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Solofest 2018 @ Whitefire Theatre presents "Matthew Marcum - Pollock: A Frequency Parable" and Arianna Veronesi's "My Janis"
The Whitefire Theatre
Sherman Oaks, CA
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The Unconventional Empire and Arianna Veronesi have teamed up with Whitefire Theatre's 2018 Solofest. On February 16th, 2018 The Unconventional Empire will present "Matthew Marcum-Pollock: A Frequency Parable" and Arianna Veronesi will present her solo piece titled, "My Janis" at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California.

"Matthew Marcum - Pollock: A Frequency Parable" is an avant-operatic sound performance piece that explores elements of abstract expressionism through nonlinear narrative and extended vocal techniques. By re-conceptualizing key elements used in this revolutionary style of art making such as energy, motion, scale, and improvisation, a challenge is presented to both the performer and the audience to free the voice from the confines of form and language allowing it to transcend tradition and be experienced for it's potential - Modern Art. The creator of this piece, Matthew Marcum, is an interdisciplinary performance artist that infuses text, sound, movement, and optics to create contemporary theatre productions, live art exhibitions, and conceptual installations. Mixing southern charm and fierce intellect Marcum's work is both innovative and captivating giving new definition to what it means to be an "expressionist". After premiering at The New Experimental Works Festival in San Francisco, CA this piece has continued to pick up steam across the country, most recently appearing to critical acclaim at the St. Louis Fringe Festival, where it received the Artistic Innovation award.

Official Selection of The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival 2018
   Winner - Fringiest of the Fringe 2018

Official Selection of the St. Louis Fringe 2017
   Winner - Artistic Innovation Award

Official Selection of the Sideshow Fringe Festival 2017

Official selection and main-stage appearance for The New Experimental Works Festival (San Francisco, CA) 2017

"In a show where abstract art meets modern beauty, Marcum takes you on a journey that leaves you mesmerized and wondering what the heck you just watched...Modern Art at it's finest."
- St. Louis Limelight Magazine

Written and Directed by: Matthew Marcum
Produced by: Shannon J. Spencer and The Unconventional Empire


My Janis is a window into Janis Joplin's private world as she struggles to find her identity in the summer of 1966. Joplin spent a reclusive year at her parents house in Texas after she nearly died from speed and alcohol addiction in San Francisco. At 23, she works hard to fit in and get rid off her destructive habits: she goes back to college, gets a part time job, goes to psychotherapy and waits for her boyfriend to come to marry her... He never shows up. But she keeps singing. She keeps having very controlled fun. While on a vacation with her friends in Austin she waits for a call from her old friend, Chet Helms who is now a big manager in San Francisco. Things are changing fast with the music revolution and the hippie movement and he wants her to sing for one of his groups "Big Brother and The Holding Co". Janis doesn't know what to do. She is scared of San Francisco,  scared of her own monsters, but this is her dream come true, after years of failures. Can she finally be true to herself and be loved for what she really is?

Winner of The Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers' Award 2017

Winner of The Hollywood Fringe Festival Critics Choice Award 2017

Winner of DOUBLE SWEET Critic & Audience Choice on BETTER LEMONS

"It's a heartbreaking and riveting play. I can't take it out of my head...in a good way. HIGHLY RECCOMMENDT IT! - NoHo Arts District

Written and directed by: Arianna Veronesi

Creative consultant: Greg Braun

Photography: Rudolf Bekker
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The Whitefire Theatre (View)
13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
United States


Arts > Performance

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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