Friday, April 17, 2015

2nd Annual Dallas Solo Fest announced

Bremner Duthie
Second Dallas Solo Fest Announced 
Four locals and four out-of-towners will perform in Audacity Theatre Lab's second annual Dallas Solo Fest in June. 

by Mark Lowry | Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Dallas — The line-up for Audacity Theatre Lab's second 2015 Dallas Solo Fest has been announced. The event happens June 4-14 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. The DSF launched in 2014, and although founder/producer Brad McEntire was uncertain if it would be an annual undertaking, it's great that we can say this year's will be the second annual event. 

This year's crop features eight solo performers, four local and four from out of town. The locals are Jeff Swearingen, Brigham Mosley, Van Quattro and Kris Noteboom—you might recognize the latter as a critic for TheaterJones. Quattro will reprise Standing Eight Count, recently seen at WaterTower Theatre's Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. 

The full list of performers and works (more about the shows is below): 

  • Carla Cackowski’s The Seriously Neurotic Dream of Mary Shelley 
  • Bremner Duthie’s ’33: A Kabarett 
  • Brigham Mosley’s Mo[u]rnin’ After 
  • Kris Noteboom’s And Then I Woke Up 
  • Van Quattro’s Standing Eight Count 
  • Jeff Swearingen’s An American Asshole in France 
  • Lesley Tsina’s Lord of the Files
  • Jill Vice's Tipped & Tipsy 
Lesley Tsina

For the second year, TheaterJones is the official media sponsor of the event, so look for upcoming events, ticket giveaways and contests. 

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 Ave., Dallas, 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 27. Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each festival show and are $55. 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: 

Here's a description and performance times for each show: 

 ’33: A Kabarett by Bremner Duthie (New Orleans). ’33 is a 'Kabarett of Ghosts' — recreating the final night in a Berlin cabaret, destroyed by the Security Forces. In the ruins of a ravaged theatre, the Master of Ceremonies tumbles onto a ruined. His friends and colleagues were beaten and arrested by the authorities. Only their shattered props and costumes remain. He intends to give up and vanish into the night. But an audience has slipped through the broken door. Inspired, the man pays homage to his fallen friends, performing each of their acts. In these tributes, he gains the strength to carry on. Playing Thursday, June 11 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 14 @ 3:30 p.m. 

 An American Asshole in France by Jeff Swearingen (Dallas). An American Asshole in France is the story of a socially awkward man just trying to have a decent time abroad. Fate, however, will always take an otherwise magical experience and turn it into a hard knock lesson about one's self. Proving that if you are an unadjusted jerk it will haunt you where ever you go. And even when you're not being one, life will ruin that too. Take delight in one little man's pain, because it will just get worse in this true story that is full of danger, disappointment, and a vast language barrier. Playing Friday, June 5 @ 10:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7 @ 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 12 @ 10:30 p.m. 

 …And Then I Woke Up by Kris Noteboom (Dallas). Kris has known fear ever since he woke up in bed one night screaming, “I don’t want to die.” He was three years old. Through a series of humorous anecdotes, Kris traces his trouble with dreams, both waking and sleeping, real and imagined, as he looks for his “thing” in life. He wrestles with the expectations of family, friends, and society at large. ...And Then I Woke Up is about a guy who makes a decision, hell or high water, to reclaim his dreams and change his life. Playing Thursday, June 4 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6 @ 10:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7 @ 5:00 p.m. 

 Lord of the Files by Lesley Tsina (New York). Comedian Lesley Tsina (NBC’s Community, HBO’s Funny or Die Presents) worked for a company that made cell phone ringtones. That is, until they announced nine months of layoffs and the entire office descended into savagery. Lord of the Files is a darkly hilarious story about losing your job, losing your mind, and still having to attend an all-company pancake breakfast. Playing Thursday, June 11 @ 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 12 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13 @ 10:30 p.m. 

 Mo[u]rnin. After. by Brigham Mosley (Dallas). Mo[u]rnin'. After. is a mythic autobiography for the queer prodigal son - a journey to the ancestors and back to the homeland through magic, musicals, and time travel; dream ballets included. Playing Thursday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11 @ 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 13 @ 9:00 p.m. 

 Standing Eight Count by Van Quattro (Dallas). Standing 8 Count is Van Quattro’s hard-knuckled, true account of 1975: the year he spent as a semi-professional boxer. Quattro faces down an opponent more formidable than any he’s faced before: the ghost of his own youth. Standing 8 Count will break your face, your funny bone and your heart. Playing Sunday, June 7 @ 3:30 p.m., Friday, June 12 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 14 @ 5:00 p.m. 

 The Seriously Neurotic Dream of Mary Shelley by Carla Cackowski (Los Angeles). Mary Shelley has been challenged to come up with a scary story by a room full of accomplished men. Paralyzed by writer's block, she falls asleep and is confronted by all of her womanly insecurities. History may remember Mary Shelley as an English novelist. But did you also know she was a bossy sister? A bad girlfriend? A so-so mother? And hey - a time traveler! Mary Shelley loves Beyonce! Thursday, June 4 @ 10:30 p.m., Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 6 @ 9:00 p.m. 

 Tipped &Tipsy by Jill Vice (San Francisco). Whether you’ve been behind the bar, on a stool, or under a table, this one woman show was written for you. So, join the regulars and order the usual, but tonight… things are gonna change. With her excellent physical performance skills Jill Vice brings to life over a dozen different characters. TIPPED & TIPSY is a hilarious and touching send up of American Bar Culture. Playing Friday, June 5 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7 @ 7:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Down Low

The Down Low 
A New Dark Comedy (in an Old House) 
by Danny O'Connor 
Directed by Brian Grunkowski 

When the nude body of a recently slain man is discovered in Aaron's bedroom, his friends and roommates one by one must decide whether they should go to the police or protect themselves from what would come if they did. The play all takes place in the living room of a real home and playgoing capacity is maxxed out at fifteen seats, so the audience is right there in the room, witnesses to these characters as they continue to make the worst possible decisions in moments of very real, completely avoidable crisis. 

THE DOWN LOW is a hilarious new play with undercurrents of the fear, optimism, loneliness and selfishness that permeate middle-class white America. 

Featuring Jeff Swearingen, Jordan Tomenga, Robin Clayton, Danny O'Connor, Brian Grunkowski, and introducing Mercedes Arndt. 

Produced by Audacity Theatre Lab and Octaviar Productions. 

5922 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas TX 75206 
April 30 May 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 

All shows start at 8:00 pm, seating starts at 7:45 pm 
Tickets $15... cash or credit at the door. 
 Reservations HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Extremely LIMITED SEATING! 15 Seats per show! For reservations/ tickets call (469) 546-9127 or for online ticketing click... HERE