Hello everybody! I am breaking from my normal blog style and content to recommend a specific show.
Ann Randolph is a brilliant and inspiring performer. When I say ‘inspiring’, I mean inspiring to us (fellow performers) (in addition to general audiences). She embodies the kind of fearlessness and creativity that we strive for as solo performers, and is a thrilling example of what is possible in solo theater –unexpected writing, powerful characterizations, and innovative staging.
When I speak in my blogs about ‘commitment’ (on stage, to your writing, to your characters), this is what I’m talking about. Working on my own shows, I waste a lot of time worrying, “Am I allowed to do xyz? What if it’s too different? What is acceptable theater form?” Seeing Ann’s show, all that was washed away, because she shows what is possible when you are fully committed and passionate about your work. When I saw her, I saw a new vision of what is possible for solo performers and I was fueled for my own show. I believe she will fuel you, too. Details below.
Written and performed by Ann Randolph, directed by Matt Roth
Wednesday March 23rd, 2011, 8pm
Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
“Ann Randolph is a comedic genius. Irreverent, hilarious and deeply human.”
— SF Bay Times
“Hilarious. You’ll laugh. you’ll cry.” WILD APPLAUSE
— San Francisco Chronicle
“Through … humor, insight and compassion, Randolph elevates the spirit — no small feat.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Randolph’s performance is riotously demented and brilliantly humane. Not to be missed.”
— The Guardian
Nominated for BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE, 2011 LA Weekly Theater Awards (winners announced 4/4/2011)
After you see her show, drop me a line and let me know what you think, and how her work speaks to the work you are doing.
With great love,