Soho Playhouse Summer Solo Series – Adam Rapp, Bukowski, Spalding Gray, etc.

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Soho Playhouse is presenting a series of 13 solo shows, each for one night only, from June 18th to August 4th in the performance art/monologuist tradition of Spalding Grey, whose own words are being read on July 16th. Most of these were hits when first performed. Here is the schedule:

Thursday, June 18
Mother Load
Written and performed by Amy Wilson
Directed by Julie Kramer
Amy Wilson’s real-life experience as the mother of three children under five. Mother Load had an off-Broadway run in the spring of 2007, and has played in cities throughout the country since.

Monday, June 22
The Tricky Part
Written and performed by Martin Moran
Directed by Seth Barrish
Between the ages of 12 and 15, Martin Moran had a sexual relationship with an older man. Now 42 and an established New York actor, he has transformed his story into a journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire and human trespass. The New York premiere received a 2004 Obie award and two Drama Desk nominations.

Thursday, June 25
Nocturne
Written and directed by Adam Rapp
Performed by Dallas Roberts
A 32-year-old struggling novelist tells us the story of his life over the past 15 years beginning with the fateful day when he was 17 and his brakes failed, causing him to run over and kill his 10-year-old sister.

Monday, June 29
Bukowski from Beyond
By Leo Farley and Stephen Payne
Directed by Leo Farley
Performed by Stephen Payne
The show is entirely made up of Bukowski’s individual poems, Payne playing Bukowski.

Tuesday, July 7
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron
Written and performed by Taylor Negron
With music by Logan Heftel
Directed by David Schweizer
True stories mixed with music

Thursday, July 9
No Child…
Written and performed by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Hal Brooks
Nilaja Sun plays 16 characters in 70 minutes, based on her experiences as a resident artist in the New York City public schools.

Tuesday, July 14
Life in a Marital Institution
(20 years of monogamy in one terrifying hour)
Written and Performed by James Braly
Directed by Hal Brooks

Thursday, July 16
Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell
Words by Spalding Gray
Concept by Kathleen Russo
Directed by Lucy Sexton
With Ain Gordon
(additional artists to be announced)

Tuesday, July 21
El Conquistador
Written and performed by Thaddeus Phillips
Directed by Tatiana Mallarino
Polonio is a Colombian peasant who flees his war-ravaged village to become a soap opera star. What he finds instead is a job as the doorman of a fancy high-rise apartment building populated by crazy and exotic residents who are portrayed by some of Latin America’s best TV stars (who appear via video).

Thursday, July 23
Jamaica Farewell
By Debra Ehrhardt
Directed by Wallace Norman
A true story involving a tumble of Jamaica, revolution, the CIA, machetes, goats, etc.

Tuesday, July 28
Sakina’s Restaurant
Written and performed by Aasif Mandvi
Azgi is an Indian emigrant who comes to New York to work in a restaurant and realize the American Dream. Winner of an Obie Award during its long off-Broadway run.

Thursday, July 30
9 Parts of Desire: In Concert
Written and performed by Heather Raffo
Co-Created and composed by Amir ElSaffar
A dramatic evening of spoken word and melodic solos that spring from the performers’ Iraqi and American roots

Tuesday, Aug. 4
Underneath the Lintel
By Glen Berger
(cast to be announced)
A librarian embarks on a quest to find out who anonymously returned a library book that is 113 years overdue. A clue scribbled in the margin of the book and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket take him on a mysterious adventure that spans the globe and the ages.

All tickets are $35

For more on solo performance theater in New York City, see this page on CultureMob.

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