This Week in Solo Theater!

11ndpicRICHRich Little: Jimmy Stewart and Friends
Written and Performed by Rich Little
 
Legendary comedian and impressionist Rich Little performs this one-man show about the life of Jimmy Stewart, featuring Little’s impressions of more than 25 celebrity voices including Cary Grant, George Burns, Ronald Reagan, Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne.
 
April 17th, 2014
 
Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South St.
Morristown, NJ 07960
 
sexomedySEXomedy
Written and Performed by Melissa DuPrey
Melissa DuPrey unveils her many frustrations, surprises, and pleasures in the bedroom. From preparing to do the deed to the hassles of dating, from shaving the Abuela’s consejitos , Melissa dares you to share what your mama never warned you about sex.
April 17th-19th, 2014
Under St. Marks
Between 1st Av. and Av. A
New York, NY 10009

 

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Written and Performed by Amanda Huotari
Directed by Avner Eisenberg

The Soirée is a theatrical party hosted by one woman, the witty and grandiose Elizabeth, whose charms slowly come unhinged over an interactive performance of physical comedy, stand-up, and other improvisational surprises. 

April 19th, 2014
 
Johnson Hall 
280 Water St.
Gardiner, ME 04345
 
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dutfDowntown Urban Theater Festival
 
The Dark Nights of Lady Day
Written and Performed by Andrina Smith
 
Her voice made her world-renowned and her drug use made her infamous. However, few know the life story behind iconic singer Billie Holiday. Through stories, song, and poetry, Solo artist Andrina Smith crafts an untold journey of the musician, illuminating once more why Lady’s Day has yet to end.
 
Wednesday April 16th, 2014
 
Hoops
Gustav Gauntlett
 
Hoops is a one-hooper show following the intensely dramatic stories of five people and how basketball plays a role in each of their lives. From a Mexican mother in East Harlem, to a soldier in Afghanistan, and even an inmate at Pelican Bay Prison; when life gets out of control, Hoops can be the key to finding humanity.
 
Thursday April 17th, 2014
 
HERE Arts Center
145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Entrance on Dominick St., one block south of Spring Street
C/E to Spring
 
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April 15-28th, 2014
 
Death in Venice in First Person
Written and Performed by Rory Lance
Directed by Robert Ellman
 
Join Aschenbach on his summer holiday and watch as his brief vacation quickly becomes a journey of self-discovery and an exploration of the very depths of loneliness and obsession.
 
April 19th at 2pm, 2014
 
Stage Left Studio
214 West 30th St. 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001
 

 

Know of a show coming up? Or if you would like to see your show listed here, please email ariana@allforonetheater.org and we will add it to “This Week in Solo Theater”

 

Lessons from Solo Theater in the UK, Part 2

This is the second part of a three-part blog series by All for One’s Managing Director Scott Wesley Slavin

1891059_10201666934543997_247463715_n-1“That’s a really good question,” Sophie says as we walk down a long hallway that connects the west and east wings of Battersea Arts Centre in London. Sophie’s a producer at BAC and has played a key role in the international success of Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients. After nearly 35 years, BAC has become a leader in the development of new work and in what they call “inventing the future of theatre.” I love those words together, but I have no picture of what that looks like in practice. “By ‘devised theater,’” Sophie suddenly responds, “we mean ‘theater that does not come from a text.’ We’re interested in how artists who have no background in theater will explore their questions in a theaterical context.”

Lesson 2: Forget the Text

During my trip to Manchester and London, theater producers across the board expressed interest in devised theater and theater created and performed by non-theater artists.

What is devised theater more specifically? Devised theater is an approach to show development that builds the show by playing in space rather than writing a dramatic script. In its simplest form, the performer just stands up and begins to improvise, play theater games, and experiment with physicality, voices, costumes, and props. Any assumptions that the developing narrative present a clear storyline or plot points are temporarily picked up and set aside. The artist holds the space for the most appropriate storyline and structure to be birthed over time and through focused play. The motto is trust: Trust that the work, given this type of active gestation, will become Great Work.

Taking a devised theater approach to crafting solo performance is not new (Eric Bogosian is one of its most prominent practitioners)–yet it remains revolutionary. In New York City, survey classes offered by solo show and storytelling teachers and you’ll find little to disprove this. The approach strongly emphasizes writing your solo show–then performing it. “I’m still writing it!” is a refrain I often hear when checking in with solo theater friends. But other approaches, like devised theater, exist and can provide radical insights and story solutions.

By understanding how to create through devised theater, we also open up new creative opportunities. Many executive producers and artistic directors in the UK right now are very attracted to devised theater because it’s an investment in the potential of an artist rather than in his or her already realized work. It’s process over product, discovering what “the future of theatre” could be rather than knowing it.

I found myself deeply invigorated by these discussions and their passion. Back in New York, I wondered what I could draw from the devised theater approach so popular in the UK to share with my own community. Here’s one learning framed as a challenge:

  • Create some distance between yourself and whatever text you’re working on. Temporarily, forget it. Forget the story and the outcomes you want. Give yourself the opportunity to be surprised and uncomfortable by your inner life.
  • Find a safe space where you can play. Instead of writing Morning Pages, play with Morning Scenes. If you want to pause, don’t. If your inner critic perks up, so what. Welcome him or her into the room. Keep playing. Start with as little as 1 min. The goal is consistency over time far more than individual duration. Just show up.
  • Develop a practice of letting your many voices emerge organically. Play with and trust your creative intuition in space and out loud. For some of you, this may be quite a slog. Self-consciousness, emotional paralysis, shame: all of it may come up. Awesome. Stay at it. You are bigger and more important than all of it.
  • A week later, reflect. What’s been coming up? What questions or scenarios consistently appear through monologues, characters, and scenes? Who’s actually speaking in those moments?

Keep going back to your Morning Scenes. Keep those moments safe and sacred. Let the Muse begin to trust you. Like any important relationship, make nurturing her your daily practice.

As you develop your skills in devised theater, it might become the shovel that gets you to theatrical pay dirt. At minimum, you will empower yourself with a new skill and make yourself able to capitalize on the opportunities for devised theater on an international scale.

A 4-week course on touring your show

With our new year-round programing we’re expanding our educational offerings. We’re very excited to now be able to offer multi-week courses. The first comes from popular demand:

Successfully Package & Tour Your Solo Show:

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A Four-Week Program

Taught by Gioia De Cari

Includes 4 sessions:

5/28 @ 7pm     6/4 @ 7pm

6/11 @ 7pm     6/18 @7pm

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Use the discount code: BIRDIE

before 5/7 for an early bird discount of 15% off!

After honing your show through performances in New York City and on the festival circuit, how do you take your work to the next level and tour your show in theaters and performance spaces nationwide? While local performances and festivals can be essential for refining your show and gathering awards and reviews, touring is often the best way to extend the life of your show and actually earn a profit for your work. In this four-week program, students will learn the key, road-tested approaches for creating  a compelling marketing package and booking paid opportunities for performing their show.

Upon completion of this program, you will have:

  • An overview of options for touring
  • A branded package prepared for your show to be promoted to a target market, including budgeting and pricing
  • Familiarity with the types of contracts you’ll need
  • Knowledge of effective methods for obtaining bookings and creating other performance opportunities
  • A foundation for building a targeted list to reach out to for bookings and partnerships
  • An overview of further development options for your show, such as grants, prizes, ancillary products and services

Each student will have the opportunity to present their tour package to the class and receive instructor feedback and next steps.

Prerequisite: a current show with prior public performances.

Experience: Intermediate


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This Week In Solo Theater!

i-am-my-own-wife-9I Am My Own Wife
Performed by Eric Bogosian
Written by Doug Wright
This is a staged reading.
A one-man show that explores, through the emergence of forty different characters, the extraordinary true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. An East Berlin transvestite and celebrated collector of Wilhlem II antiques, von Mahlsdorf successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the twentieth century – the Nazis and the Communists-while openly gay and in defiantly in drag, and was, incredibly, distinguished with Germany’s Order of Merit after the wall came down.
April 8th, 2014
Labyrinth Theater Company
Bank Street Theater
155 Bank St.
New York, NY 10014

guruofchai_show_pageGuru of Chai
Written and Performed by Jacob Rajan
Music by David Ward
Guru of Chai is Jacob Rajan’s one-man play about a chaiwallah (tea-seller) who falls in love with an abandoned girl through her singing.
April 8-10th, 2014
Flynn Space
153 Main St.
Burlington, VT 05401
clarence_darrow_2Naked Darrow
Written and Performed by Gary Anderson
Directed by Michael Robins
A provocative look at our most controversial attorney, Clarence Darrow as his great mind slips away. Best known for defending the teenage child killers Leopold and Leob, and for defending science teacher John Scopes in the Scopes Monkey Trial. This one man play takes a look into his private life as he packs up his office. Sifting through letters and thoughts, the audience will get an in depth look inside the man, his cases, his public, and his very private life as well as his triumphs and his personal demons.
April 3rd- 12th, 2014
Illusion Theater
528 Hennepin Av.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

dutfDowntown Urban Theater Festival

Formosa
Written and Performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Directed by Jesse Jou
Formosa is a solo show about beauty, body, culture, and Barbie via the poet-playwright’s imaginary encounters with a Taiwanese factory worker who makes the dolls, a Chinese adoptee girl who loves the dolls, and a Nicki Minaj-wannabe Asian American female hip hop MC who just might be turning into a doll.
Friday April 11th, 2014
Brooklyn Quartet
Written and Performed by Rock Wilk
Brooklyn Quartet is about the resilience of the human spirit; that no matter what we do to one another, that we somehow find it in ourselves to forgive and to remain hopeful; that this is the most meaningful, powerful and important part of us; that this is what true love is, and that true love is the only thing that can save us.
Saturday April 12th, 2014
HERE Arts Center
145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Entrance on Dominick St., one block south of Spring Street
C/E to Spring
 

Know of a show coming up? Or if you would like to see your show listed here, please email ariana@allforonetheater.org and we will add it to “This Week in Solo Theater”

Lessons from Solo Theater in the UK

This is part one of a multi-part blog series by All for One’s Managing Director Scott Wesley Slavin

At 5:30 a.m. GMT our plane cuts through the clouds and I get my first glimpse of the British countryside stretching out beneath us. What hits me strongest are the fences: curving like waves across the landscape, they elegantly refute the angular property lines I’ve so often seen during descents in the States. No, I’m not in Kansas anymore.

Lesson 1: Get out of Kansas.

Kansas is your familiar ground: your apartment, your crappy landlord, New York City, the United States, wherever you regularly vamoose. It’s your friends, your preferred family members, your solo theater community. Ditch ‘em; ditch everything. Strike out on your own–regularly. Leap into the unfamiliar. Every sensation in your body will shoot awake when you realize, lost among winding streets or fumbling in utter confusion at the coins in your hand, you’re an *outsider.* Dislocation is a wise teacher.

1891059_10201666934543997_247463715_nFrom an artist’s perspective, the primary challenge in front of each of us is an inner, not an outer, one: how do we continue to wake up? How do we nurture deeper awareness of what we’re actually experiencing and the world around us?

Time and again I’ve watched theater audiences forgive just about every mishap and clumsy execution they’re forced to endure in a live performance–except one: a lack of insight into the human condition. Our hunger for theater comes from our ever-present hunger to be pulled from the shell of our habitual defenses and raised up into the world again, alive and feeling. Travel wakes us, restores us. We see the world–and ourselves, warts and all–with fresh eyes. It offers its own Hero’s Journey, from which we can return with barrels of new elixir.

1891032_10201661588010337_1149015455_nIn Manchester and London, I saw 10 shows over seven days. The range of quality and sophistication was staggering. In Contact Theatre’s Flying Solo Festival, two shows (*The Ted Bundy Project* and *Ego 1.04*) were still actively in development and their performances were planned as the culmination of year-long artist commissions. The show at the Lowry Centre (*Silent*), on the other hand, has been on tour since it walked away with top honors at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 (and even ran at the Irish Arts Center in New York City in 2012).

Of these shows, only one (*Chewing Gum Dreams* at The Shed) was similar in its approach to the solo theater I’ve been seeing in the U.S. The others did things with and on the stage that took me totally by surprise. *A Journey Round My Skull*’s set decoration could stand alone as a sculptural installation in any musueum, conveying its own eerie stories. *riverrun*, whose text comes entirely from Joyce’s *Finnegan’s Wake*, transforms the famously inaccessible novel into a living, haunting theatrical interpretation of the afterlife. *If You Decide to Stay* combines live audience polling and interaction, documentary footage, scientific research, voiceover, personal narrative, costumes, and performance art into a searingly personal investigation into how formative experiences continue to influence decision making long into adulthood.

1798021_10201645785655288_693725131_nI walked out of these shows stunned by the diversity of tools these artists were using to tell their stories theatrically. I cannot return to the person I was before I left. I grew simply by getting out of New York, and showing up.

And I get it: not all of us have life circumstances that allow us to travel far away from our homes; but all of us have access to the Internet. Tonight you could see on your laptop photos and trailers, if not excerpts, of the work that I saw and immerse yourself in the ideas and approaches solo theater is taking abroad. In fact, here are a some of the websites for shows that I particularly liked:

- http://www.sylviarimat.com/performances/if-you-decide-to-stay/
- http://www.rachelmars.org/the-way-you-tell-them.html
- http://fishamble.com/silent-and-forgotten-by-pat-kinevane/
- http://theshed.nationaltheatre.org.uk/events/riverrun#.Uz7Zhq1dXUs

Going forward, keep abreast of the solo theater festivals and productions we’re now publishing weekly on our website. Many of these artists will have websites with show photographs and video. Watch, question, reflect, share with others, and get inspired by the radically different ways artists are approaching the solo show.

Over time, your work and your passion for solo theater will deepen, your own insights and creativity will become more surprising and liberating to you and others, and your life will change as a result.

A new class taught by David Crabb

With our new year-round programming, we’re especially excited about offering courses year-round! The very first in course we’re offering is:

Fundamentals of Story Structure
For Storytellers and Solo Show Writers

Taught by David Crabb
May 10th from 10am-5pm

Use discount code: BIRDIE before 4/19
for an early bird discount of 15% off

david copyThis one-day intensive teaches the principles of storytelling for writers, performers, and storytellers looking to create compelling long-form solo theater pieces. Students will learn ways to mine their experiences to uncover stories they’ve always wanted to tell, and craft these stories into engaging narratives with powerful character arcs.

Drawing from principles established by Aristotle and refined by story analysts such as Robert McKee, and successfully applied by solo theater artists from Spalding Grey to Mike Daisey, and Whoopi Goldberg to John Leguizamo, students will learn through lecture and exercises the fundamental story elements such as premise, controlling idea, theme, the five story beats, scenes, sequences, acts, and the Hero’s Journey. Of particular interest to solo theater artists and storytellers, this workshop will present methods for balancing audience address and narration with dialogue and action.

Upon completion of this workshop, students will be able to:

- Dive into your experiences and uncover resonate, meaningful stories

- Identify in your stories the fundamental elements of dramatic narrative

- Eliminate insignificant details while heightening significant ones

- Ensure major themes and conflicts remain present through every scene

- Deliver a compelling, believable climax and resolution

Each student will have the opportunity to present a five-minute story to the class and receive instructor feedback and next steps.

Experience: All Levels

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This Week In Solo Theater!

PosterImageDontWakeMeDon’t Wake Me
Performed by Jaye Griffiths
Written by Rahila Gupta
Directed by Guy Slater

Don’t Wake Me is a deeply moving, often funny, true story of a mother’s fight for her intelligent, disabled son, Nihal, to be accepted by society.

April 1st- 18th, 2014

59 E 59 Theaters
59 East 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

http://britsoffbroadway.com/2014_dontwakeme.php

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Written by Loren Escanden
Directed by Marisol Rozo

“Montera” follows the adventures of La Guiri, exhibiting the human side of the most dehumanized profession. With comedy and fearlessness, her story confronts physicality, experiences, beliefs and dreams. How does society view such a person once she has exposed her soul? This piece is a human analysis of the oldest profession throughout history. She, La Guiri, fearlessly carries the audience through stimulating observations. Ultimately, society’s duality between the blame and victimization of women is challenged.

April 3rd- 13th, 2014

iati Theater
64 East 4th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

http://www.iatitheater.org/programs/detail/montera1/

db1Transforming Pain to Power
Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty

Based on his newly released book, Transforming Pain to Power, is a one-man tour de force in which the unforgettable performer, a child of an incarcerated parent, documents his journey from a household filled with addiction and incarceration to discovering his purpose and developing a career as an internationally-renowned singer, actor and writer.

April 5th, 2014

Brava Theater
2781 24th St.
San Francisco, CA

http://www.communityworkswest.org/index.php/news-events/79

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Written and Performed by Vivien Straus
Directed by Brian Glenn Bryson

After a wild night in the city, a Jewish farm girl stumbles home with a Czech refugee who stays the night and then refuses to leave. A one-woman autobiographical coming-of-age tale filled with a disapproving dad, hippies, heifers, and steaming potato dumplings.

April 4th- May 10th, 2014

NOH Space
2840 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

http://vivienstraus.com/

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Written and Performed by Ann Randolph

What’s so funny about death? In her original play Loveland, Ann Randolph takes the audience on a remarkable cross-country flight that is as funny as it is deeply human. Portraying multiple characters, including heroine, Frannie Potts, an out of control, sexually charged misfit facing the loss of the greatest love of her life, Randolph travels from outrageous confrontation and awkward confusion to a glimpse of the mystery, tragedy and beauty that unites us all.

March 20th- April 13th, 2014

Arena Stage
1101 6th St. South West
Washington, DC 20024

http://tickets.arenastage.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=17346


Know of a show coming up? Or if you would like to see your show listed here, please email ariana@allforonetheater.org and we will add it to “This Week in Solo Theater”

 

This Week in Solo Theater!

doodu boy imageDoodu Boy
Written and Performed by Stefhen Bryan

Doodu Boy is the harrowing, but hilarious autobiographical story of Stefhen Bryan’s struggle across three continents to find unconditional love in the face of an absent father and overzealous mother. The story begins with his frightening childhood in a Jamaican ghetto on a church commune, where he fall into the neighborhood cesspool and earns his nickname: Doodu Boy.

March 30th, 2014

http://www.sohoplayhouse.com/event/7f2aa4c67e9ebb6bc6f17c4999815825/Doodu-Boy

extroardinary extremitiesExtraordinary Extremities
Written and Directed by Renee Philippi
Performed and Designed by Carlo Adinolfi

Part one-man show, part puppet theater, part musical performance, Geppetto‘s unique storytelling elements makes its short hour-long run performance a special one. Lewis Flinn’s hauntingly beautiful score… highlights the mythic proportions of Geppetto’s journey into new selfhood.

April 4th and May 31st, 2014

http://www.sohoplayhouse.com/event/0b01423ed6f716bdca8ab58e40d5dbaa/Extraordinary-Extremities

Soho Playhouse
15 Vandam St.
New York, NY 10013

RealAmericans_full435The Real Americans
Written and Performed by Dan Hoyle
Directed by Charlie Varon

Escaping his hipster bubble in San Francisco, Dan Hoyle spent 100 days searching to bridge the divide between the liberal, achingly hip, moral-relativism of gentrified city life and the conservative, absolutist, often aggressive populism he found in small-town America. The Real Americans tells of Hoyle’s time living out of his van and sleeping in backyards and parking lots, sharing meals and conversations with cowboys, Reaganite union coal miners in Appalachia, soldiers, rural drug dealers in the Mississippi Delta, itinerant preachers, creation theory experts in West Texas, and closeted gay fundamentalists.

March 13th- April 20th, 2014

http://cultureproject.org/current/real-americans/

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Written and Performed by Mike Albo
Directed by David Schweizer

The Junket follows what happens when your freelance job turns out to be your worst enemy. In this hilarious, harrowing, thinly-veiled tale, Mike gets a freelance gig to pen a column for the country’s most influential newspaper. It’s a dream come true, and after years of low pay, Albo thinks he may finally be able to afford NYC’s new luxury loft lifestyle (he even gets a new stylish boyfriend). But after he goes on an over¬-the-top, ill-fated press junket, he becomes a gossip item on the city’s snarkiest, meanest blog, and is thrown into an acrimonious war between old and new media.

March 14th- April 20th, 2014

http://cultureproject.org/current/junket/

The Culture Project
Lynn Redgrave Theater
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY

burq_smBurq Off
Written and Performed by Nadia Parvez Manzoor
Directed by Tara Elliot

“Burq Off” is an autobiographical one woman show, charting the journey of a British Pakistani Muslim’s struggle towards self acceptance. As she navigates the conflicting cultural norms of modern London and her conservative Muslim home, she embodies a cast of 21 characters that infuse the story with comedy, religious fundamentalism, cultural critique and spiritual depth.

March 27th, 28th, 29th at 8pm and 29th, 30th, at 2pm, 2014

Walker Space
46 Walker St.
New York, NY 10013

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/538493

love aboveLove, Above All Things
Written and Performed by Jennifer Falu

The one-woman show is a journey into the first few days of the three-year-plus battle that Falu is still fighting to get her children back. “Initially, it was like watching a movie about my life and I was invisible and powerless,” explains Jennifer Falu. “I felt like a broke-down loser inside as the reality of the accusations set in and the impact of it ALL on me and my kids.” It is also about the opportunity for growth, joy and love.

March 27th- 29th, 2014

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
Spann- Washington Hall
760 DeKalb Av.
Brooklyn, NY 11216

http://ourtimepress.com/?p=13038

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Written and Performed by Courtney Act

In “Courtney Act: Boys Like Me”, the multi-talented drag idol sings her favorite songs and divulges the fascinating and funny dirty laundry list that is her love life. This tuneful, hysterical performance showcases Courtney’s sharp observations of living life on the gender divide, and illustrates what happens when boys like her.

March 28th-30th, 2014

Laurie Beechman Theatre
407 West 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

http://spincyclenyc.com/

Festival!

hanSolo New Works Festival

Below are a few shows from the alternative solo festival that includes risque cabaret, meditation on addiction, a gypsy curse, and an original rock opera!

Low Tide In The East River
Written and Performed by Alfred Woodley
Directed by Gregg Daniel
Dramaturgy by Che’Rae Adams

Ten years at Rikers Island as a New York corrections officer taught Al a lot of things, but most of all he learned all of us are just one incident away from being on the count.

Playing Doctor
Written and Performed by Lauren Clark
Directed by Darryl Johnson
Dramaturgy by Che’Rae Adams

A coming of age story about a young girl’s heartwarming relationship with her disabled mother, her struggle to be a caretaker, and her early sexual awakening.

(Refried) Bean
Written and Performed by Michele Lema
Directed by Ashley Teague
Dramaturgy by Che’Rae Adams

(Refried) Bean is Part Two of the solo show Bean, which was named Best of Hollywood Fringe 2011 and Top Ten of Fringe World Festival Australia 2012. In (Refried) Bean, an unfortunate gypsy dating curse has been placed on Bean and if she can’t figure out how to break it, she will be doomed to go on awkward and terrible dates – forever!

March 28th, 29th and April 4th, 5th, 2014

The Parish Church of St. Mark
1020 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91202

http://www.lawriterscenter.org/solo-new-works-festival.html


Know of a show coming up? Or if you would like to see your show listed here, please email ariana@allforonetheater.org and we will add it to “This Week in Solo Theater”

This Week In Solo Theater!

 Jim-Show3Skitso!
Written and Performed by Jim Dailakis
Directed by Charles Messina
 
When you’re a bullied, weak and tiny Greek Australian boy, have the physique of a stick insect, resemble a pretty girl, talk to yourself more often than is considered normal, inspired by American icons and want to be Chinese; your choices in life are often limited to becoming a comedian, an actor or comedian.
 
March 18th and 19th, 2014
 
Stage 72
The Triad Theater
158 West 72nd St.
New York, NY 10023
 

The_Year_I_was_Gifted-smallerThe Year I Was Gifted
Written and Performed by Monica Bauer
Directed by Carolyn Ladd
 
The year is 1969. A 16-year-old girl from Nebraska meets her first gay friend, and has to decide which is more important; keeping her scholarship to a prestigious boarding school for the arts, or honoring her conscience and speaking out against an anti-gay administration? Who are we willing to betray to stay “gifted”?
 
February 7th- April 4th, 2014
 
Stage Left Studio
214 W. 30th St., 6th Fl.
NY NY 10001
 
 
running into meRunning Into Me
Written and Performed by Vickie Tanner
Directed by Bruce McCarty
 
“Running Into Me” tells the compelling story of Vickie’s struggle to defy the odds and succeed, despite a misguided upbringing in the poor, urban neighborhood of Compton, CA. She interweaves reenacted interviews of today’s urban youth throughout her story, taking us on an odyssey into the minds of young people while painting a vivid portrait of her own remarkable journey.
 
March 23rd, 2014
 
Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
 
 
Underneath-the-Lintel-PR2Underneath the Lintel
Performed by Jeremy Guerrero
Written by Glen Berger
Directed by Peter Ivanov
 
A puzzling mystery begins when a Dutch librarian discovers a surprise in the overnight return slot – a travel guidebook that is 113 years overdue! The man, who has never left his native town of Hoofddorp, grows determined to track down the offender. As he travels around the world on his obsessive search, he finds himself on a journey that not only unlocks ancient mysteries, but moves him to new revelations.
 
March 13th- March 30th, 2014
 
Venice Theatre
140 West Tampa Av.
Venice, FL 34285
 
 
South PatheticSouth Pathetic
Written and Performed by Jim David
Directed by Peter Smith
 
Jim David is a stand-up comedian from North Carolina in a one-man show, “South Pathetic,” in which he recounts his misadventures directing a community theater production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” in Thermal City, N.C.
 
March 17th- 22nd, and March 25th- 29th
 
South Carolina Repertory Company
136 B Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
 
 
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This festival is comprised entirely of solo performances! Celebrating solo performance artists this festival seeks to showcase the talents of artists through live art, spoken word, theatre, intimate performance and dance. 
Major Tom
Written and Performed by Victoria Melody
 
Major Tom is the story of how an average 34-year-old became a beauty queen and how her unruly pet basset hound, Major Tom, became a championship show dog. Major Tom and Victoria increasingly immerse themselves in the obsessive and confusing realm of competition as they participate as genuine contestants, determined to win.
 
Contact Theatre
Oxford Road
Manchester
M15 6JA
 

Know of a show coming up? Or if you would like to see your show listed here, please email ariana@allforonetheater.org and we will add it to “This Week in Solo Theater”

Works-In-Progress Series – Underwater: The 100-Year Flood

We’re thrilled to announce our first reading in All For One’s Works-In Progress Series:

Underwater: The 100-Year Flood

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Written and Performed by David Watts Barton
Directed by Kel Haney

Monday April 7th at 7:00pm
at Access Theatre – Black Box
380 Broadway (at White St.)
N/Q/R/6/J/A/C/E

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When your friends, your banker, even your doctor are telling you it’s time to invest in real estate it must be a good idea, right? Right? When chandeliers turn into crippling debts, David learns that money can disappear without a trace, but people can’t.

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David Watts Barton (Writer & Performer)

David Watts Barton is a writer who made the leap to New York in 2012 after a long career in Sacramento’s arts and media scene, where he wrote for The Sacramento Bee, was editor-in-chief of Sacramento Press.com, and hosted the live talk show, Insight on Capital Public Radio. Barton won the first Sacramento Arts and Business Council’s Arts Journalist of the Year Award in 2011. Since moving to New York, he has written and begun performing his one-hour, semi-autobiographical monologue, Underwater: The 100-Year Flood, about his adventures in Sacramento’s housing collapse. He is writing a book on the history of sexuality and social media, Personal Electronics, and hopes to have a publisher soon. Barton is also a singer/songwriter, and is writing and recording the follow-up to his debut album, Straight.

Kel Haney (Director)

Kel is a freelance director, who focuses on developing new plays, musicals, & solo work. Current/recent solo-work collaborators include: David Watts Barton (UNDERWATER: THE 100 YEAR FLOOD, All For One), Gardiner Comfort (YOU’RE NOT TOUGH, Dixon Place; CURRENTLY UNTITLED, Mabou Mines), Adam Lerman (POD CORKIN: PROFESSIONAL MOTIVATOR AND FEAR SPECIALIST, Ars Nova – ANT FEST ‘13), Ronna Levy (IS THIS GONNA BE ON THE TEST, MISS?, Capital Fringe ’14), Gloria Rosen (LISTEN…CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?, Stage Left – May ‘14), Ann Talman (WOODY’S ORDER, United Solo Encore Series ‘14). Other recent directing credits include: Jonathan Caren’s THE RECOMMENDATION (The Flea), Jessica Dickey’s ROW AFTER ROW, Rachel Bonds’ LITTLE ROCK (both at Williamstown Theatre Festival), Nathan Leigh (music & lyrics) & Kyle Jarrow’s (book, music & lyrics) THE CONSEQUENCES (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre) & Edith Freni’s EL FUEGO (Partial Comfort Productions). Upcoming world premieres: Zack Calhoon’s FRIDAY NIGHT AT JIMMY’S (Rising Phoenix Rep) & James Christy’s LIBERTY LIVE (Premiere Stages). She has also directed and developed new work at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, The Directors Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Youngblood, The Flea, Keen Company, The Lark, Ma-Yi, Missing Bolts Productions, Naked Angels, New Dramatists, New Georges, NY Fringe Festival, Partial Comfort Productions, Premiere Stages, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Rising Phoenix, Studio 42, Vampire Cowboys, Westport Country Playhouse, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, & the 52nd Street Project.

Additional artistic affiliations: Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange Program, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.kelhaney.com