For the 6th year in a row, beloved Cornish acting teacher Keira McDonald’s “Solo Performance Festival” returns for a spring run and once again at Theatre Off Jackson in the International District. This year, “SPF #6” is subtitled: “Full Spectrum” and it opens tonight, April 11, 2012 and runs through April 28 with a rotating line up of local and national artists in short, solo theater pieces that run the gamut from high comedy to terrifying drama with stops in between for some wicked sexiness. (And, some of the shows feature queer content: BONUS!)
Things do kick off this evening at 7:30pm at TOJ with “The Best in Shorts” which features a number of performers doing very short pieces. The line up is scheduled to include:
- God and Other Characters by Carol Thompson
- Timing and Stain by Erin Pike
- Rhon by Rhonda J. Soikowski
- I Am Rock and Roll Cowboy: Based On A True Story by Wesley K. Andrews
- Mythomania adapted and performed by Sami Detzer
- Apple Orchard by Adam Drinkwater
Best of Shorts will repeat NEXT Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
The rest of “SPF #6” will feature longer pieces which will be performed in a repertory schedule. The six longer shows are:
(one night only!)
Written and performed by James Judd
Directed by Keira McDonald
Funny Stories is an hour of autobiographic monologues delivered in Judd’s unique, immediate style that draws the audience in to feel like they are experiencing his hilarious foibles are they are unfolding.
The centerpiece of Funny Stories involves an infamous murder case. In 2003, Dean Faiello, a construction worker posing as a dermatologist fatally injected one of his patients with Lidocaine, stuffed her in a suitcase and buried her in cement in his garage. After fleeing to Costa Rica, he was caught and extradited back to the U.S., where he is now serving a 20 year sentence in Attica.
Judd was also one of Faiello’s victims, and his quasi-obsessive relationship with the fake doctor is fodder for a chilling and dramatic tale.
Miss Fanny’s Fun Box
Written and performed by Kate Jaeger
Directed by Cindy Bradder
Original music by Erin Stewart
It’s the final taping of Miss Fanny’s Fun Box. After 20 years of entertaining and educating children of
all ages, Fun Box is being replaced by Extreme Toddler Cage Match. Join Miss Fanny as she answers the question “What’s inside my Fun Box today?”
April 12, 13, 27, 28
Written and performed by Mike Mathieu
An underdog private detective takes on big city lawyers, small town cronyism, and his own massive
faults in this comedy-mystery-drama, written and performed by Mike Mathieu (of The Cody Rivers
April 12, 14, 19 27
Good Girls’ Guide: Dominatrix or Dummies
Written and performed by Eleanor O’Brien
Good Girls’ Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies is Eleanor O’Brien’s solo show about training to be a
dominatrix in New York City. By turns raunchy, hilarious and heartbreaking, GGG: D4D introduces
an unforgettable cast of sex workers and clients. Far from a simple guide to whips and chains, there is
a love story woven into the fabric of the S&M adventure. O’Brien, founder of the sex-positive theater
company Dance Naked Productions, may have failed as a professional domme, but she succeeds in
creating a memorable character in The Self-Help Dominatrix – because sometimes you need a spanking, and sometimes you need a hug. From tap shoes to break dance, Phil Collins to soul motion,
GGG: D4D follows a deeper journey about what it means to be worshipped, and how everyone wants
to be wanted.
April 13, 20, 21, 25, 26
Written and performed by Andy Buffelen
Directed by Amy Escobar
Sportscasting is a balls eat balls world, and co-co-anchor Nick Winters knows it’s time for a different
game. Fed up with being a piñata in the mad world of sports news, Nick ditches his job for a chance to
host Americas favorite game show. With his golden opportunity waiting for him in LA, Nick must flee
the Mojave desert home of the Robinson’s, the subject of Nick’s latest story, who want to keep Nick
exactly where he is. Join Nick Winters and the dubious people in his life in this half-pint epic about
the road to stardom.
April 14, 19, 25, 26
Cherry Manhattan Presents: THE BEYOND REAL HUMAN FEMALE!
A Neo-Burlesque Cabaret
Produced and curated by Cherry Manhattan
Additional performances by Lyla la Coeur and other guest stars
Neo-burlesque stars Fuchsia Foxxx, Diva le Deviant, Cherry Manhattan, and Jesse-Belle Jones explode
all things feminine as they strut, shimmy and sizzle their way beyond the real human female. Playing
with expectation, form, gender and the body politic in the true spirit of burlesque as a transgressive
and transcendent space, these solo artists delve into an examination of the artist behind the image.
April 21, 28 (These performances begin at 9:30pm instead of 9pm)
Here’s the Full Calendar for SPF #6: