Annual Festival Spotlights Short Plays, Solo Shows by Women
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The last date listed for EstroGenius Festival 2013 was Monday November 4, 2013 / 8:00pm (EstroTaneous Combustion).
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There are times in life that are so challenging, the only thing left to do is laugh. That's what Erica Herd did when her Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She dug deep to find the humor -- then she wrote a play about it, and set the whole thing to a smoky blues score. The result is Alzheimer's Blues, a play about life and love, told with great affection and humor. Erica's mother, Katherine Lind, was one of the most talented actresses working the New York stage during the '50s, '60s and '70s. But Alzheimer's deprived her not only of her memories but also her home, and Erica had to step in to manage things. Alzheimer's Blues is a surreal look into the lives and minds of Erica and her mom, guaranteed to make you ponder the power of love. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- "[EstroGenius] lives up to its billing as a celebration of women’s work." --The New York Times.
October 15th at 7:00pm and October 28th at 8:15pm: Big Dummy
written & performed by Mary Dimino
directed by Christine Renee Miller
Bright child. Simple father. They're best friends. Until she outgrows him at age eleven. Embarrassed by him, and herself. Realizing dad's brilliant. As is. Growing up smarter than your father in a funny, factory-working family from Queens. Come, simplify yourself.
The performance is followed by a talkback.
October 16th at 7:00pm: The God Box
written by Mary Lou Quinlan & Martha Wollner
performed by Mary Lou Quinlan
In this engaging one-woman, one-act play based on her New York Times bestselling book, Mary Lou explores the laughter and tears of the story of a family in love, in loss and in triumph. The God Box: A Daughter's Story, performed by Mary Lou and co-written with director Martha Wollner of New York City's critically acclaimed LAByrinth Theater Company, runs 70 minutes.
There will be a talkback following the performance with Mary Lou and Martha about their process and the joy that comes from collaborating.
October 20th and 27th at 4:00pm: Dead Weight & Do This One Thing For Me
written by Christine Rosensteel
performed by Barbara Ann Davison (member AEA)
directed by Cheryl King
Flora's conversation reveals the unspoken fears of many elderly women, including isolation, abandonment, and institutionalism. Desperation prevails. Denial appears to be Flora's best friend.
Do This One Thing For Me
written and performed by Jane Elias
directed by Tracy Bersley
Her father lost almost everything in the final hours of World War II. Fifty years later, he just wants to dance with his daughter at her wedding. Not too much to ask, right?
October 20th and 27th at 7:00pm: Jay Z and Me & Trans-Siberian Railway
Jay Z and Me: A (fast) talking memoir
written and performed by Brenda Cullerton
directed by Cheryl King
Tiny, 60-year-old white lady and obsessive Jay Z fan breaks her back and ribs at his baptismal concert in Brooklyn. She heals, writes a one-woman show about the experience, and meets the 42-year old hip hop hero two weeks before her first performance!
written by Monica Trausch
directed by Alexandra Keegan
performed by Madeleine Bundy
What does it mean to fall in love, to live your dreams, to trust, to see the world, and to just get on the train and ride? A one-woman exploration, Trans-Siberian Railway takes Vera across Russia on the longest railway in the world.
October 21st at 7:30pm -- Dancing At the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories that Kept Us Small
Adapted and Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
Shame is a powerful thing. It can weigh on your heart and mind, diminish your sense of self-worth, and impact the way you live in the world. But what happens when you share that secret burden? A theatrical adaptation of an anthology written by various women sharing stories of overcoming shame, written in collaboration with all of the authors of this anthology.
October 22nd at 6:30pm and October 27th at 1:00pm: Inside Orion & Bitch Trial
written and performed by Mary Catherine Donnelly
directed by Bill Bowers
Vanessa is an aggressively curious woman with leaky boundaries and a severely thwarted flight response. Can her hot butch lesbian roommate, Evan help her find out where she’s from with the help of a star?
written and performed by Lauren Maul
directed by Dan Balkin
Was that joke funny ... or just mean? Character comic Lauren Maul questions herself in this dark courtroom comedy.
October 22nd at 8:15pm and October 28th at 6:30pm: My Life as a Woody Allen Film
written and performed by Aja Nisenson
directed by Michael Aman
One 20-something female. A shrink the name of male genitalia. 12 therapists of her past and present. A comedic and honest look at why I believe in the power of therapy… for other people.
October 23rd at 7:30pm: Hi, Hitler
written and performed by Lucie Pohl
directed by Jessi D. Hill
A half-Jewish-half-German-immigrant-girl grows up in a crazy artist family otherwise known as "The Chaos Club" in downtown New York and is fascinated by Hitler. All she wants is to be normal and belong, but the odds are against her. And so is homeland security.
November 1st at 8:00pm: Halloween Monologues
An evening of monologues with appropriately eerie themes for the night after All Hallow's Eve. In addition, the evening will feature an encore screening of
Mac Rogers’ Happening to Your Body, a short film based on his 2002 EstroGenius play.
November 2nd at 8:00pm: Girl Be Heard -- Generations
Girl Be Heard uses theater as a vehicle to empower young women to become brave, confident, socially conscious leaders while exploring their own challenging circumstances. In this special one-night-only event, Girl Be Heard will workshop pieces from Generations, our new ensemble devised play created by our company members in collaboration with women across generations.
November 3rd-5th at 8:00pm: EstroTaneous Combustion
A longtime Manhattan Theatre Source tradition, Spontaneous Combustion gives playwrights and actors a 48-hour workshop environment to play collaboratively as artists, and feel the combined power of their talent and hard work. EstroTaneous Combustion (Spontaenous Combustion with an Estro twist) will be an evening of brand-new short plays ... Since they haven't been written yet, we can't tell you much — well, anything — about them, except that we're sure you'll be entertained!
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