Bob Brader's PREPARATION HEX Comes to United Solo Festival, 10/21-29

September 25
5:43 PM 2012


John Montgomery Theatre Company (JMTC) presents acclaimed New York monologist Bob Brader's Preparation Hex at The United Solo Theatre Festival. From the creators of the multi-award-winning Spitting In The Face Of The Devil, a hit in last year's Canadian and US Fringe Circuits and in New York City and hailed by critics as "brilliant", "masterful" and "unforgettable."

Bob presented Spitting In The Face Of The Devil in the Inaugural United Solo Theatre Festival, where he won the Award for Best Script. In addition it is the Winner of "Best Show of The London Fringe" from The Beat Arts in London, Winner of "Fringe Hit" at The Atlantic Fringe, Winner of "Pick of The Fringe" at The Victoria Fringe Festival and Winner of "Best of the Fest" from The San Francisco Fringe Festival. Bob is excited to return to United Solo as an Encore Performer with his new show, Preparation Hex, October 21-29, 2012.

Love is not the only ring of fire. This hemorrhoid tale and love story is New York monologist Bob Brader's comic odyssey to get the girl and live to love her. Directed and developed by Suzanne Bachner, Preparation Hex debuted at The FRIGID New York Festival, then played at The Director's Studio and at The London Fringe.

JMTC's 2012 Summer Tour of Preparation Hex included The Regina Fringe Festival, The Winnipeg Fringe Festival and The Calgary Fringe Festival. Bob, Suzanne and JMTC were thrilled to donate a portion of the box office proceeds to the Canadian child sexual abuse prevention organization, Little Warriors, with whom they have partnered for the past three seasons.

Preparation Hex is published by Indie Theater Now. Lighting Design is by Christopher Renda, Video Production by Shar Adrias and Graphic Design by Michael Koch.

The United Solo Theatre Festival presents Preparation Hex in two Encore performances at Theatre Row Studio Theatre, located at 410 West 42nd Street, bet. 9th and 10th Avenues. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at or by calling 212.239.6200. Preparation Hex is 60 minutes and is performed without an intermission. For more information, photos and a 60-second teaser trailer, visit and

Performances dates and times are as follows: Sunday, October 21 at 6pm Monday, October 29 at 6pm.

United Solo is a New York-based partnership of theatre makers dedicated to the genre of one-person performance. Our goal is to present solo pieces, both local and international; discover original scripts; bring creators together; exchange perspectives; assemble performers, companies, and institutions, as well as other activities related to solo performance. We believe the single person on stage gives us the opportunity to connect and focus on the uniqueness of human being. Through the exploration of existential themes, solo artists reflect upon political, sexual, economical, religious, and social diversity. This diversity unites us all in a constellation of unique solos.

Bob Brader's Spitting In The Face Of The Devil, Bob's acclaimed monologue, won "Best Show of The London Fringe" from The Beat, Art in London, "Fringe Hit" in The Atlantic Fringe, Winner of "Pick of the Fringe" at The Victoria Fringe Festival, Winner of "Best of the Fringe" at The San Francisco Fringe and "Best Script" in The Inaugural United Solo Theatre Festival, NYC. It was also presented in The 2009 New York International Fringe Festival, where it was picked up for The Garage Theatre Group's SoloFest 2010. It was the featured theatrical event and a crowd favorite, sold-out show in the InaugurAl Woodstock Memoir Festival, which was headlined by the McCourt Brothers-Frank, Alphie and Malachy. Previously, Spitting In The Face Of The Devil ran for three months at The Red Room as a Horse Trade co-production and played to a standing room only crowd at The Fletcher Gallery in Woodstock, NY. Bob made his international debut at the London Fringe Festival with his 2nd solo show, Preparation Hex, a hemorrhoid tale and love story, which premiered in the 2nd annual FRIGID New York Festival. He was in the original cast of We Call Her Benny, the revival of Sex Ed and played Parker Lyman in the five-month run of BITE with the John Montgomery Theatre Company, for which he is Executive Director. Other New York Theatre credits include Bryan Enk and Matt Gray's supernatural theatrical serial, Penny Dreadful, at The Brick Theater (Teddy Roosevelt) and numerous DMTheatrics' productions: Girls School Vampire, Bitch Macbeth, Who in the Hell is the Real Live Lorelei Lee? and Antony and Cleopatra (Caesar, OOBR Award). His plays are published on Indie Theater Now. Bob trained with the Stella Adler Conservatory at The Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild.

Suzanne Bachner Suzanne is thrilled to be the director and developer of Bob Brader's acclaimed solo shows, Spitting In The Face Of The Devil and Preparation Hex. Playwriting: her award-winning play, Circle, ran for five months Off Broadway, was performed nationally, optioned for production in Australia and called "ingenious" by The New York Times. Playwriting and directing: a six month run of her cult hit, Icons & Outcasts; a five month run of her choose-your-own adventure comedy, BITE, both in New York City and her celebrated memoir play, We Call Her Benny, which Broadway World called "the future of theatre". Directing: Frank D. Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses at The Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles and the short film, Jennifer Monroe, P.I., a finalist in Flicks on 66. Her work has been seen at PS NBC@HERE, The Duplex, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The National Arts Club, The Michael Weller Theatre, Boston Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage in Portland, OR and 20th Century Fox at the Coronet Theater in LA, among others. Suzanne studied playwriting with Romulus Linney and Adrienne Kennedy and holds an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School. She just completed a 15-month writing and directing commission and artistic residency in San Diego, CA for New Village Arts Theatre culminating in the world premiere of her new play, Brilliant Mistake, which The Coast News called "A stroke of pure genius!" Some of Suzanne's plays are published on Indie Theater Now. She is a four-time OOBR Award-winner, a Resident Artist Emeritus at The Actors Institute and Horse Trade and a member of The Dramatists Guild.

John Montgomery Theatre Company (JMTC) is a NYC-based international collective of actors, writers, directors and designers creating original dramatic work with an emphasis on the collaborative process. Founded in London, England in 1994 by Patrick Hillan, JMTC has produced over 50 productions in New York City, worked with over 100 incredible theater artists and consumed 1,000's of post-show pints! Past productions include the award-winning Off Broadway hit, Circle, by Suzanne Bachner, directed by Trish Minskoff; Thom Fudal's daring production of Shakespeare's Othello starring Patrick Hillan and Geoffrey Owens; Bob Brader's acclaimed solo show, Spitting In The Face Of The Devil and Suzanne Bachner's celebrated memoir play, We Call Her Benny. JMTC has presented work at PSNBC@HERE and 20th Century Fox at the Coronet Theater in LA, The Duplex, The National Arts Club, Flicks on 66 Wild West Digital Shootout (Finalist), the first-ever and 2nd annual FRIGID New York Festival, the Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival (Best of the Fest) and The London Fringe Festival, among many others. JMTC ran its own unique "white box" theater space in Chelsea for four years, has received four OOBR Awards and is a Veteran Resident Emeritus at Horse Trade.

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