Monica Bauer to Bring THE YEAR I WAS GIFTED to Women at Work Festival, Begin. 9/28
Award-winning playwright Monica Bauer (2012 Emerging Playwright Award, Urban Stages) will bring her autobiographical solo show to Stage Left Studio's Women at Work Festival for two performances only, September 28th at 1pm, and October 5th at 4pm. "The Year I Was Gifted" comes directly from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was hailed as "a gorgeous wee gem of a show" (ScotsGay Magazine) and "funny and wrenching...a one-woman tour de force" (lgbt.co.uk). Writing for Broadway World, Scotland, Natalie Donoghue described it as "A one-woman show delivered with passion and enthusiasm...engaging and thought provoking."
The Year I Was Gifted is a gay-straight love story with an unusual New York City hook: it's the journey of a Nebraska scholarship kid at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1969, whose friendship with a young gay composer helps her make the most important decision if her life as an artist. That gay friend was the young Bill Sherwood, who would go on to write and direct one of the landmarks of gay cinema, the 1986 film "Parting Glances," the first realistic portrayal of the Aids epidemic in New York City. This was Sherwood's only film, as he died of Aids in 1990. Bauer brings him back to life in her show, and dedicates her performances to his memory.
Written and performed by playwright Monica Bauer, it is directed by New Haven director and acting coach Carolyn Ladd.
The Year I Was Gifted will be performed at Stage Left Studio's Women at Work Festival on September 28th at 1pm, and October 5th at 4pm. Benefit for Girls Inc.