Dancing to the Edge of a Cliff: One Woman's Musical Mythological Journey toward Self-Acceptance
DANCING TO THE EDGE OF A CLIFF: ONE WOMANS MUSICAL MYTHOLOGICAL JOURNEY TOWARD SELF-ACCEPTANCE is a one woman show written and performed by Margaret Mendenhall, directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson, set to have its world premiere in the largest solo theatre festival on the West Coast, Whitefire Theatres SOLOFEST 2019.
Incorporating music, multimedia, humor, a touch of mythology, and embodying over thirty characters, Margaret whimsically puts her psyche on stage to explore her struggle with self-acceptance and her experience of two mental breakdowns. Margaret explores not only what outside influences molded her personality, but also confronts two internal voices, representing the competing compulsions of artistry and perfectionism. Realizing in the end that what she has been taught her whole life was right, doesnt work for her.
While this is Margaret Mendenhalls first solo show, she has previously performed in childrens theatre and for two years was a member of an improv troupe. She also has written an unproduced one act play set on Mars, and hosts and produces the public access television show, MYTH IS ALL AROUND US. This year she earned her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology and has presented academic papers at conferences throughout the country on topics such as Star Trek and the representation of feminine energy in the arts, which was the focus of her dissertation.
Jessica Lynn Johnson, recipient of BEST NATIONAL SOLO ARTIST AWARD, is the Founder & CEO of Soaring Solo LLC, a company dedicated solely to the Direction & Development of one person plays. Jessica is passionate about the transformational power of solo theatre and has aided in the creation of over 60 solo shows. Over the years, Jessicas directorial projects have garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, and have taken home awards such as TOP OF FRINGE, HFF ENCORE PRODUCER AWARDS, TVOLUTION BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE, and LARRY CORNWALL AWARD FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE. Jessica was most recently nominated for the Female Director of Distinction in Theatre Award by Girl Trip LLC at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. As a published playwright and performer, Jessica has edu-tained international audiences touring her own 25 character one person shows ZE and OBLIVIOUS TO EVERYONE for over 13 years. Jessica is also a proud Board Member and Submission Screening Panelist of the LA Womens Theatre Festival celebrating their 26th year of empowering diverse female artists from all over the world.
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13500 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423