City Solo: May 2010
CITY SOLO: A culturally diverse collection of the finest solo artists in the Bay Area perform excerpts from their own full-length shows. Legendary stand-up comic Dave Chappelle recently saw the show and said, "City Solo at Off-Market is like an adventure, it's funny then heartfelt then funny again. I've never seen solo shows done like that before." The hottest solo showcase in San Francisco, City Solo brings together top rate talent under one tent for a night of comedy, drama, and everything in between.
This month's shows feature:
MONICA BHATNAGAR (5/2 & 5/16 only)
Monica, a pre-adolescent fantasizer, negotiates bullies and emerges as a fabulous Indian heroine in "Bollywood Princess".
SUSAN ITO (5/16 & 5/23 only)
Susan Ito was an overweight, rice-loving couch potato when she got a wakeup call that threatened her with diabetes and worse. Follow her roller coaster ride in "FoodFoodBodyBody", from the medical laboratory to Weight Watchers and the world of jogging and secret blogs. Can she have her cake and have her health too?
KATHY JETNIL-KIJINER (5/2 & 5/23 only)
In "Iep Jeltok (yep gel-dok) : Woman a Bountiful Basket", Kathy is a Marshallese girl that swims between responsibility to her family and to herself and along the way finds her own meaning of the Marshallese term iep jeltok.
In "Twenty-Nine" Sarah strives to meet her many expectations of Adulthood. It's just that Reality gets in the way.
In "I Heart Lola", Nicole realizes that life with grandma is suddenly not the same... for Nicole and for her grandma.
DATES & TIMES:
May 2nd, May 16th & May 23rd
Sundays @ 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
1.5 blocks from Powell BART Station
1 block from 5th & Mission Garage (next to Metreon)
Monica Bhatnagar is a former engineer turned actress! She recently performed a staged reading of the full length version of "Bollywood Princess" at Impact Theater in Berkeley. Monica has starred in films that have premiered at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival and The London International Lesbian Film Festival. Monica has extensive training in Bharatanatyum and Indian folk
dance, and has performed across the United States, and in Russia and Denmark. Check out her website at www.monicabhatnagar.com
Susan Ito was once a solitary writer, scribbling away in her lonely garrett, until she discovered the worlds of blogging and solo performance. Heady with community, she is lonely no more and will share her story with any innocent passerby. She is a graduate of San Francisco's incomparable Solo Performance Workshop, where she blossomed under the tutelage of W. Kamau Bell and Martha Rynberg. She blogs at http://foodfoodbodybody.wordpress.com and Twitters as @foodiemcbody.
Kathy Jetnil Kijiner is a poet, writer, and spoken word artist. Born in the Marshall Islands and raised in Hawaii, her work focuses on illuminating her people's struggles and her own struggle as a young, feminist Marshall Islander. She represented Youthspeaks Hawaii in 2006, has been named Winner of the Mary Merritt Henry Undergraduate Poetry Contest in 2008 & 2009, and recently finished a summer at Voices of Our Nations Arts foundation (VONA) at UCSF. She recently finished her first chapbook, a collection of poetry entitled "Iep Jeltok: Woman a Bountiful Basket".
It took Sarah Weidman a year and half to sign up for W. Kamau Bell's Solo Performance Workshop. That was in January 2009. Now she's addicted. The piece she's performing, "Twenty-Nine, "is Sarah's third solo piece written and developed in the Solo Performance Workshop, this Spring facilitated and directed by Martha Rynberg. She also performed "Witness" for The Faithful Fools from 2006-2008 , a one woman show written and directed by Martha Boesing.
Nicole Maxali (City Solo Co-producer/writer/actor/comic) quit her job in the News Industry and began her journey as a working artist/non-profit humanitarian in 2005. During that time she has found her calling through her first stand-up comedy workshop under Kevin Camia & her first black box theater performance at Bindlestiff Studio. She has performed all over the Bay Area at both comedy venues and theaters. She also had the honor to open for comic genius, Dave Chappelle, at the San Francisco Punchline.
Under tutelage of acclaimed comic/solo performer W. Kamau Bell, Nicole Maxali wrote and performed her very first one woman show in 2008. And since then has written two more, "Walking on the Dark Side" and "I Heart Lola". She is currently writing her full length one woman show and is the co-producer of City Solo.
965 Mission St, Stage 205
San Francisco, CA 94103
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|