For Immediate Release
April 9, 2013
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“soloNOVA brings back the art of storytelling.” – Back Stage
soloNOVA ARTS FESTIVAL 10th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
RETURNING ARTISTS, WORLD PREMIERES & NYC FAVORITES
terraNOVA COLLECTIVE and Producing Artistic Director, Jennifer Conley Darling, is pleased to announce the 10TH Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival, the award-winning and longest-running solo performance festival in New York City. soloNOVA Arts Festival will play a limited engagement at IRT Theater (154 Christopher Street, inside the landmark Archive Building). Performances begin Thursday, May 23 and continue through Sunday, June 2.
Darling is “pleased to present a combination of soloNOVA alumni and new performances to NYC in the festival.” Darling prides herself on her acute curating process in which this year she involved previous performers on the selection committee. Darling picks “only projects with a strong story arc and a fusion of art forms that are not necessarily autobiographical. This year is a huge celebration. Hitting our 10 year mark and having given platform to over 330 solo artists over the years is a huge source of pride for us.”
A complete list of the shows and their performance schedule is enclosed at the end of this document.
Tickets are $20 for individual shows; $30 for two shows; $80 festival pass (50% discount for all shows at IRT Theater)
Tickets on sale Monday, April 15th. For more information and tickets, please visit www.terranovacollective.org. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at Box Office ½ hour in advance of the performances.
Running Time: All shows are 90 minutes (or less)
soloNOVA Arts Festival (SAF) is now the longest-running solo performance festival in New York City. SAF began in 2004 as a vehicle to showcase innovative artists representing various disciplines and cultures, and whose solo performances reflect distinct perspectives. The festival hosts 8-10 performers annually, who perform three times each in repertory. SAF is specifically curated to showcase the best in puppetry, dance, magic, physical theater, multi-character monologues, multi-media, and other forms of storytelling, and aims to bring forth ideas and experiences from varying cultures. The New York Innovative Theatre Awards has presented SAF programming with 22 nominations and 6 awards over the past three years.
terraNOVA is an ever-expanding collective of artists devoted to nurturing distinct and innovative theatrical voices. It is dedicated to cultivating environments where the art of storytelling thrives, and actively seeks stages for the new theatre it develops.
Since its inception, terraNOVA has staged 8 full-scale productions, over 20 plays within 7 new play workshop series, and 8 annual solo performance festivals that feature diverse artists of many disciplines. Over the past 8 years, terraNOVA has developed more than 80 plays through Groundbreakers and Groundworks, and has given a platform to approximately 320 solo artists in the annual soloNOVA Arts Festival.
terraNOVA has been hosted within several artistic homes, including Performance Space 122, the DR2 Theatre and D-Lounge at the Daryl Roth Theatre (theatre-in-residence for two seasons), Barrow Street Theatre, HERE Arts Center and New Ohio Theatre.
terraNOVA Collective has received many accolades including 30 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations, 8 of which were for the productions of ‘Feeder: A Love Story’ by James Carter and ‘Blue Before Morning’ by Kate McGovern. The remaining nominations have been for shows within the soloNOVA Arts Festival, of which 6 were awarded.
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Written & performed by Michael Milligan
Directed by Tom Oppenheim
Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the fourth of July and his wife Jane. But when his wife is diagnosed with cancer and loses her insurance, his patriotic feelings for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down.
Thursday, May 23rd - 7pm
Saturday, May 25th - 1pm
Friday, May 31st - 9pm
HOW TO DO A ONE PERSON SHOW
Written & performed by Kelly Kinsella
Written & Directed by Padraic Lillis
Kelly is back! This time she will show us…wait…what is Kelly doing? In her own unique way, Kelly Kinsella will probably tell us how to do a one person show, but will no doubt reveal a lot more. Hysterical. Tangential. Insightful. Kelly Kinsella does Kelly Kinsella.
Thursday, May 23rd - 9pm
Saturday, May 25th - 3pm
Friday, May 31st - 7pm
Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE, the solo show
Songs written and performed by Diana Oh
Directed by Leta Tremblay
1/2 concert, 1/3 dance party, 1/3 playtime, 1/3 you're not gonna stay in your seats, 1/3 no bullshit. The math is right. Don't overthink it. "You're the whole package. Song writing is amazing. Voice is out of this world. The most important thing to me is the live show and your show is electric and intimate and HUGE,” - Christopher Gabriel Nuñez.
Friday, May 24th - 7pm
Sunday, May 26th - 1pm
Thursday, May 30th - 9pm
Written & performed by Desi Moreno-Penson
Directed by Jose Zayas
Two women. Two stories. One Actress.
Watch stereotypes get blown to smithereens as Desi Moreno-Penson gets even in the audition room and agrees to have a threesome.
Friday, May 24th - 9pm
Sunday, May 26th - 3pm
Thursday, May 30th - 7pm
THE F*CKING WORLD ACCORDING TO MOLLY
Written & Performed by Andrea Alton
Directed by Molly Marinik
Producer – Irwin Kroot
Choreography - John Paolillo
Costume Designer - Anthony Catanzaro
Sound Designer – David Crabb
Molly "Equality" Dykeman is a loveable, but barely lucid security guard at PS 339 who dabbles in a bit of poetry, a bit of Percocet and a lot of drink. She may be a foul mouthed, straight talking, lady kissing, mother lover, but she still needs to find a way to pull herself together, overcome bed bugs, love and sissy kids to perform in her first poetry show. Will she succeed? Only Molly can tell…
“A fucking riot!!! Like all good comedy, it makes you laugh and feel uncomfortable at the same time -- a real feat. Molly for Lez-ident!” - Village Voice, Michael Musto
Saturday, May 25th - 7pm
Tuesday, May 28th - 9pm
Saturday, June 1st - 3pm
WILL WORK FOR
Written & performed by Dacyl Acevedo
Directed by Jo Cattell
Collaborator Tamilla Woodard
Photographer, Illustrator, Costume Designer - Heather Anderson
Unemployment and the adventure begins! On a journey into the unknown, Dacyl Acevedo has to dodge through booby-trapped interviews, face demons of her employment past, hold tight to her dream while surviving the economic crash. Will Work For is a farcical and satirical journey into the new world of work and tells of how one person is surviving.
Saturday, May 25th - 9pm
Tuesday, May 28th - 7pm
Saturday, June 1st - 1pm
Written & performed by James Anthony Zoccoli
Deejay & Sound Design by Gregor Mortis
Projections & Lighting Design by Elizabeth Boros-Kazai
Chicagoland, 1979: In this too-good-to-be-true story of one boy’s life in an interracial family, James Anthony Zoccoli recalls growing up as a half-Italian, half-Polish kid who wants to be Black when his White mom marries an African-American man. Hilarity ensues!
“Deftly strikes a wonderful balance of hilarious-meets-poignant.”- Chicago Theatre Blog
Wednesday, May 29th - 7pm
Saturday, June 1st - 9pm
Sunday, June 2nd - 1pm
Presented by The Movement Theatre Company
Written & performed by Eric Lockley
Directed by Jonathan McCrory
“Think Spike Lee directing The Incredible Afro-Hulk from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, and you get a sense of the inner transformations and character mutations that Lockley performs in his 60 minutes on stage.” Says Daniel Lehman, Backstage, as Eric Lockley reprises his sold-out soloNOVA show exploring if laughter is the best medicine.
Wednesday, May 29th - 9pm
Saturday, June 1st - 7pm
Sunday, June 2nd - 3pm
MAIEUTIC THEATRE WORKS presents
The 2011 National NewBorn Festival
The City College of New York
North Academic Campus (NAC)
138th St & Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan
Thu, Feb 3rd through Sat, Feb 5th at 6pm & 8:30pm
Sun, Feb 46h at 5pm
This year’s selected playwrights are Jacqueline Goldfinger from Pennsylvania, Rich Rubin from Oregon, Marilynn Barner Anselmi from North Carolina, Duncan Pflaster from New York, and Riti Sachdeva from New Mexico. Kicking off NewBorn will be the resident reading of David Stallings’ The ReEducation of Arizona, helmed by resident director Cristina Alicea.
Each play receives a free reading with the possibility of a second to the recipient of the Audience Favorite Award (announced Saturday, February 5th before midnight on the MTWorks website). Prior to the festival, the MTWorks’ board of directors will bestow the first Excellence in Playwriting Award.
The 2011 National NewBorn Festival is sponsored by
The City College of New York’s Psychology Club and Department
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