BUBBA to Play United Solo Festival at Theatre Row, 10/25
BUBBA, a new solo play by Alabama native Michael Thomas Walker, will be presented at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row Studios (410 West 42nd St, NYC) on October 25, 2012, at 7:30pm.
Inspired by true events, BUBBA is the story of Michael Thomas Walker's searching to find out who his father was and how he died. The play opens in the Deep South and through the use of slides, the audience is taken on a journey into the good-ole-boy days of Huntsville, Alabama. The play then episodically moves from one year to another as the audience learns about Michael’s father, Joe D. Walker Jr. A survivor of polio at age 2, the play explores Joe's incarceration for embezzling $181,000 from the probate judge, his need to be well-liked, and his discovery that the polio has returned. The story is told through multiple characters: everything from a one-eyed womanizing party animal to Aunt B, the cancer-ridden, chain-smoking, keeper of the secrets.
The play is written and performed by Michael Thomas Walker (Boardwalk Empire, Hairspray National Tour and Walnut Street (Edna), Seussical The Musical National Tour (Horton)) and directed by Melissa Firlit (FringeNYC, Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival, FringeEdinburgh, DreamUP Festival).
Tickets priced at $18 are available through Telecharge (212.239.6200 and telecharge.com), and in person at the Theatre ROW Box Office. For the full list of performers, the Festival Schedule and more information about United Solo shows, go to www.unitedsolo.org and click “ufest.”
BUBBA had a workshop presentation at Rutgers University in March of 2012.
United Solo Festival is the world’s largest solo theatre festival, established in 2010 at Theatre ROW on 42nd Street in Manhattan, has grown to more than twice its original size. One hundred solo productions will be presented between October 11 and November 18, 2012, among them fifteen shows by artists who successfully performed at the United Solo Festival in the past.