Solo Performance Festival (SPF #4: Can You Get My Back) presented by Theatre Off Jackson is the fourth installment of Seattle's annual solo performance festival, and is dedicated to presenting fearless, cutting-edge, diverse performances by solo theatre artists. SPF #4 invites you to celebrate solo artists through storytelling, music, dance, fiction, memoirs and whatever else their lone voice can dream up.
Lisa Koch (Dos Fallopia, Ham for the Holidays) brings us Demonstrate the Place of My Abode with a look at the life and music inspired by a funny father. Weekly pop culture-and-politics columnist of The Stranger's "Last Days," David Schmader takes the stage exposing his relationships with women in Blue's Not Black. Helen Hayes Award winner, Gin Hammond, shares the true story of civil rights African American doctor, Caroline Beatrice Montier in Returning The Bones
Drag queen extrordinaire Ben DeLaCreme (Can Can Cabaret, Atomic Bombshells, Academy of Burlesque) shows us what's behind the makeup in Ben DeLaCreme's Piece de Resistance (the piece she should have resisted) now in IMAX 3-D! Minnesota's Sage Award Outstanding Performer, Tamara Ober brings dance performance Pipa to Seattle, which has captivated audiences with it's dynamic mix of spoken word, dance, video and beautiful musical score. Billie Wildrick (ACT Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Footlight Award Winner, Gregory Award Nominee) brings her commanding and luminescent vocal talent to Theatre Off Jackson to the story of Samson.
Performances range in date from March 3 - April 3 and are at 7:30pm. Tickets for Solo Performance Festival at Theatre Off Jackson are $15 ($10 for Late Night Monologue Slams at 10pm) or $99 for a all-access festival pass. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets at http://bit.ly/spf4tix. Using code SUNSCREEN, early purchasers can recieve a discount on all performances and the festival pass, while supplies last. Stay with Solo Performance Festival through our blog at spfseattle.blogspot.com and our Facebook Fan Page at http://bit.ly/spf_4
Above Normal Range by Becca Davis - Best in Shorts
A woman with an unusual vocal attribute interviews for a specialized dating service.
Ben DeLaCreme's Piece de Resistance! (the piece she should have resisted) now in IMAX 3D!
April 1, 2, 3
At last Seattle's terminally delightful star of stage and street shares the secrets that have tricked dozens of audience members into enjoying her company. Join DeLaCreme as she peels back the outer layers of makeup and artifice to reveal the makeup and artifice within.
Ben DeLaCreme has appeared in theaters and nightclubs from coast to coast ever since the fateful day in 2002 when she realized that normally unsavory behavior is better received the more makeup one wears. Hailed by The Stranger as "the reason live performance was invented," DeLaCreme combines her background in the performing & visual arts with a love of spectacle, glamour, and Saturday morning cartoons to create a thick sludge of sparkly entertainment certain to stick to your ribs. Favorite local venues include The Triple Door, ACT Theater, Theater Off Jackson and West Hall where DeLaCreme produces and directs the annual seasonal spectacle HOMO for the Holidays. You may recognize DeLaCreme from her engagement as the in-house MC at the award winning Can Can Cabaret, as an instructor at the Academy of Burlesque, or as the drunk you've avoided any number of places. Ben DeLaCreme doesn't miss a moment of Seattle's rainy season, but escapes that nasty two months of sunshine by summering in Provincetown, MA with The Atomic Bombshells.
Blue's Not Black by David Schmader - Best in Shorts
March 16, 23
Blue's Not Black, David Schmader's solo play about his deep and complicated relationships with women. The second half of this work will be a solo play with another performer in it. This is from the first half.
David Schmader is a writer and performer who's been living and working in Seattle since 1991. His solo plays include Letter to Axl and Straight, which he's performed in Seattle and across the U.S. Since 1999, Schmader's been an editor and staff writer for the Seattle newsweekly The Stranger, for which he writes the weekly pop culture-and-politics column "Last Days."
Daddy is Plastic by Elspeth Walker - Best in Shorts
A short performance piece about a girl who goes to London to meet a dad she hasn't seen in eleven years and finds that her knight-on-white-horse vision is actually self-centered, fat, self-destructive and ugly. Daddy is Plastic is a valley-girl's wrestling match with the duplicities of images we create for a single person; a deconstruction of our nasty human tendency to fabricate idyllic, porcelain people out of their primal, repulsive counterparts.
Elspeth Walker is a senior Theater & English major (French minor) at Seattle University. She was last seen as Cleanthis in SU's winter 2010 production of Marivaux's The Island of Slaves. Elspeth is planning to perform the full version of her piece Daddy is Plastic for her departmental honors project in SU Theater this spring. She was recently awarded a scholarship for Artistic Achievement in Theater from the department. She is also the Literary Intern at ACT this year.
De: Colores: Flying with Color by Ben Gonio - Best in Shorts
March 16, 23
A boy, his father and a family's arrival to a new land. A timeless and familiar story that re-plays countless times in a young Filipino immigrant's journey. Mack Ati recounts the wondrous expectations of his childhood as he recounts his embarkment to the United States in the late 1970s. A story brimming with universal themes.
Ben Gonio is a local actor and producer in the Seattle area. A recipient of the 2007 Artist Trust Grant for his solo show As Boundless As The Green Earth, Ben also received a 2009 City of Seattle, Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Grant, for his solo-show project about Carlos Bulosan. Regional credits include Seattle Repertory Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Alice B. Theatre. He has performed nationally at Tony Award winning Minneapolis Children's Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, Houston's Arena Theatre, and Sierra Repertory Theatre. bengonio.com
Demonstrate the Place of My Abode by Lisa Koch
March 9, 12, 17, 30
Stories of a funny father, the music he inspired, and a quirky look at life and death.
An irreverent Seattle singer/actor/comedian, Lisa Koch has released four solo recordings, is one-half of loony sketch-comedy duo, Dos Fallopia (Ham for the Holidays, My Breasts Are Out of Control), and is an alumnus of cult quartet Venus Envy (I'll Be A Homo for Xmas). She performs at folk and comedy festivals all over the world, and has shared the stage with Steve Martin, Dave Brubeck, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Kate Clinton, and Janis Ian. Lisa has co-written such warped cabaret shows as The Carpeters: Uncomfortably Close To You, Déjà Poo, and Ham for the Holidays: Lard Potion No 9. She has toured two one-woman shows (Two's Company, I'm a Crowd, Return to Planet Lisa) and regional theater credits include The Vagina Monologues (Phoenix Theatre) Dirty Blonde (AZ Theatre Co.) and as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (5th Ave Theatre). She is the composer of a recent Off-Broadway musical about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (27, Rue de Fleurus), published by Samuel French. She performs regularly on Olivia Cruises, has been seen on LOGO, and her latest CD, Tall Cool Drink contains the internet hit, "I'm a Middle-Aged Woman." http://www.heylisa.com/
The Dwellers by Jonah Von Spreecken
March 4, 8, 17, 19, 29
There is a building where the floors are thinner than the walls. The residents' shoes populate the lobby as there is a no-shoes ordinance past level one. A young man lives amongst the piles of shoes, and takes charge of making them not so empty all the time.
Frontier: Valley of the Shadow by Ki Gottberg
March 5, 13
In a whirl of immigrant family history past and future, Ki Gottberg swirls transformatively though all the characters in her own humorously intimate story about spiritual hunger, physical appetite and the quest for faith. One hour long.
Ki Gottberg is a Seattle native. New City Theater, where Frontier: Valley of the Shadow (Seattle Times Footlight award) ran September-November 2009, has been her recurrent artistic home since 1983; her plays Hunger, Stript and Big Boss or the Inner Life of Everything all began life there, and she has appeared in numerous New City productions. Work staged in Seattle other places include The Compendium of Nastiness at The Womb Theater, her commissioned adaptation and direction of Ubu Roi at the Empty Space Theater and an operetta, Mirabelle, a Breeze, commissioned by the Seattle International Children's Festival (Giant Magnet). She is a recipient of numerous awards and grants for playwriting including a $25,000. NEA/TCG Playwriting Fellowship with New City Theater. After a career in Seattle theater, Ki is now a professor at Seattle University in Fine Arts, where she teaches acting, playwriting, and directs student productions. She is a graduate of the U of W Professional Actor Training Program.
Growing up and Liking It by Jennifer Jasper
April 1, 2, 3
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in a house with five girls with a mother with a propensity for falling down, a father who doesn't really like children, and a grandfather whose hobby is making dildos? Well, this is Jennifer Jasper's life. She has a unique and hilarious way of telling these stories. And the most disturbing part...they're all true. Performed improvisationally, she takes you on a journey from growing up the middle child in a middle class family to the middle of her own mid-life.
Jennifer Jasper has been performing and directing in Seattle for almost 20 years and has performed nationally. She was a co-founder of Kings' Elephant Theatre (10 years) and co-founder of Pulp Vixens (10 years). Most recently she can be seen hosting burlesque and performing it as well as the scotch-swilling "Maggie". In 2009 she direcTed Keefee's House of Cards and Teensploitation for Printer's Devil Theatre of which she is a member. Through improvisation she is continuing to develop her stories into a longer form and looks forward to performing them wherever she can.
Gunpowder by Jayson McDonald
March 25, 26, 27
Jake's Gift by Julia Mackey
March 25, 26, 27
Jake's Gift is a surprisingly funny drama about a WWII veteran's reluctant return to Normandy, France, for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. While there he meets Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old from the local village, whose inquisitive nature and charm challenge the old soldier to confront some long ignored ghosts, most notably, the wartime death of his eldest brother, Chester, a once promising young musician.
Julia Mackey was born into a very active theatre family in Birmingham, England and moved to Canada when she was three years old. She grew up in Montreal, and received an education degree from McGill University before heading out west in 1993 to pursue acting and writing. In 1995 she started doing just that with Victoria's Theatre SKAM, and has since worked with many other theatre companies across Canada. Since 2007, Julia has toured Jake's Gift to rave reviews at theatres and festivals across Canada. http://www.juliamackey.com/
Kitty in The City by Jeff Frieders
March 12, 20, 22, 31
A story about Ronney Bridestar, owner and operator of "Kitty in the City Beauty Bar and Day Spa for Feline Friends by Ronney Bridestar." This full length piece chronicles Ronney's journey toward success as he struggles to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
Jeff Frieders is thrilled to be making his SPF debut. Kitty in the City was originally produced as a senior thesis at Cornish College of the Arts. It was most recently work-shopped in Wisconsin during an internship with Milwaukee Repertory Theater and is preparing to tour the Canadian fringe circuit. Recent credits include Gus in The River Why (Book-It Repertory) and Ferdinand in The Tempest (Seattle Shakespeare). Jeff is excited to be working with the hilarious and talented Chelsea Anderson and sends his love to his family and his beautiful partner, Erika.
Late Night Monologue Slam: Hosted by Kevin Kent
at Canoe Social Club - above Theatre Off Jackson
3/13 & 27 - 10pm
Selected performers compete in a winner-takes-all showdown where the audience and local celebrity judges pick the fiercest most daring solo performer. Hosted by Teatro Zinzanni's Kevin Kent.
Little Boy In Flames by Guiseppe Ribaudo - Best In Shorts
Growing up gay in a straight world. Guiseppe tackles Nature vs. Nurture with songs and stories.
My Little Loves by Becca Davis - Best in Shorts
Internationally known opera star Bitsy Malouf shares stories and songs of her multi-decade career, life and loves.
No Game by Noah Benezra - Best in Shorts
March 16, 23
"Dudely" comedy about hip hop, getting arrested and losing virginity in the Bush Era.
Not. Stable. At all. By Paul Budraitis
March 6, 10
Uncertainty and instability at a personal and societal level. The spontaneous following of questionable impulses, the impossibility of connection, the mistrust of authority and the presence of chaos and random violence in our lives. Paul Budraitis dives into these themes and takes his audience on a ride that is part punk-rebellion and part narrative rollercoaster.
Paul Budraitis is a director, actor, writer and teacher of acting and stage movement. In Seattle, he has worked with Annex Theatre, New City Theatre, On the Boards, and the Degenerate Art Ensemble. Paul recieved his master's degree in theatre from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. Paul worked with innovative Finnish director Kristian Smeds on a contemporary re-imagining of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Paul's recent director credits include David Mamet's Edmond at Balagan Theatre. As a teacher, Paul has worked as a lecturer in the acting and directing faculty of the LMTA, teaching acting and stage movement.He has also taught the "biomechanics" technique of Russian theatre director Vsevelod Meyerhold at the LMTA, as well as to students at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik, Iceland.