United Solo

A WORLD BEYOND THE BRONX by Patricia Canale

One woman's account of growing up the 1st daughter of 12 to religious italian immigrants.

AFTER ANNE FRANK by Carol Lempert

"March. 1973. Dear diary, I borrowed The Diary of Anne Frank from the library today, but I can’t bring myself to open it." And so begins 32 years of Carol Lempert ducking Anne’s legacy, but something keeps pulling her back. Again and again and again.

AS DIRECTED by Dawn Sofia

Sandi Sabattini, obedient executive secretary and divorced menopausal mom, gets entangled in an office crisis with her philandering boss and is forced to confront her guilty conscience and choose which path to follow.

BEAT THE DEVIL! (FAUST, THE WHOLE STORY) by Glen Williamson

An exhilarating romp through Goethe’s theatrical masterpiece about heaven, hell and a battle for the soul of a man searching for truth, satisfaction . . . and a Goddess.

BLANK by Brian Stanton

An adoptee embarks on a mythical quest for identity where he discovers the horrific truth of his birth, an instinctive love for his birth mother, and a grateful dedication to his adoptive family.

CLUTTER: I’M SAVING MY LIFE AND IT’S KILLING ME by Nancy Redman

Nancy, a hoarder, attempts to break her addiction after her landlord gives her an eviction notice with one week to get rid of her clutter.

DONNA/MADONNA by John Paul Karliak

The award-winning adoption solo comedy about an adopted son with two mothers: the doting Catholic homemaker and the fashionista wife of a British pop star.

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING by Bill Bowers

A fun and unflinching look at the life and mimes of performer Bill Bowers. From his days playing with his Barbie dolls in his backyard in Montana to his training with world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau, Bill Bowers has observed the incredible power that silence can wield—whether onstage, between family members, among neighbors, or when we are alone.

JIMMY: THE STORY OF JAMES DEAN by Jacob Moushey

The play follows the actor on the last day of his life, while he is kept waiting in his dressing trailer to shoot his final scene for the film "Giant".

LOOK, WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND by Anthony Nikolchev

In a 1960’s US immigrant detainment center, the play asks the audience of border patrol to decide the fate of Bulgarian communist defectors caught in red tape limbo.

MISADVENTURES IN THE ART OF MOVIE MAKING by Annie Worden

Based on an outrageous true story, the play explores the guts and humor needed to stand up for one’s own peculiar creativity.

PICTURE INCOMPLETE, A ONE MAN MUSICAL by Trent Armand Kendall

Feeling older, but not wiser, The Storyteller takes a journey of discovery told through multiple characters, monologues and original songs.

PRICK by Hal Ackerman

It's Tootsie but with prostate cancer instead of a dress.

REVOLTING WOMEN/WOMAN BOMB-SADE by Allan Graubard and Caroline McGee

The play explores a tragic and traumatic phenomenon, the rise of murderous suicide as a political weapon, in one body, two characters and four voices.

RIGHT TIME TO SAY I LOVE YOU by Cindy Wolfe Boynton

Frozen in a moment of crisis, an emotionally and physically drained Cindy must choose: ignore the ringing telephone and get the sleep she so desperately needs, or make another late-night rush to help the ill mother who’s never once said I love you.

SPITTING IN THE FACE OF THE DEVIL by Bob Brader

The totally true story of Bob Brader discovering his abusive and charismatic ex-Marine father's dark secret.

THE NEXT BEST THING by Antonio Sacre

The solo performer tells about his delight and ecstasy at finding his perfect woman when both were working in a Chicago Theatre.

THE TIFFANY BOX, A LOVE REMEMBERED by Kathleen Buckstaff

Former LA Times humor columnist, Kathleen Buckstaff uses her personal emails, letters and humor columns in The Tiffany Box, a love remembered to tell the story of her mother’s last two year’s of life— intimate, surprisingly humorous and ultimately uplifting leaving audiences transfixed and raving.

WONDER BREAD by Danusia Trevino

With greater aspirations than growing tomatoes for her scheming father in communist Poland, a young woman escapes to New York, works at Burger King, marries her Valley Stream sweetheart, meets Iggy Pop, dates Dee Dee Ramone and while rebelling against it, she falls in love with the world.

Outstanding plays from the annual festival of solo performance, curated by Omar Sangare