United Solo Festival - EVERYONE'S A HERO WITH SOMEBODY ELSE'S TIT this October
Everyone's a Hero With Somebody Else's Tit will have its World Premiere at the 8th Annual United Solo festival on Sunday, October 8 at 6:00 pm.
The solo-show is written and directed by Kiara Pipino who is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at King's University in Tennessee. Pipino's previous United Solo credits include the 2015 production of Clytemnestra which she directed and adapted from the classical myth of Clytemnestra. The production stars Bevin Bell-Hall whose recent credits include Theater for the New City's Grand Theft Musical. Jason Flannery serves as dramaturg.
Your checklist when you turn 40: 1. Mammogram? Check. 2. Breast cancer? Check. .... Wait, what? Oh *%^$&#@(!@($&%*!!!!!! Everyone's a Hero With Somebody Else's Tit is one woman's journey through a tough moment, involving some crying, some laughing, some people trying to help, others just driving you nuts... and fortunately with a happy ending.
Writer/director Pipino who started to write as a coping mechanism discussed her journey, "It all happened by chance. If I hadn't done a mammogram, I'm not sure what would have happened. I ran a half marathon on December 10th and was diagnosed on December 12th. I was in the best of shape! I have always been a very healthy, I eat right, don't smoke, so when that "thing" happened to me I was just really shocked and of course, then came a flood of tears."
Pipino who is now cancer free went on to say, "I'd like the monologue to raise awareness about screenings. They're annoying, time consuming and all, but... hey, look at me. I am also trying to de-demonize breast cancer. It's not a fun ride, for sure, but if you catch it early it resolves quite easily and quickly. I had surgery on December 30th, had radiation for 10 days in February, and I was done. Again, I was lucky. But still, doctors know how to treat breast cancer. Hence: get screenings!"
Performance takes place at Theatre Row/Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues), New York, NY 10036. Subways: A/C/E to 42nd Street. Tickets are of $35.00 and are available at the Theatre Row Box Office or at http://unitedsolo.org/us/everyonesahero-2017 - or by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200. Running time: 40 minutes.
More info is available at www.unitedsolo.org/us
United Solo, the world's largest solo theatre festival, is proud to present their 8th season at Theatre Row in the heart of New York City's theatre district. Since its inaugural year, United Solo has featured nearly 800 theatre productions from all over the world. This season, performers from six continents will present their unique works between September, 14 and November, 19, 2017.
Kiara Pipino (Playwright/Director) has collaborated with Playwrights Horizons and is the Artistic Director of the Festival Internazionale Valle Christi in Italy. Directing credits include Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It, Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Unseen, The How and the Why, The Understudy, and Indoor/Outdoor. Education: BFA Architecture, University of Genoa, Italy, Graduated Magna Cum Laude; Ph.D. Architecture for Performance, University of Genoa, Italy, 2002. Dissertation thesis on Site Specific Theatre; MFA Directing, University of Arkansas, 2012. Dissertation theses: direction of Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka. www.kiarapipino.com
Bevin Bell-Hall (Actor) recently played Sherry the Newsette, a tap dancing, high kicking spy in Theater for the New City's Grand Theft Musical. Select New York Theatre credits include, Speakeasy (Theatre for the New City), Swingtime Canteen (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Little is Big (Puppeteer/Shadowbox Theatre). MFA in Acting at Wayne State University. www.bevinbellhall.com
Jason Flannery (Dramaturg) received a MFA in Directing at Lindenwood University. He has collaborated with Kiara Pipino on numerous plays including Bard To Go Puzzle the Will, which toured Europe in 2014, and Clytemnestra at the 2015 United Solo Festival.