Unattended Baggage Presents the NYC Return of I'M SMILING BECAUSE I'M UNCOMFORTABLE

Unattended Baggage Presents the NYC Return of I'M SMILING BECAUSE I'M UNCOMFORTABLE

I'm Smiling Because I'm Uncomfortable will premiere in kitchens in Brooklyn and Manhattan on Friday, May 18th; Saturday, May 19th; Friday, May 25th; and Saturday, May 26th. There will be two showings a night at 7pm and 9pm. The show runs fifty minutes. The address for the show will be released upon ticket purchase; tickets are $15. The play is written and performed by Emma Howard, and directed by Sean Pollock and Hana Mastrogiacomo. Visit unattendedbaggagecompany.com for more information.

Why do we eat? Why do we stop eating? This show is an autobiographical story traveling from early childhood experiences of queerness and lessons on body image, to a college eating disorder, to the present challenges of eating and living in a human body.

"I'm so excited to present Emma's story, which is a narrative that's not being told right now, in people's kitchens to create an intimate theatrical experience," Co-Director Sean Pollock remarked as to why the show was being staged in such an unconventional way. "I figured that if we could tell a story about binge eating disorders anywhere, it would be in kitchens - a place so commonly associated with food. Seeing theater in a kitchen is also sort of an uncomfortable experience because it's so unusual, and discomfort is such a central theme of our show."

Sean Pollock (Co-Director) is a multi-disciplinary writer, director, designer, and artist based out of Brooklyn. Recent credits include: Super Short Site Specific Festival, Phantom of the Paradise (Secret Loft), Intimate Bar Plays, #serials(The Flea), A Very...Scientology Pageant: In Concert (54 Below) I'm Smiling Because I'm Uncomfortable (NYC and Touring), Greed Play, This Is A Play About Newscasters. Off-Broadway: Trump Rally (United Solo/Theatre Row). He currently serves as the Literary Associate for The Dirty Blondes and Company Member of Unattended Baggage. Training: Ithaca College, NTI, Directors Lab North, Directors Lab Chicago. www.seanpollock.net insta: @seanzyart

Hana Mastrogiacomo (Co Director) Previous theater credits include The Bed Show, I'm Smiling Because I'm Uncomfortable (NYC), ReEntry Theater Program, Good Boys and True, and Fried Bacon (Ithaca, NY).

Emma Howard (Performer/Playwright) is a writer and performer and a recent graduate from the Experimental Theatre Wing at Tisch. She likes to make work about eating and mental illness. She is interested in one day become a medical and humanitarian clown and using physical comedy to tackle body image issues.



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