SOLOFEST 2021, the second largest solo festival in the United States, continues to celebrate its tenth anniversary with 19 shows, premieres and audience favorites, streaming in February from the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California.February streaming shows include:February 4 at 7:00 pm GERONIMO Life on the Reservation The well-received solo show written by Janelle Meraz Hooper, directed by Steve Railsback, and performed by veteran actor Rudy Ramos (Yellowstone) a seldom told story of the last 23 years of the great Apache leader as a POW on the Fort Sill Indian Reservation.February 6 at 7:00 pm - DARE TO CLAIM THE SKY written and performed by Sharon Williams, directed by Christine Sumpton, an exploration of Sharon coming to grips with who she is in the constant battle of being beat-down by systemic racism.February 11 at 7:00 pm FERTILE. A Conversation About the Expectation of Procreation, award-winning solo show, written and performed by Heather Dowling, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. Jennys pregnancy test results keep coming back negative, when she runs into real problems and must look within to discover what motherhood and fertility mean to her.February 13 at 7:00 pm - WILD SON: The Testimony of Christian Brando Performed by John Mese, written and directed by Champ Clark, drawn from taped interviews conducted with Clark and Brandos troubled son, ChristianFebruary 14 at 6:00 pm - MA'S KITCHEN written and performed by Maeria Paez, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, an Italian mother who invites you to her dinner party to celebrate her daughter, shares ingredients for a flavorful life.February 15 at 7:00 pm - SHDEE Written and performed by G. Smokey Campbell, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, a dramedy about Nick Niles, an innocent activist who was wrongfully imprisoned on the SHDEE Prison Farm. February 16 at 7:00 pm - I CAN'T INDIAN GOOD written and performed by Brandon Raman, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson When a first-generation Indian-American cannot understand what makes him Indian it takes a visit by imaginary ancestors to help him figure it out.February 17 at 7:00 pm SHATTERED written and performed by Diana Varco, developed and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, A fast-paced, comedic and heartbreakingly raw solo show about dating, dysfunction, and sexual devastation - told through the voices of 35 characters. February 18 at 7:00 pm - ODYSSEY Race and Racism written and performed by Levy Lee Simon, directed by Juliette Jeffers. Playwright, actor, screenwriter Levy Lee Simon, takes us on a personal odyssey dealing with racism experienced as a Black man in America, stories from his parents about growing up in the Jim Crow south, to his own stories growing up in Harlem USA.February 19 at 7:00 pm - LOVE, LOCS AND LIBERATION written and performed by Ella Turrene, directed by Kathryn Ervyn. From rituals that Black women hold in relation with their hair to her experience as an American woman with strong ties to her Haitian culture, Ella blends poetry, song and humor through the eyes of 21 different charactersFebruary 20 at 7:00 pm - TIGHT Sexy Stories About Pelvic Pain written and performed by Becky Feldman, directed by Courtney Davis Sex was unbearable during her 20s due to a pelvic pain disorder; in her 30s Becky finds herself in over her head in a nerve-racking journey to get laid!February 21 at 7:00 pm - CONFLICT ZONE: A Dramedy on Mental Health and Other Wars, written and performed by Israeli/American artist Leahy Ardon (Ish-Shalom), this story of eating disorder recovery takes you on a ride through laughter and tears, food for thought with room for hope. February 23 at 7:00 pm - BACCALAUREATE written, performed and directed by Saurabh Kikani. When a painfully shy 16 year-old Saurabh Kikani went to Oxford University for a high school summer program, he saw the movie Mission: Impossible which changed his life forever. February 24 at 7:00 pm THE BOOK THAT WONT CLOSE, Confessions of a LoveAddict written and performed by TL Forsberg, directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, follows a bi-culturally fluid Deaf woman through a series of bad relationships, a dark comedy that includes music, dance, video projection and sign languageFebruary 25 at 6:00 pm - EMBRACE/LOVE/FREE written and performed by Justin Sandler, developed and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, tells his dramatic tale about his cancer journey through music, comedy, and poetry in a multi-media, multi-character, one-man show. February 26 at 7:00 pm - WILD AT HART: A Tale of Trauma and Triumph. Written and performed by Kamakshi Hart, developed and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. A heroine's journey to self-actualization and wholeness through the lens of spiritual discovery and soul.February 27 at 7:00 pm - CRY FOR WOLF written and performed by Ruthie Danziger, developed and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. This show is a multimedia, multiple character, multi art tale of love and loss. Healing from trauma and grief comes in many forms. Sometimes, by swinging high on a trapeze towards the sky.February 28 at 1:00 pm - JUDGMENT DAY Written and performed by Juliette Jeffers, directed by Denise Dowse. African Americans have been struggling since the first slaves were brought to the United States in 1619. From Nat Turner to George Floyd, the struggle continues. Juliette Jeffers brings twenty characters to life in this thought- provoking piece.February 28 at 6:00 pm - FOREVER BROOKLYN performed by Danny DeTorrice, written and directed by Mark Wesley Curran. A Jewish-American comic recounts his life growing up in Brooklyn during the 50s 60s through song, dialogue and comedy; a coming-of-age story about dreams, family, and a way of life thats been all but forgotten in this modern age.All shows are available on demand for 48 hours. Tickets are $15.99. Buy tickets and for information visit www.whitefiretheatre.com or call 818-687-8559.
Ages: Varies per show
News About SOLOFEST 2021 - February at Whitefire Theatre
BWW Interview: Playwright and Actor Sarah Hunter on Why DOGS ARE BETTER THAN PEOPLE
January 24, 2021
Dogs Are Better Than People, written and performed by Sarah Hunter, and developed and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, is an eccentric romp through drinking, bad men, and fabulous dogs who each tell Sarah’s story. But why, you may ask, does Sarah Hunter truly believe that Dogs are better than people? I spoke with her to find out
Whitefire Theatre's Solofest Streams DOGS ARE BETTER THAN PEOPLE
January 09, 2021
Dogs Are Better Than People, written and performed by Sarah Hunter and developed & directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson. Dogs Are Better Than People is an eccentric romp through drinking, bad men, and fabulous dogs who each tell Sarah’s story. Talking dogs!
Whitefire Theatre Presents WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? A Pandemic Cabaret
December 10, 2020
Whitefire Theatre presents a new musical entertainment from actor-vocalist-keyboardist-playwright-composer-lyricist Ana Guigui, Where Do We Go from Here? A Pandemic Cabaret. Its song cycle spans a number of genres, from pop to blues to tango and more.