John Leguizamo, LynnMarie Rink, Ann Morrison and More Take 2012 United Solo Awards
Best in Social Networking for "Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned" by Jose Roldan Jr.
First Sold-Out Show for "Bully" by Lee J. Kaplan
Audience Award for Anita Hollander in "Still Standing"
United Solo is not only thriving but also gaining in popularity. During its six?week run, the festival sold out thirty-four shows and attracted widespread media interest. Distinguished guests included Oscar nominee John Guare, who opened the festival with his remarks, Golden Globe Award winner and Oscar nominee Marsha Mason, Primetime Emmy and Tony Award winner Cherry Jones, Stella Adler Studio instructors Joanne Edelmann and Alice Saltzman, renowned writer and actor Taylor Negron, and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch members Regina Advento, Pablo Aran Gimeno, Daphnis Kokkinos, and Jorge Puerta Armenta.
The festival's mission is to unite people from around the world, celebrate multicultural diversity, and support the theatrical community. Each season, United Solo collects donations for The Actors Fund, an organization that supports entertainment professionals in need. At the closing ceremony this year, David Engelman, director of communications and marketing for The Actors Fund, received a check of one thousand two hundred and six dollars on behalf of the organization. The reception that followed the ceremony provided artists and guests with the opportunity to exchange ideas, engage creatively with one another, and enjoy a mutual appreciation for the theatre arts. In the future, United Solo will continue to build a community of people drawn to solo performance and to welcome local and international productions alike.