Local Performance Artist Presents Bawdy Solo Performance About Infertility At Eclipse Theatre

Local Performance Artist Presents Bawdy Solo Performance About Infertility At Eclipse Theatre

In Inconceivable: And Other Absurdities, Ohio-based performance artist Danielle Mari channels more than a dozen characters as she guides the audience through her twisted fallopian tubes in the true story of her quest to become a mother. Danielle Mari performs her solo show for one night only at 8pm on Saturday, August 5 at the Eclipse Theatre, 670 Lakeview Plaza Blvd, Suite F Worthington, OH before heading off for a three-night run at the St. Louis Fringe Festival. Tickets for the Ohio show are pay-what-you-will, with all proceeds benefitting Eclipse Theatre, eclipsetheatrecompany.org. Seating is limited, so reserving a spot is highly recommended through Eventbrite at tiny.cc/inconceivableoh.

Danielle Mari's Inconceivable! And Other Absurdities returns to Ohio after playing at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre and at the Columbus Civic Theater. This one-woman show traces the bizarre, poignant, and often bawdy adventures in infertility as told by the proud owner of a Picasso-esque reproductive system. The journey includes teams of doctors, a chorus of well-meaning friends extolling the virtues of "just forgetting about it," and a pair of very naughty puppets. This aerobic romp through the ins and outs of baby-making speaks to anyone who has, in the attempt to attain a dream - little by little - found herself acting like a crazy person.

Theatre Vault reviewer Anne Grove describes the show as "pithy and passionate storytelling at its most gusty level: sharp, engaging, and energetic... And really, who knew a chair could be such a funny, funky, sexy prop?" Columbus audience members' comments characterize the show as "fearless," "universal," and "a story of redemption flawlessly executed."

Danielle Mari's Inconceivable: And Other Absurdities will be featured as part of the St Lou Fringe Festival August 18, 19, and 20. St Lou Fringe is an open - access network that supports independent producers in bringing their projects to the stage in the city of St Louis. Content, themes, and matters explored in this show are the discretion of the producing company, and are not administered by St Lou Fringe. For more info: www.stlouis fringe.com.

ABOUT THE PERFORMER: Danielle Mari worked extensively in the Chicago theatre scene for fifteen years with companies including the Second City National Touring Company, Vitalist Theatre, Infamous Commonwealth, BackStage Theatre, the Blue Rider, Theatre Katabasis, and Victory Gardens. Since moving to Ohio, she has directed for the Opera Project Columbus (assistant), Raconteur Ensemble, Rosebriar Shakespeare, and Curtain Players. Danielle has also appeared on stage with Rosebriar, Raconteur, Eclipse Theatre, Evolution Theatre Company, Available Light Theatre and Columbus Civic Theater. She teaches Theatre and Language Arts at Village Academy Schools, where she is the proud Thespian director for troupe 6116. She holds her Master's in Theatre Arts from Northwestern University and her BA in Theatre and English/Writing from Knox College.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Prior to moving to Ohio, Zeke Rettman lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1996 as an actor, and as a director and producer for live theatre. He won the 2009 NAACP Award for his direction of Ragtime at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. In 2012 and 2013 respectively he won acting awards at the IFS Film Festival for lead actor and through the National Film Challenge for ensemble. For his direction of live stage he has received "Critics Choice" and "Pick of the Week" nods from the LA Times and LA Weekly. As a commercial voice over actor he has been heard in over 100 television and radio commercials. Zeke served as The Managing Director of the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood for 15 years helping to elevate its status to one of LA's top intimate theatres. He continues to work as a consultant with the Hudson Theatres. Locally, Zeke serves as the Executive Director for Opera Project Columbus and teaches Theatre Arts and Improvisation in the Arts Conservatory at Village Academy in Powell, OH.

ABOUT ST LOU FRINGE: St Lou Fringe bolsters cultural identity in St Louis by providing a support structure to connect independent performing arts with accessible, affordable showcase settings for brave artists bold audiences. Fringe showcases theatre and dance, storytelling and spoken word, burlesque and acrobatics, visual art and more in a one-of-a-kind pressure-cooker of artistic expression. St Lou Fringe has been named "Best Theatre Festival" and "Best Theatre Surprise" by the Riverfront Times, one of "Nine Intriguing US Fringe Festivals" by CNN, and one of "Fifty Essential Summer Festivals" by the New York Times. The 2017 Fringe Festival is August 17 - 26th in Grand Center. For more information: www.stlouisfringe.com.

ABOUT ECLIPSE THEATRE: The vision of Eclipse Theatre Company is to offer theatrical opportunities that will thrill audiences and stretch boundaries as we match the talents of the wonderful actors and technicians of Columbus with the amazing works of many of the world's finest playwrights. Our mission is to provide an educational setting for anyone wishing to become involved in theatre, onstage or off, as we explore the human experience and promote enlightenment, inclusion and understanding through exciting, quality entertainment. For more information, contact Greg Smith at greg.smith@eclipsetheatrecompany.org

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