ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL Begins 11/11
On November 11, the first annual ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL will launch a ten-day event that will focus The National Theatre community's attention on the SOLO GENRE, a self-supporting, self-contained creative category of entertainment that is rapidly emerging into the lucrative glare of Bi-Coastal industry interest.
The ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL will run every day, all day and into the evening, from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 20 at THEATRE 80 St. MarkS (80 St. Marks Place - just West of First Avenue - between 7th & 9th Streets - take the N or R to 8th Street/NUY stop; #6 to Astor Place stop; L to 1st Avenue stop).
Michael Wolk, the Festival's Executive Director, has gathered the country's superstars of storytelling and the masters of Solo Presentation for a schedule that contains fifteen Full Length Solo Shows, an Evening of Excerpts from three new powerhouse full length shows, three New Works in development by a select few of the industry's most unique and daring solo artists and eight Workshops, Master Classes and Panels conducted by the Solo Community's most acclaimed veterans poised to share the tools and blueprints that have built this genre into the extremely popular art form it has become.
These playwright/performers are the most acclaimed and heralded artists being presented in the Solo arena today. They are an intensely talented breed driven by the need to tell their stories to the world. Stories so dense in dramatic revelations as to require an unbroken trance-like connection to a willing audience. There is a heightened sense of courage at play here. These are the rock stars of the theatrical world. On stage on their own, they can change your life in a riveting 70 minutes.
The Festival's revered ADVISORY BOARD proudly includes Daniel Beaty, Gretchen Cryer, Mike Daisey, Tovah Feldshuh, Jackie Hoffman, Deb Margolin, Matt Hoverman, Leslie Jordan, Jackie Mason, Dael Orlandersmith, Eva Price, Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart and Nilaja Sun.
THE SUPERSTAR PLAYWRIGHT/PERFORMERS
Deanna Pacelli, Mari Brown, Jeff Grow, Deb Margolin, Raoul Bhaneja, Heather Harpham, Roger Bonair-Agard, Daniel Maclvor, Avery Pearson, PJ Walsh, Jenni Wolfson, Mary Dimino, Grant Sullivan, Al Letson, Gioia De Cari, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo and Martin Dockery, Katie Northlich, Josh Rivedal, Jack Fry, Joanna Parson, Zero Boy and Elizabeth Van Meter.
23 Feet in 12 Minutes, Creating Illusion, Good Morning Anita Hill ... , Hamlet (solo), Happiness, Masquerade: Calypso and Home, Monster, Over There-Comedy is His Weapon, RASH, Scared Skinny, Shadowboxing, Summer in Sanctuary, Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze, unFRAMED, Wanderlust.
THE POWERHOUSE EXCERPTS
Panic Diaries, The Gospel According To Josh, They Call Me Mister Fry.
THE NEW WORKS
Joanna Parson (Joanna Parson and the Three Chords of the Apocalypse), Zero Boy (Zero Boy LIVE) and Elizabeth Van Meter (The Purpose Project: Thao's Library) will develop their remarkably unique shows right before our very eyes. Executive Michael Wolk has provided a heretofore unheard of opportunity for New York audiences to witness the solo show's creative process as it matures into a fully formed performance piece and a highly anticipated NEW WORK.
THE SUBJECTS COVERED
Hurricane Katrina's shell-shocked survivors, the mystical magic and eternal seduction of The Con Artist, Anita Hill & Bristol Palin, an hermetically distilled Hamlet, Euphoria, the anticipation of returning ancestors, the psychological layers of human monsters, facing mortality in Afghanistan and living to tell it, the enormity of the Rwanda genocide and the people who navigated through it, growing up fat in Queens, New York and suffering the thin thugs who also lived there, the crippling exhaustion and indescribable exhilaration of the boxing ring, a long, hot summer spent at the famous Sanctuary on 8th Street in Jacksonville, Florida, the men at M.I.T., epiphanies-on-demand, heart-pounding-throat-drying fear, the decision to "go Hollywood," trying to teach children in South Central Los Angeles and, lastly, trying to achieve manhood without a father in a country without mercy.
Transcribing the Bones: Writing for Performance from Body to Page (Heather Harpham), Comedy in Performance (Cheryl King), Creating Text for a Solo Show (Deb Margolin), Finding Yourself as a Character (Margot Leitman), Life in My Shoes: A Character Workshop (Deanna Pacelli), Tell Your Story: The Art of the Autobiographical Solo Show (Matt Hoverman), From the Stage to the Page (Kimberlee Berlin) and Solo Show Boot Camp (Jen Niles).
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael Wolk is a producer, writer, composer and director. As CEO of Gorgeous Entertainment, he has produced on Broadway (PACIFIC OVERTURES), at Lincoln Center (MUSASHI, TEMPLE OF THE GOLDEN PAVILLION), BAM (MACBETH), Kennedy Center (UP IN THE AIR), and in Central Park (JAPAN DAY @ CENTRAL PARK, since its inception in 2007). His writing credits include screenplays (INNOCENT BLOOD, Warner Bros., directed by John Landis), mystery novels (THE BEAST ON BROADWAY, Signet) and plays (FEMME FATALE, Broadway Play Publishing); he also wrote the book, music and lyrics for DEEP COVER, which premiered at the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He has directed plays and films including the award-winning documentary, YOU THINK YOU REALLY KNOW ME: THE GARY WILSON STORY, which screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and is available on Plexifilm DVD. He currently writing the book for the musical IRON CHEF with Tony-winning composer Mark Hollmann, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
ONLINE: (CREDIT CARD) at www.AFOfest.org for Regular Priced tickets, Festival Passes, Workshops or Panels only.
DAY OF: Tickets must be purchased at the Venue 60 minutes before the performance.
Show Ticket Prices
Regular Ticket Price $20
See 5 Shows, 6th Show FREE
Festival Pass (15 shows, 6 shorts) $250
Student Ticket Price $15 (Day Of)
Student 2 for 1 at Regular Price $20 (Day Of)
Workshops & Panels
Workshop Price Range $75 - $150
Auditor Fee (non participating) $20
Buy a Workshop, Audit Another FREE
Audit 5 Workshops, 6th Audit FREE
Panel Fee $10