Occupy Your Vagina! (West Coast Premiere)
Occupy Your Vagina! is a semi-autobiographical, sex-istential comedy that challenges our beliefs about women and sex and aging. Written and performed by Mariann Aalda, it encourages women to take personal responsibility for their fulfillment in the bedroom as well as in the boardroom and enlightens men on the many ways they can assist!
Workshopped at Dixon Place, New York's cutting-edge incubator for new works, the show has also been performed in Chicago and New Orleans to audience raves. Auspiciously, its West Coast premiere seems especially timely in light of current events.
After a thirty-year television career that included series-regular and recurring sitcom roles (The Royal Family, Designing Women) and contract and recurring soap opera roles (Edge of Night, Guiding Light, Sunset Beach) Mariann hit her head on the glass ceiling of ageism that befalls so many actresses. She redirected her natural actor's curiosity about the human condition into becoming a hypnotherapist...and ended up being her own best client.
Most of her clients were women her age suffering from depression. She soon realized that they had already been hypnotized. They were under a spell cast by society and contemporary media that women lose value and sexual viability as they get older. Her job was to DE-hypnotize them.
The positive suggestions Mariann gave her clients took root in her own subconscious, catapulting her back to acting and a mission of changing the paradigm on women and aging. Over a decade of sketch-comedy and theatrical productions, standup, a comedy video blog and a 25-episode improvisational comedy web-series, she honed the performance art character, Adult Sex-Ed Evangelist & Mojo Motivator Ginger Peechee-Keane. Aalda's inspiring career journey was recently profiled by AARP Studios for their #DisruptAging campaign.
The show humorously and optimistically covers the emotional, physical and spiritual journey of women spanning puberty, marriage, parenting, divorce, an empty nest, health challenges, late-in-life dating, and mortality, ultimately, to self-acceptance -- all under the jovial "Coming of Age-ing" tutelage of Dr. Ginger Peechee-Keane.
PRESS & INDUSTRY RAVES
Mariann Aalda delights as Ginger Peechee-Keane, a chipper, bawdy, prone-to-song adult sex-ed evangelist & mojo motivator who offers empowering words of wisdom. -CHICAGO READER
Warm, talented, funny...awesome performance -Nancy Gunn, Emmy Award-winning producer, NOLA
She puts her funny where her heart is. -Danna Hyams, ex-managing producer, HAYWORTH THEATRE
Even our jaded Aussie bartender in the DP Lounge said: She's something special...and he never gets excited about anything! -Ellie Covan, Artistic Director/DIXON PLACE
Solofest 2018 Whitefire Theatre (View)
13500 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks , CA 91423
|Minimum Age: 17|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|