The 1st Annual United Solo Theatre Festival

November 8 – November 21, 2010
Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York City, United States

The 2010 edition of United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, concluded in a closing ceremony at the Theatre ROW NYC on November 21st, 2010. The Festival board gave awards to performers for their excellence in solo theatre. Four-time Academy Award nominee Marsha Mason joined the event to present the awards.

United Solo also announced the Special Award for the outstanding solo performer of the recent season in New York City. In 2010, the Festival board nominated three artists: Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking (Roundabout Theatre Company), Anna Deavere Smith in Let Me Down Easy (Second Stage Theater) and Matt Oberg in The Event (Barrow Street Theatre).

There were many reasons for celebration, including high attendance, and impressive donations that have been collected through the Festival to support The Actors Fund. The press and industry stars frequently attended United Solo performances, including, among others, Sarah Paulson and Cherry Jones (photo below).

The full list of award winners at the 2010 United Solo Festival includes:

Best Production for Bill Bowers in It Goes without Saying
Best One-Man Show for John Paul Karliak in Donna/Madonna
Best One-Woman Show for Danusia Trevino in Wonder Bread
Best Solo Actor for Brian Stanton in BLANK
Best Solo Actress for Jelena Stupljanin in Revolting Women/Woman Bomb-Sade

Best Directing for Austin Pendleton for CLUTTER… by Nancy Redman
Best Script for Bob Brader in Spitting In The Face Of The Devil
Best Use of Set for I Was Raised Mexican by Sayda Trujillo
Best Storytelling for Alicia Dattner in Eat, Pray, Laugh!
Best Stand-Up for Prescott Tolk in High Jinxed

Best Multimedia for ***[tenderpits]*** by Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz
Best Foreign Show for Herbert Kaluza in The Story of my Dovecote
Best Festival Debut for Sivan Suzy Hadari in The Emancipation of the Sassy Jewish Woman
First Sold Out Show for Sarah Kay in Square One
Audience Award for Patty Staco in In My Shoes

2010 United Solo Festival Guide