performed by Beth MillerOhio

Tue 11/11 7:30pm

drama, poetry, 20 min.

Elizabeth Taylor (circa 1961), in a pneumonia-induced comatose fever dream, meets a present-day unknown young actress, another Elizabeth. The two women discuss love, loss, and the meaning of earned happiness in this short poetic piece. Director: Marissa Wolf. Stage Manager: Megan Brown. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, fans of Elizabeth Taylor, poetry lovers. Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Susan FerraraNew York

Tue 11/11 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

“It was the week everyone called me Wonder Woman…” A beautiful September morning. A woman’s journey downtown and the landscape of a city; changing. The small and large stories that transform a world. Co-Directors: Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley. Photo by Mina Widmer. Recommended for: adults. Links: show, artist.

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Performed by Alessandra DraposRhode Island

Wed 11/12 3:30pm

drama, 50 min.

Post mental breakdown, British actress/bombshell Vivien Leigh is visited by a young, naïve American drama student. In this lovely teatime setting, eerie familiarities between the actress and the famous roles she played rise to the surface. As her struggle with imagination and reality unravel before us, we question whether true art is a euphoric escape or a damaging demise. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Adapted and Performed by Simge GünsanTurkey

Wed 11/12 7:30pm

comedy, tragedy, puppetry, 50 min.

This play is indeed, to quote Shakespeare himself, “a tale told by an idiot.” A self-proclaimed idiot, that is. The setting of this play is really a kitchen! The characters are utensils and ingredients used in preparing the Turkish dish menemen, a traditional omelette. And it tastes as good as the play does. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Turkish). Links: show, video.

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Created and Performed by Carolann ValentinoNew York

Wed 11/12 9:00pm

musical, 75 min.

8-time award winning “musical-comedy tour de force, delivered with sizzle” - 18 hilarious characters portrayed through song, dance, comedy and improv. Carolann’s sizzling tales about managing a multimillion-dollar steakhouse in NYC will leave you inspired and hungry for more! “Hysterical and Engaging!” — Broadway World Houston, "Example of how great a solo show can be!" - Denver Post ★★★★★ — Edmonton Vue, ★★★★★ — Calgary Sun Recommended for: adults. Links: show, video, review, review2, review3.

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Written and Performed by David NewerCalifornia

Thu 11/13 4:30pm

drama, comedy, 60 min.

Substitute teaching becomes a war zone for an actor who, seeking an easy and quick financial fix, expects to just “babysit for six hours.” While simultaneously grappling with his sick father and a failing marriage, he develops a stronger bond with his students, which leads to greater meaning and purpose in his life. Director: Erica Silberman. Stage Manager: Camille Shandle. Photo by Lisa Silberman. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Created and Performed by Seth ReichgottPennsylvania

Thu 11/13 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, music, concert, 50 min.

Love. Longing. Ukulele. Join Slim Bob Slim on a heartfelt and hilarious storytelling journey through the great songs you know and love. It’s a musical jaunt to your youth, or even to before you were born, with the songs that speak to our hearts and shine through our memories. Featuring “Come On Eileen,” “Walking On Sunshine,” and more. Photo by Meredith Methlie. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Amy OestreicherConnecticut

Thu 11/13 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, musical, performance art, 70 min.

After its sold-out, Broadway World Award-nominated run in NYC, CT, and MA, Oestreicher’s near-death experience and unique personal story are once again woven into a moving, entertaining, and inspiring evening of music, humor, surprise, and triumph. At 18, Oestreicher fell into a coma after a blood clot abruptly caused her stomach to literally explode. After 27 surgeries and three years without food or drink, her passion and hunger for life stayed strong, proving that with hope, anything is possible. Director: Jerold Goldstein. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, anyone who has been through medical or other obstacles. Links: artist, video, other, other2.

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Written and Performed by Annie WordenNew York

Fri 11/14 6:00pm

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

Based on a hilarious and poignant collection of real-life interviews that were recorded in senior centers around Manhattan. The eclectic characters and their perspectives on growing up, growing old, war, love, heartache and humor are told through shadow puppetry and storytelling, celebrating the quirky, heartbreaking beauty of the human experience. Best One-Woman Comedy Award, United Solo 2011. Photo by Annie Worden. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Renata HinrichsIowa

Fri 11/14 7:30pm

drama, 60 min.

What happens when a young girl is left to fend for herself on the streets of the South Side of Chicago in the late 60s? The story is told from the perspective of a child trying to make sense of the violent, chaotic world around her. Can she trust her father’s view of the world? Can one act of kindness change the course of a life? Photo by Darryl Hell. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Gary WalkerCalifornia

Fri 11/14 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Grandpa was a murderer. Grandma was a lush. Meet the Walkers! A blue-collar legacy of crazy. “Green Eyes, Just Like You and Me” is a stirring portrayal of one working-class family and their struggle to make right choices amongst difficult circumstances, revealing their darkest secrets to find humor in the absurd. Follow the Walkers through ludicrous tales of Holy Roller revivals, threats of demonic possessions and a missing Cocker Spaniel as they try to make sense of why it’s sometimes so hard to do the right thing. Developed with: David Ford. Director: Scott Plate. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, parents, working class. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Nancy RedmanNew York

Sat 11/15 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, improv, 90 min.

A sci-fi comedy exploring the hypocrisy of Hippocrates. Best Stand-up Award, United Solo 2012. Best Comedian Award, United Solo 2011. Director: Austin Pendleton. Best Direction at United Solo 2010, 2011, and 2012. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: video, video2, other.

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Performed by Tom BairNew York

Sat 11/15 4:00pm

storytelling, 120 min.

This compelling and remarkable story, written down by St. Mark but attributed to St. Peter, tells of Jesus’s conflict with the religious and secular authorities of the time, his important teachings, his somewhat stormy, often humorous relationships with his disciples, his miraculous acts and, above all, his unique sense of mission. This complete rendition of the Gospel, spoken in the simple and elegant English prose of the King James Bible, is a thrilling and beautiful theater experience. Director: Kathleen Conry. Stage Manager: Erica Palmer. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, show.

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Created and Performed by Vanessa SmytheCanada

Sat 11/15 7:30pm

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

“I used to tell my little brother all my embarrassing kooky stories, in case we’d disappeared by morning.” Sold-out Canadian run (Critic’s Pick, NNNNs), from accidental booty-calls to begrudged hugs with older sisters; part spoken-word, part stand-up, often sung and always true. A love letter, before we vanish. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, spoken word and poetry enthusiasts. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Aja NisensonNew Jersey

Sat 11/15 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, stand-up, music, musical, 90 min.

The story of a young woman who’s been with more therapists than men. Join Aja Nisenson on the couch and Emmy Award-winning composer Gary Schreiner on the piano in this riotous first-person exploration of self-improvement. Insurance accepted. Musical Director: Gary Schreiner. Director: Michael Aman. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Gary WalkerCalifornia

Sun 11/16 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

Grandpa was a murderer. Grandma was a lush. Meet the Walkers! A blue-collar legacy of crazy. “Green Eyes, Just Like You and Me” is a stirring portrayal of one working-class family and their struggle to make right choices amongst difficult circumstances, revealing their darkest secrets to find humor in the absurd. Follow the Walkers through ludicrous tales of Holy Roller revivals, threats of demonic possessions and a missing Cocker Spaniel as they try to make sense of why it’s sometimes so hard to do the right thing. Developed with: David Ford. Director: Scott Plate. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, parents, working class. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Joe GullaNew York

Sun 11/16 4:00pm

comedy, storytelling, 75 min.

In the tradition of legendary monologist Spalding Gray, Actor/Playwright Joe Gulla sits alone at a table…notebook and bottle of water at the ready! Wherever you go…there you are! That’s the nuts, essence and bolts of this sharp, touching, and hysterical show. Gulla’s latest picks up where “The Bronx Queen” (United Solo Festival Winner: Best Comedic Script 2012, Most Popular Show 2013) left off. Director: Brian Rardin. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: video, twitter, other, other2.

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Written and Performed by Verna GillisNew York

Sun 11/16 6:00pm

stand-up, 40 min.

70 is the new 70! Verna’s niche is aging — and so is she! She has been performing “sit down comedy” for the last four years. Verna is the “imaginator” of “Kick Butt Ball.” She published “I Just Want to Be Invited — I Promise Not to Come: Life as One Liners.” This funny reflective show is about putting on and taking off her “retrospectacles.” Photo by Ilene Cutler. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community. Links: artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Matthew LaBancaNew York

Sun 11/16 7:30pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, dance, music, 75 min.

This autobiographical solo show circles around Matthew’s Broadway debut in “Young Frankenstein.” Told through song, dance, and behind-the-scenes stories, this Broadway actor articulates his struggle with the notion of success, and exposes the anxiety that comes from living a life rooted in other people’s approval. Director: Kira Simring. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, video, facebook, twitter.

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Written and Performed by Arielle Haller-SilverstoneNew York

Mon 11/17 6:00pm

drama, comedy, 46 min.

While filming “Lover Come Back,” Doris Day rushes home to Beverly Hills to prepare a dinner party. With Rock Hudson to lend moral support, and legendary guests en route, everything goes as planned until the plan unravels. Have a seat at the dinner table and uncover the secrets and scandals behind America’s favorite bubbly, blue-eyed sweetheart. Producer: Gabrielle Berberich. Director: David Wells. Stage Manager: Will F. Young. Assistant Stage Manager: Sheree Abate. Photo by John Johnson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Performed by Theresa BuchheisterNew York

Mon 11/17 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, movement, 50 min.

Welcome to Undead Anonymous, a place for those struggling to find life among the living. Whether you are a vampire, ghost, zombie, mummy or just cursed with eternal life, this is a supportive environment to vent your frustrations, find new connections and discover you are not truly alone. At least, that’s Sarah’s dream — to create a group for people like her. But will it work? Playwright and Director: Gina Femia. Photo by Freddy Padilla. Recommended for: adults, theatre community.

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Written and Performed by Melissa RitzNew York

Mon 11/17 9:00pm

drama, musical, tap dancing, 75 min.

Based on true events. Ina Ray Hutton was the legendary bandleader of the Melodears, an all-girl band in the 1930s. She was the first woman to conduct for male bands during the 1940s-50s, and the first woman to host her own TV show. But her success in the spotlight was threatened by a secret she couldn’t afford to reveal. Director and Script Developer: Julie Kline. Choreographer: Tony Coppola. Music Arranger: Barry Best. Costume Design: Mariya Radevay-Nedyalkova. Video Footage Courtesy of: Paramount Pictures. Photo by Alex White. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (African American). Links: artist, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Clifford BarryUnited Kingdom

Tue 11/18 7:30pm

drama, 60 min.

Dallas, 11/24/1963. 11:21 AM. Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is gunned down in the Dallas Police Headquarters by a man who shouldn’t be there: local nightclub owner Jacob Rubenstein. Live on national television, creating 20 million witnesses to murder. An underworld hit by the Mafia’s man in Dallas. Really? Take a seat. Meet Jack Ruby. Director: Clive Holland. Recommended for: adults, history enthusiasts. Links: show, artist, video.

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Written and Performed by Amy MilanoCalifornia

Tue 11/18 9:00pm

drama, comedy, dance, 80 min.

A wild tale about one woman’s search for love and a place to call home. Raised by an unconventional family, often living in a van and being passed from one relative to another, she finds the one thing that grounds her... dance. Dancing takes her halfway across the world, where she meets a colorful cast of characters that guide her journey. Sometimes our most painful stories are the funniest ones. Comedian and talk show host Amy Milano shares her heart and plays over 30 different characters, making everyone laugh along the way. Director: Debra De Liso. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: artist, video.

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Performed by Jackson GillmanMassachusetts

Wed 11/19 3:30pm

storytelling, 60 min.

Rudyard Kipling – “a magician of words.” Jackson Gillman – “the Stand-Up Chameleon.” Put them together and you’ll see why Kipling’s timeless classics have been adored by many generations worldwide. Come learn “How the Whale Got His Throat,” “How the Camel Got His Hump,” and other delightful lessons in this sparkling adventure, O Best Beloved, for the young and young-at-heart. Director: Judith Black. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Adapted and Performed by Jon KovachOhio

Wed 11/19 7:30pm

drama, poetry, music, multimedia, 55 min.

Inspired by true events, this U.S. Premiere is a multimedia production featuring Ben, a young wordsmith/technology enthusiast with autism. Using poetry, music, and video, Ben shares his story of meeting “Barbie” in a divine online connection, standing up to his high school bullies, and finding ways to fit into a “normal” world. Playwright: Nic Balthazar. Photo by Kirk Sheppard. Recommended for: anti-bullying, autism awareness, suicide prevention communities. Links: show, video, review, review2, review3.

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Written and Performed by Ann TalmanNew York

Wed 11/19 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 70 min.

Woody conjured a sister the only way a nonverbal boy with cerebral palsy could – by pointing to Mom’s tummy and Dad’s…lap. Ann a.k.a. Woody’s Order! She dreamed of Broadway. He dreamed she would always be there for him. A loving team for life. Meet Woody, Ann, Mom, Dad, Elizabeth Taylor and a cast of “special souls.” Join them on their unexpected rite of passage. Director: Kel Haney. Stage Manager: Meghan Fisher. Originally Developed with: Matt Hoverman. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: show, artist, video, facebook.

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Written and Performed by Javier RiveraPuerto Rico

Thu 11/20 3:30pm

storytelling, 60 min.

Born in Puerto Rico to an ultra-religious mother and a domineering father is not easy, especially when it’s likely you are a big Queen. There are not enough novenas to pray, or candles to be lit. In this situation only a miracle will do, or better yet… a holy intervention. Thank God for Madonna. Director: Jeremy Ohringer. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community, ethnic community (Latino).

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Written and Performed by Erin LaytonNew York

Thu 11/20 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 all flesh and blood people” — Huffington Post. Best Documentary Script Award, United Solo 2013. Developer and Director: Julie Kline. Sound Design: Janie Bullard. Set Design: Cat Tate Starmer. Stage Manager: Rafaella Rossi. Photo by Arnold Bueso. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), catholic, feminist, social justice organizations. Links: show, video, review.

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Written and Performed by Blake WaltonNew Jersey

Thu 11/20 9:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 85 min.

Blake Walton tells the sharp truth in his poignant and funny evolution from gay youth to manhood as he finally understands 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, folks, that can be changed through belief, for instance, because it is in the atoms of our being, it is something essential.” Best Premiere Award, United Solo 2013 & 2012. Director: Ann Morrison. Photo by Ann Morrison. Recommended for: adults, theatre community, LGBTQ community. Links: show, artist, other.

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Adapted, Choreographed and Performed by YokkoJapan

Fri 11/21 6:00pm

drama, tragedy, dance, movement, classic, 60 min.

Using the Japanese dance of Butoh and an adapted text, Yokko tells the story of Medea. This fusion of Western drama and Eastern dance takes the audience into Medea’s spirit, seeing the world she is drawn into, where love, hate, despair and the struggle between her humanity and her inhumanity take hold. Co-Adapter: Sean Michael Welch. Co-Choreographer: Jordan Rosin. Costume Design: Deepsikah Chatterjee. Lighting Design: Derek Van Heel. Stage Manager: Blair Hotchner. Associate Director: Brian Rhinehart. Photo by Vanessa Teran. Recommended for: adults, elderly, theatre community, ethnic community (Japanese). Links: show, artist.

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Written and Performed by Donald MolosiBotswana

Fri 11/21 7:30pm

drama, storytelling, 45 min.

“Blue, Black and White” is an enchanting humanist story about Sir Seretse Khama. He married a white British woman in 1949 and their interracial marriage saw them being banned from many countries including Seretse’s own native Botswana. This piece is an exploration of love and courage and how they were the cornerstone to Africa’s most enduring democracy, the Republic of Botswana. Best Performer, Dialogue ONE Festival 2008. Best Short Solo, United Solo 2011. Recommended for: children, teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community (lovers of classical theatre), ethnic community (African, British). Links: facebook, twitter.

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Performed by Adam WepplerNorth Carolina

Fri 11/21 9:00pm

drama, multimedia, 60 min.

In the year 2030, there will only be one name in modern technology: Rossum Robotics. Join Rossum representative Adam Weston for a thrilling presentation that includes testimonies from beta testers and the debut of the company’s greatest product yet: A.D.A.M. 2.0, an assisted-living robot that will revolutionize modern healthcare as we know it. Playwright: Tyler Grimes. Producer: Less Than Rent Theatre. Recommended for: all audiences. Links: video, other.

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Written and Performed by Allison Scarlet JayePennsylvania

Sat 11/22 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, poetry, multimedia, 70 min.

After Sara’s school becomes the target of a mass shooting, she is forced to stay with her ex-military aunt. When national news breaks, Sara challenges the status quo by doing the unthinkable. Gritty, funny, unapologetic and brave, this one-woman tour-de-force uses multimedia, spoken word, and poetry to tell a story that jogs the memory and breaks the heart. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community, military, parents, gun violence activists, high school students and personnel. Link: artist.

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Written and Performed by Vivian NesbittNew Mexico

Sat 11/22 4:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 55 min.

Bending time and space to understand her legendary Irish ancestor’s legacy, Vivian portrays seven characters that lead her to a startling and unpredictable discovery. Epiphany and surrender together with the laugh-out-loud comedy of human nature, this is Vivian Nesbitt’s award-winning play about connection and transformation. Best Documentary and Best Lighting Design Awards at United Solo 2013. Director: Lee Kitts. Lighting Design: Karen Perlow. Set and Costume Design: Karen Anselm. Photo by Antonya Molleur. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, theatre community, ethnic community (Irish), recovery groups. Links: show, artist, video, review, review2.

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Written and Performed by Charisse BrownNew York

Sat 11/22 6:00pm

drama, storytelling, 45 min.

Through poignant and sometimes comical storytelling, Charisse Brown portrays several true to life characters, who highlight how our own families, communities and race can perpetuate the internalization of a distorted self image over many generations. Director: Willie Teacher. Lighting Design: Antionette Tynes. Stage Manager: Trish Pennix. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBTQ community.

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Written and Performed by Anthoula KatsimatidesNew York

Sat 11/22 7:30pm

drama, comedy, tragedy, storytelling, dance, multimedia, 60 min.

One woman’s journey to freedom while wrestling old-world views; a modern-day Greek tragedy! Growing up with the mantra “What will people think?” controlling her every move, Anthoula navigates through personal turmoil and loss to find happiness. A testament to human spirit. Director: Petro Fourniotis. Recommended for: all audiences. Link: artist.

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Performed by Daniel Piper KublickNew York

Sat 11/22 9:00pm

comedy, 60 min.

A man is forced onstage. The rest of his cast does not join him. Faced with an audience looking for a show, his initial stalling gives way to a comic downward spiral of identity crisis, loss, and human connection. Playwright and Director: Kris Kling. Recommended for: teenagers, adults.

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Performed by Zara PhillipsUnited Kingdom

Sun 11/23 2:00pm

drama, comedy, storytelling, 60 min.

After her adoptive mother dies and leaves her to care for an adoptive father who was never there for her, Zara takes a dreamlike journey that brings her face-to-face with the biological father she’s always longed to know and the sister who was never born. Zara’s music moves the story along in this poignant and funny piece. Best Direction Award, United Solo 2013. Directors: Eliza Roberts and Eric Roberts. Recommended for: all audiences.

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*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.

*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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