Performance Novelist Heather Woodbury at the Steve Allen Theatre
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The last date listed for Performance Novelist Heather Woodbury was Tuesday August 30, 2005 / 8:00pm.
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“A One-woman Dickens” — Laurie Anderson
“a Whitmanesque evocation of America at the end of the 20th Century.” —Chicago Sun Times
Tale of 2Cities began as a narrative steam engine commuting between LosAngeles and New York with a series of one-time-only “performance happenings.” In these
semi-improvisational solo performances, Woodbury plays all the characters whose stories make up the larger tale she set out to tell. A self-described “fictional anthropologist,” Woodbury culls material through interviews,
eavesdropping and “re-collection events” as well as more traditional research methods.
Woodbury’s work is weighty, multi-layered and important; she reveals major historical shifts through the details of her characters’ lives. And the richness and texture of her characters make for theater that is consistently dramatically engaging and enormously entertaining.
Tale of 2Cities is the newest example of why Heather Woodbury is a major force in American Theater.
Among Heather Woodbury’s champions are NPR radio-host Ira Glass who calls her recently published previous “performance novel” “One of the greatest works you’ve never heard of,” filmmaker Richard Linklater who describes watching her work unfold as being “like living INSIDE a novel,” Oscar-nominee John C. Reilly, who brought his favorite acting teacher to see her in Chicago, and the original epic performance artist herself, Laurie Anderson, who brought Heather to perform in London and calls her “a one-woman Dickens.”