2012 One Woman Shows

sola voce

Sola Voce is a powerhouse program of solo shows. From hilarious to heart-wrenching, Sola Voce is a eclectic showcase of the art of solo performance.

Below you can see the 2012 Festival lineup.

Sola Voce #1
Naked in Alaska
written and performed by Valerie Hager*
directed by Scott Slavin
A young woman longs for a place where she feels welcome, but her drive to be desired pulls her into an adventure from which she may not return. Naked In Alaska tells the autobiographical, behind-the-scenes story of an exotic dancer searching for love and relief in clubs from Mexico to Alaska to California. Come see live pole dancing, hear your favorite rock n’ roll hits, and feel a whole lotta heart!  This is one wild adventure… but adventures aren’t always what they appear. (valeriehager.com/nakedinalaska)

Performances: Friday, November 9 @ 6pm** & Saturday, November 10 @ 3pm
**FREE live pre-show music 1/2 hour before curtain at this performance

Sola Voce #2
Happily Never Ever
written and performed by Gina Femia
directed by Tiffany Soares
Step right up and see the Freaks, the women of fairy tales come to life with stories that will shock and amaze! The freak show has been traveling for fifteen years, but budget cuts mean one of its members will have to leave. Which will it be?

Performances: Monday, November 12 @ 9pm & Saturday, November 17 @ 2pm**
**FREE live pre-show music 1/2 hour before curtain at this performance

Sola Voce #3
If You’re Feeling Blue, Paint Yourself A Different Color!
written and performed by Stephanie Shaw
A funny and potentially offensive personal monologue about the difficulties of sustaining female friendships, the culture of scrap booking and its tangential relationship to a particularly messy sexual act, and the nature of poetry in the suburbs.

Don’t Knock It ‘Til You Try It
written and performed by strong>Desi Moreno-Penson
A conservative Latina in her 40s finally gives in to her husband’s demand for a threesome.

written and performed by Stephanie Shaw
Growing up with an Italian dad who comes to resemble, in an unusual way, the octopus that fascinates, whether it’s in a National Geographic special, in a dish on the dinner table, or roaming free with many mistresses and a restaurant in Des Plaines, IL.”
A personal monologue that also involves the correct way to make a puttanesca sauce while avoiding any real conversation

Performances: Tuesday, November 13 @ 9pm & Wednesday, November 14 @ 6pm**
**FREE live pre-show music 1/2 hour before curtain at this performance

Sola Voce #4 Cheap Chicken
written and performed by Maria Gabriele*
directed by Deborah Hedwall
An adult but irregular woman’s attempt at finding a productive place and independence in the world. “Tell me about yourself, tell me about your goals.”- if this is asked of a woman who hasn’t seen much except grocery stores and is never sure how much she’s asked to share, then “Cheap Chicken” is the story she might tell.

Sailing Down the Amazon
written by Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro
directed by Victoria Marsh
performed by June Lewin*
In Sailing Down the Amazon, an 80-year-old actress, at once sympathetic and insufferable, reacts to the news that she has Alzheimer’s by taking a trip down the Amazon. She is especially worried about how her disease will affect her relationship with the two men in her life: her long suffering husband and her admirer of forty years.

Out of My Mind
written and performed by Laura Pruden*
At sixteen, Laura flips her lid and the heavens beckon; she screams and shuts the door. Raconteur Laura Pruden takes us on a journey through the human plane, where fantasy unravels, memory morphs, and there’s no escape. Or is there? Having an in-body experience can be a trip.

Performances: Saturday, November 17 @ 3:30pm & Sunday, November 18 @ 6:30pm**
**FREE live pre-show music 1/2 hour before curtain at this performance

Sola Voce #5
Finding the Michaels
written and performed by Cassie Angley
directed by Jennifer Stuckert
When your world explodes—literally—it’s time to rewrite your story. Cassie realizes this on the bright New York morning of 9/11, when she suddenly sets out on a quest to find her missing father, Michael. Tracing her bloodline through the generations, she finds a trail of Michaels, both dead and alive. With humor and determination, she portrays nine of the characters she meets on her journey and musters the courage to piece together their fractured stories in this moving and inspiring play. (More info at: findingthemichaels.com)

Performances: Monday, November 19 @ 9pm & Tuesday, November 20 @ 9pm

Sola Voce #6
Tea with Vivien Leigh
written and performed by Alessandra Drapos
directed by Philip Hedley
Post mental breakdown, British actress/bombshell Vivien Leigh (“Gone with the Wind,” “Streetcar Named Desire”) is visited by a young, naïve American drama student in a master-class situation gone horrendously wrong. This play examines the eerie familiarities between Vivien Leigh and the famous roles she played while questioning the nature of acting itself. For Vivien, the roles she played were an escape from mental illness. Unfortunately, they were also her demise.

Performances: Monday, November 26 @ 9pm & Tuesday, November 27 @ 9pm

* ACTORS APPEARING COURTESY OF AEA. An Equity-Approved Showcase 



Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org