Brad McEntire, founder of Audacity Theatre Lab, has announced the lineup for the third annual Dallas Solo Fest, happening June 2-12 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. As in the first two years, there are eight solo performers, each doing a work of one hour or less, performed in two-show blocks over two weekends. What's interesting about this year is that there are only two local performers, Erin Singleton and Brigham Mosley, whose Mo[u]rning After... was a highlight of the 2015 DSF. Two other performers are from Texas (Austin and Houston), and the others come from New Orleans, Chicago, Boston and Yonkers, New York.
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Here is the full DSF news release, with ticket info, show descriptions, schedule and more:
Audacity Theatre Lab is pleased to announce the 2016 Dallas Solo Fest, June 2-12, 2016 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. Eight one-person shows highlight this third year festival with a mix of local solo performers and performers coming in from around the country.
This third annual Dallas Solo Fest line-up includes Eileen Tull’s Bad Dates, or What Killed the Monkey in Indiana Jones Only Makes Me Stronger, Ryan Adam Wells’ Beers About Songs, David Mogolov’s Clenched, Maggie Gallant’s Libertè Egalitè Adoptèe, Brigham Mosley’s Scarlett O’Hara and the War on Tara, Erin Singleton’s Super Mortal, Vincent Mraz’s The Escape Plan and Diana Shortez’ White Sauce and Diaper Babies. Collectively, these performers represent a wide variety of solo performance styles including storytelling, cabaret, multimedia, biography, memoir and pieces that defy easy categorization.
Produced by Brad McEntire, artistic director of Audacity Theatre Lab, the 2016 DSF will be the third annual Dallas Solo Fest after 2014’s inaugural Dallas Solo Fest and last year’s DSF. The purpose of the Dallas Solo Fest is to celebrate extraordinary solo theatre as well as increase awareness and appreciation for the form in the north Texas area.
The Dallas Solo Fest will be produced by Audacity Theatre Lab and will play at the Margo Jones Theatre. Located at the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park at 1121 First Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210, the Margo Jones Theatre features ample free, well-lit parking, access to the DART Rail, and a handy BYOB policy!
Single tickets and Festival Passes for all shows go on sale April 24. Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each festival show and are $60. Individual ticket prices for each show are $12. Reservations can be made via the Dallas Solo Fest website or by calling (214) 888-6650. Details about the shows, artists’ bios, the full schedule and ticket information at: www.DallasSoloFest.com
The shows and performers are:
BAD DATES, Or What Killed That Monkey In Indiana Jones Only Makes Me Stronger
by Eileen Tull (Chicago)
Bad Dates, Or… is a one-woman show about one-woman’s journey through the asteroid field of love, dating, and the filmography of one man. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…Eileen Tull fell in love with Han Solo. And then with a professor by day, loud-punching adventurer by night Indiana Jones. And then with the man behind the hat, the whip, and the tight space pants: Harrison Ford himself. But once the movie is over and the credits roll, how are you supposed to find the scruffy-looking nerf herder you’re looking for? Playing Thursday, June 2 @ 9:00 pm, Friday, June 3 @ 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 4 @ 10:30 pm.
BEERS ABOUT SONGS
by Ryan Adam Wells (Houston)
Original songs outline a tale of love, loss, and drunkenness. Join Vaudeville Comedian and Alternative Country Songwriter Ryan Adam Wells for a tale of alcohol, relationships, and the problems he's had with them. A funny and poignant tale about love gone awry and booze taken too far, coupling original songs and lyrical storytelling. Offer up a prayer to the beer gods and enjoy the tunes! Non-drinkers, of course, are welcome as well. Playing Friday, June 3 @ 10:30 pm, Saturday, June 4 @ 9:00 pm, Sunday, June 5 @ 7:00 pm.
by David Mogolov (Boston)
One of the crowd favorites of the 2014 Dallas Solo Fest, David Mogolov, returns with his new show CLENCHED. Struck by a mystery illness, David receives doctor's orders to relax: something he's incapable of doing. Desperate to conquer his debilitating tension, David dives into a spiraling monologue, a farce that audiences will find familiar, funny, and delightfully weird. Playing Thursday, June 9 @ 9:00 pm, Friday, June 10 @ 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 11 @ 10:30 pm.
LIBERTÉ, EGALITÉ, ADOPTÉE
by Maggie Gallant (Austin)
What kind of parent KNITS their daughter a swimsuit? With itchy, water-absorbing red wool? Maybe the same ones that would buy her a leather briefcase for her 11th birthday. If you ever felt like you didn’t belong with your family then share the embarrassment as British comedian Maggie Gallant discovers where she really came from and then wishes she hadn’t. Playing Friday, June 3 @ 9:00 pm, Sunday, June 5 @ 5:30 pm, Saturday, June 11 @ 10:30 pm
SCARLETT O’HARA AND THE WAR ON TARA
by Brigham Mosley (Dallas)
One of the crowd favorites of the 2015 Dallas Solo Fest, Brigham Mosley, returns with a new solo show SCARLETT O'HARA AND THE WAR ON TARA. Atlanta hates your hoop skirt and you're not the prettiest girl at the barbecue; a literary autobiography of going...Going with the Wind. Playing Thursday, June 2 @ 10:30 pm, Saturday, June 4 @ 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 12 @ 7:00 pm.
by Erin Singleton (Dallas)
In a world where nothing is original, nothing is what it seems, where even a hero's origin story isn't... well, original, one woman documents her journey into the super human the only way she knows how - in her videoblog. Karen Simpleton, mild-mannered comic book nerd, finds herself thrust into the world of great power and even greater responsibility. Will she find her own hero's journey? Or is she destined to be a newb in a world of high level characters in her own real life role playing game? Thursday, June 2 @ 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 5 @ 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 11 @ 9:00 pm.
THE ESCAPE PLAN
by Vincent Mraz (Yonkers, NY)
What does it take to start over? A mix of story-telling and day dreaming, The Escape Plan is a monologue that travels from the Green Mountains of Vermont to a penthouse on Park Avenue in New York. From rows of apples trees to hoards of businessmen on Lexington Avenue. From an average childhood in Connecticut to the all-consuming Koch Industries. Playing Thursday, June 9 @ 7:30 pm, Friday, June 10 @ 10:30 pm, Sunday, June 12 @ 3:00 pm.
WHITE SAUCE AND DIAPER BABIES
by Diana Shortez (New Orleans)
WHITE SAUCE AND DIAPER BABIES is a sultry, intellectual dark comedy which employs movement, verbatim text, and ambient sound to explore the emotional and psychological complexities of the great American poet, Anne Sexton's life and work. This multi-media solo performance incorporates excerpts from Sexton's poetry and prose, along with her letters, diaries and interviews, to chronicle the poet's journey through the minefield of the mid-twentieth century, middle class American landscape. Playing Thursday, June 9 @ 9:00 pm, Friday, June 10 @ 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 12 @ 5:30 pm.