The Most Mediocre Story Never Told: A Deconstruction of the One-Man Show
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An African-American attorney with a successful career discovers she has an Iraqi half-sister she never knew about in award-winning playwright Wendy Graf's latest work. This hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures stars L.A Weekly and NAACP Award-winner Diarra Kilpatrick as up-and-coming corporate attorney Julie Dolan, whose carefully constructed life begins to crumble when she meets her half-sister Neyla. Neyla, a violinist, has fled Iraq to audition for Julliard, but Julie suspects there is more to her story. Graf's fresh spin on racial relations gives each of its characters their own voice and point of view as they navigate in a world that has become interconnected and multicultural on every level. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- "Engaging vehicle...Sefton's characterizations of the burly Philadelphia blowhard and the more serene Hollywood actor are impressively varied, The 70-minute piece moves swiftly and smoothly, crisply directed by Debra De Liso."<em>--Backstage</em>
- "Fast-moving, laugh-filled and often introspective presentation that is both cathartic and challenging and without a doubt a rich labor of love." --<em>Reviewplays.com (Pick of the Week)</em>
- “A charm-filled meta-literary excursion... Jay Sefton takes every aspect of the autobiographical one-man show and dismantles it before our eyes.”--<em>LA Weekly </em>(Go!)
The Most Mediocre Story Never Told sets out to answer the questions, “Where are these stories? Where do they exist? And who am I without them?” In this deconstruction of the traditional one person show, our main character attempts to dismantle his own story in order to touch the present moment more deeply or maybe for the first time ever. Forever self conscious, the protagonist meditates, one eye open, on this new found philosophy. His journey to move beyond his past finds him in Philadelphia ‘on a cross in a diaper’, in Lexington, Kentucky for the 1985 Men’s NCAA Final Four, in a bar at the Jersey Shore, locking horns with a Stones-loving Philadelphia foul mouth, and ultimately on a collision course with the Now.
Each of us has a story…actually many stories that combine to create a personal history. More often than not, this history and these stories stand in our way of experiencing the present moment to its fullest.
“Choosing to believe these stories, I lend them credibility and get back the same thing that they have always offered.” What is the name of the character who says this quote?
Playwright and performer Jay Sefton says, “Initially, I set out to write a typical one person show that told stories about my life, until I began to realize that not only were these stories getting in the way of experiencing anything new, they may not be true. I started to see the difference between an event and the story that I tell about the event, and the disparity between the two. It soon got stuck in my craw to try and figure out a way to create a show that grapples with freeing me from these stories rather than repeatedly playing them out.”
Director Debra De Liso has been a theatre artist for over twenty-five years working as a film and stage actor, choreographer/dancer, director, playwright, and teacher. She currently enjoys teaching acting and playwriting at the USC School of Theatre, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and CSULA. Developing her master’s thesis The Physicalization of a Role, and certification and continued study in Hatha Yoga has guided her direction of over 250 original one-person shows.
Co-producing this production is The Lone Star Ensemble. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of theatre arts throughout the Los Angeles community. The officers and members of the Ensemble believe that there is a genuine cultural need for deeply felt and disciplined productions that rightly honor our craft.
Playwright and performer Jay Sefton is currently on the board of directors and long standing ensemble member for Lone Star Theatre Company. Jay is originally from Philadelphia and since moving to Los Angeles, he has worked on stage with Theatre West, WolfPack Production Company and the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Theatre.