United Solo 2015

3 MEN by Mike Folie

A middle-aged playwright/speechwriter given one more chance to have a play produced on Broadway remembers three charismatic older men who influenced his life and art.

BRIGHT SWORDS by Rick Creese

A one-man show that tells the true story of Ira Aldridge, the African-American actor who in 1825 fled racial hatred in New York, became a star of the European stage, inspired the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, and came to represent the causes of oppressed people across Europe.

CLIPPING IN by Terrence S. Gray

An improbable, sometimes difficult, and altogether hilarious journey about self-discovery and finding community in the format of a 60-minute group exercise class.

DO YOU KNOW ME? by Mina Samuels

A woman tries to take her daughter to school, but she has lost her short-term memory. Mired in the past, she struggles to recall who she is.

DORA AND ME / YO SOY DORA by Rick Creese

A Latina actress in modern-day Los Angeles tries to follow in the footsteps of the notorious 18th-century figure Dora Jordan—beloved comedienne, mother of fourteen children, and live-in girlfriend to the future King of England.

GENERIC MAGIC REALISM by Ed Malin

What happens when the magical world of your average South American person is transplanted to a more northern, less magical, more real location?

IT'S ABOUT TIME by Steve Belanger

From the moment of his inopportune birth, through his extraordinarily awkward adolescent phase, to a series of disastrous jobs (including a comically, calamitous career at the world's most notorious magazine), Steve has survived.

KASPAR HAUSER: THE OPEN SECRET OF THE FOUNDLING PRINCE by Glen Williamson

A boy, locked in the dark alone for years, appeared on the streets of Nuremburg in 1828, barely able to stand, walk or speak. A true story and a supernatural journey through darkness to light.

LOUISE IN CHARLESTOWN by Penny Jackson

Twelve year old Patty, who lives in a segregated Irish Catholic community in Boston in the 1980s, has a new best friend from Jamaica and quickly learns how racism and hatred can destroy families and lives.

LOVE IN ACTION by Pippa White

Three women saw health care needed some work, and did it.

NOT TO BE NEGATIVE BUT... by Jack Sundmacher

A man talks to his sperm about fatherhood.

OUT OF FOCUS by Geralyn Cassidy

A New York actor works the background and speaks without speaking.

SMOKER by Bob Brader

Award-Winning monologist Bob Brader realizes all the complex connections he has through smoking: how it helped him through a turbulent childhood and loveless relationships, how it created jobs and opportunities and community, and one particular connection too precious to let go.

STUFF by John Feffer

A play about the things we carry with us through life: the objects, the secrets, the stuff.

THE GOOD ADOPTEE by Suzanne Bachner

Award-winning playwright Suzanne Bachner’s true story of the search for her birth parents in the face of New York State’s sealed records - once she opens Pandora’s Box, can she find a way to integrate her dual identities and still remain the Good Adoptee?

THE KREUTZER SONATA by Eric Samuelsen

A harrowing exploration of the mind of a man driven mad by unfulfilled passions and Beethoven’s music, freely adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s novella.

THE PRESENTATION by David L. Hudacek

A business lecture that quickly unravels into a story of romantic quest, madness, and redemption.

UNCLE PHILIP'S COAT by Matty Selman

A young man inherits an old, tattered coat from his late, homeless uncle and finds in its storied threads that it is the coat of dreamers.

YEAH, THAT HAPPENED by Nick Rafello

Once there was a little boy that believed he could fly and in the end, he does.

Outstanding scripts from the 6th annual edition of this event, which is the largest festival of solo performance in the world.