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My Year of Saying No at Cook Theatre

Dates: (6/5/2024 - 6/8/2024 )


Cook Theatre

Black Hat Productions

5555 North Tamiami Trail

Phone: 941-351-8000

Tickets: 13.50

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"My Year of Saying No" is a true story that delves into the journey of reclaiming one's voice. In a world that often demands compliance and silence, Creneti reaches a breaking point after years of saying "yes" to everyone else's needs. Fueled by a desire for authenticity, she embarks on a radical experiment during the pandemic: saying "no" to anything that doesn't align with her true self. As she navigates relationships, work, and personal growth, Creneti discovers the power of boundaries and the freedom of honoring her voice.

The Squeaky Wheel Fringe Festival celebrates performance in all its unfiltered forms at the Cook Theatre within the Asolo Repertory Theatre. As part of this inclusive and accepting artistic environment, "My Year of Saying No" stands out as a beacon of resilience and hope.

Creneti's story mirrors the struggles faced by many—especially women—who grapple with societal expectations, burnout, and the fear of disappointing others. Through humor, heartache, and poignant moments, the play explores vulnerability as a source of empowerment. Audiences are invited to reflect on their own lives and consider where they can reclaim agency.

"My Year of Saying No" creatively uses multimedia and Creneti's body to depict different characters. Each character adds depth and personality to the narrative, from Patriarchy to Perfection, Zoom to Janice's Body, and even the ethereal COVID herself. By giving them voices and physicality, Creneti sheds light on individuals' struggles navigating societal norms.


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