Spectacular Solo Shows

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One person. One stage. One night of unforgettable theater. 

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It takes a seriously talented performer to captivate an entire audience without any costars. All of these shows have incredible actors at their center, plus engaging stories—some hilarious, others historic, and a few heartbreaking. So spend the night one-on-one at these solo outings.

Opens Apr 30

The Box Show

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful
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One woman. 25 characters. All inside a cupboard! In Dominique Salerno's solo show, the space is limited, but the comedic possibilities are endless. A hit at the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival.

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Each time the cupboard doors fly open, we discover an entirely new reality with a brand-new set of characters. These dynamic scenes include a drunken couple mid-fight in a Las Vegas hotel, the entire Greek Army within the Trojan Horse, a lonely Giantess, a lost Pope, and so many more. With sketch-style characters and musical numbers, 'The Box Show' is a fast-paced and adrenaline-filled roller-coaster ride that plunges its audience into vastly different worlds without ever leaving the physical space of the box. It's a shot glass of theater: potent, highly concentrated, and it gets the job done. 

 

Ends May 10

Show Up

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Funny
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The Peoples Improv Theater presents Peter Michael Marino's bold new adventure: a fully improvised solo show.

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After years of performing his solo shows around the world, Marino grew weary of writing and memorizing them. So he's decided to just show up and create one on the spot. The audience will be the subject of this socially anxious experiment that both spoofs and celebrates the solo show genre. All you have to do is show up.

 

Ends Apr 23

Cry Havoc!

Members say: Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Intense
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Bedlam presents Stephan Wolfert's solo show in which he weaves personal stories of his military service with some of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches.

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After six years in the Army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off a train deep in the mountains of Montana and found himself at a performance of 'Richard III' that changed his life forever. In this two-act, one-man show, Wolfert examines his own experience pre- and post-service. The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the "de-cruit" process look like? How do we re-learn to live together?

 

Ends May 07

Angel & Echoes

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking
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These two timely one acts tell stories of women devastated by war who find ways to triumph on their own terms. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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In 'Angel,' Rehana is a young law student who joins the resistance when the town of Kobani is besieged, and quickly discovers that she had a talent for killing. This solo play is inspired by the real-life "Angel of Kobani," a female sniper who held ISIS in check for over a year in war-torn Syria. 

'Echoes,' which played at 2016's Brits Off Broadway festival with a different cast, tells the parallel stories of two women born 175 years apart. One is a student Jihadist from England. The other is a Victorian member of the Fishing Fleet, women who traveled to East Asia to wed the men setting up the Empire. Both are idealists: intelligent adventurers, with strong religious beliefs. And both travel to foreign lands with a mission to impose a system of government upon an unwilling people.

 

Ends Apr 30

Not That Jewish

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
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Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, Monica Piper, stars in her autobiographical solo show about being Jew-"ish."

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From growing up in a show business family and taking her first step onto a comedy club stage, to a WASP wedding and an "almost" night with Mickey Mantle, Piper shares the milestones and moments that have shaped her life. Using the same signature wit found in her writing for 'Roseanne' and 'Mad About You,' Piper takes the audience on a journey from innocence to individuality, reliant to resilient, sharing both humor and heartache along the way.

 

Ends Apr 28

Latin History for Morons

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking
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The Public Theater presents Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo's latest solo show in which he schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas.

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Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 100 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

 

Ends Jun 18

In & Of Itself

Members say: Slow, Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Excruciating
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The Daryl Roth Theatre presents the New York premiere of this performance piece by magician Derek DelGaudio, directed by Emmy winner Frank Oz.

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In 'In & of Itself,' DelGaudio examines the illusion of identity. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show.

 

Ends Apr 23

A Gambler's Guide to Dying

Members say: Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining
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Show and Tell presents a solo show about a granddad who won a fortune in 1966 and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival.

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'A Gambler's Guide to Dying' is an intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind. Gary McNair's award-winning solo show opens in New York following highly acclaimed runs at Spoleto Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Festival, and London's off-West End.

 

Ends May 13

Ferdinand

Members say: Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting
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Tasty Monster Productions presents this solo comedy for families about the trials and tribulations of a single father.

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Inspired by the classic children’s tale about the biggest and strongest bull who wouldn't fight but just wanted to smell the flowers, 'Ferdinand' is the heartwarming story of Tom, a single dad trying to raise his son with love and empathy in a world determined to make him fight. A growing up story for the whole family.

 

Ends Jun 18

Sin Wifi Tambien Se Vive (There's Life Without Wifi)

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Must see, Enchanting
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Repertorio Español presents the latest one-man-show from Latino comedian Saulo García. 

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From the comedian behind 'La Vida en Los Esclavos Unidos,' 'El Insomnio Americano,' and 'En la USA me Quedé' comes 'Sin WIFI También se Vive,' which proves that there was indeed life before iPhones. Reflecting on a time long past, Saulo García explores analog nostalgia with lots of laughs along the way. Performed in Spanish ONLY. No English translation available.

 

Ends Aug 12

CHALK

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful
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FRIGID new york @ Horse Trade presents a playful and poignant one-man homage to silent film-era comedians, created and performed by Alex Curtis.

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'Chalk' is a whimsical solo show which invites audiences of all ages into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this feel-good romantic romp.

 

The Tank and Sinking Ship present this new solo adaptation of Franz Kafka's tragicomic story about the only person who remembers an artist whose act was simply…to hunger.

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What begins as a nostalgic celebration of a lost art form—and its most famous practitioner—becomes a darkly funny trip into the very question of what it means to suffer, and what it means when suffering becomes a public spectacle. Actor, puppeteer, and Sinking Ship co-artistic director Jonathan Levin stars.

 

59E59 presents this new contemporary drama inspired by the enduring Greek myth, which drives home the high price people pay for society's shortcomings.

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Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it. Effie's life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs, and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day - till one night gives her the chance to be something more. This award-winning new play makes its debut in New York following performances at the National Theatre, London.

 

After a decade hiatus, Spotlight On revives its solo and one-act play festival. 

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For this new 'Rise of the Phoenix' festival, the lineup contains participants from many earlier fests as well as from the company's collaborations with Sage Theatre Company in 1996, Planet Connections Festivity in 2009, and the Fresh Fruit Festival in 2012. Consult the festival's homepage for a complete list of events.

 

La MaMa presents this solo performance with puppets: a passionate, comic, and poetic exploration of history as a model for peace building.

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'Heart is in the East' is a duet (with puppets) that takes place in two time periods: Present day Iraq, Beirut, and New York City; and 11th century Cordoba, where Muslims and Jews lived in cultural coexistence inspired to peace by vibrant poetic exchange. Following each performance is a poetry contest. Written & performed by Jessica Litwak.

 

The Brick presents this arts and activism festival with weekly cabarets and collective action projects, which aims to remind us of the reality we live in and the reality we are moving towards.

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A portion of festival proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

Please consult the festival's
website for a full calendar of events.

 

Theaterlab and Convergences Theatre Collective present this drama where the kiss of a stranger awakens the desire and creativity of a middle-aged woman, launching her on a journey of self-exploration.

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It is an odyssey that takes this wife, mother, teacher, and writer into a life outside conventional marriage and motherhood, a life filled with risk, questioning, and confused boundaries. In wandering, how can she put down roots, find a voice, and craft a new story of herself and those with whom she shares a kinship?

Liz Stanton will be joined by different special guests at each performance of 'The Woman Who Was Me,' to have a conversation with the audience about the many choices women make throughout life, consciously and unconsciously. A host will lead the dialogue between the special guest, Liz, and you. The conversation will be based on themes within the play including: creativity, self-love, motherhood, identity, marriage, sex/desire/fulfillment, and wanting more. Special guests will be announced at a later date.