soloNOVA Arts Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama, Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

terraNOVA Collective
401 W. 24th Street, No. 8
New York, New York 10011 USA
Phone: 212-352-3101 (TheaterMania)

Festival Description

The terraNOVA Collective presents its annual celebration of solo performers with the soloNOVA Arts Festival. The soloNOVA Arts Festival is the premier festival for solo performers in New York City. The 8th annual festival will feature comedy, dance theatre, storytelling, music, theatrical mockumentary, puppetry, multimedia, and spoken word.

The festival celebrates innovative individuals who push the boundaries of what it means to be an artist, aims to redefine the solo form and uniquely invigorates the audience through the time-honored tradition of storytelling. This year, eight performers round out the mainstage offerings.

“Every year we feel the festival gets a little sharper,” Lead Curator James Carter said. “We’re presenting two world premiers along with first time shows to our festival. The line up has never been stronger.”

Festival Dates May 23 - June 2, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
    Written & performed by Michael Milligan
    Directed by Tom Oppenheim
    • Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the fourth of July and his wife Jane. But when his wife is diagnosed with cancer and loses her insurance, his patriotic feelings for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down.
      Thursday, May 23rd - 7pm
      Saturday, May 25th - 1pm
      Friday, May 31st - 9pm
    Written & performed by Kelly Kinsella
    Written & Directed by Padraic Lillis
    World Premiere
    • Kelly is back! This time she will show us…wait…what is Kelly doing? In her own unique way, Kelly Kinsella will probably tell us how to do a one person show, but will no doubt reveal a lot more. Hysterical. Tangential. Insightful. Kelly Kinsella does Kelly Kinsella.
      Thursday, May 23rd - 9pm
      Saturday, May 25th - 3pm
      Friday, May 31st - 7pm
  • Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE, the solo show
    Songs written and performed by Diana Oh
    Directed by Leta Tremblay
    • 1/2 concert, 1/3 dance party, 1/3 playtime, 1/3 you’re not gonna stay in your seats, 1/3 no bullshit. The math is right. Don’t overthink it. “You’re the whole package. Song writing is amazing. Voice is out of this world. The most important thing to me is the live show and your show is electric and intimate and HUGE,” - Christopher Gabriel Nuñez.
      Friday, May 24th - 7pm
      Sunday, May 26th - 1pm
      Thursday, May 30th - 9pm
    Written & performed by Desi Moreno-Penson
    Directed by Jose Zayas
    • Two women. Two stories. One Actress. Watch stereotypes get blown to smithereens as Desi Moreno-Penson gets even in the audition room and agrees to have a threesome.
      Friday, May 24th - 9pm
      Sunday, May 26th - 3pm
      Thursday, May 30th - 7pm
    Written & Performed by Andrea Alton
    Directed by Molly Marinik
    Producer – Irwin Kroot
    Choreography - John Paolillo
    Costume Designer - Anthony Catanzaro
    Sound Designer – David Crabb
    • Molly “Equality” Dykeman is a loveable, but barely lucid security guard at PS 339 who dabbles in a bit of poetry, a bit of Percocet and a lot of drink. She may be a foul mouthed, straight talking, lady kissing, mother lover, but she still needs to find a way to pull herself together, overcome bed bugs, love and sissy kids to perform in her first poetry show. Will she succeed? Only Molly can tell…
      “A fucking riot!!! Like all good comedy, it makes you laugh and feel uncomfortable at the same time — a real feat. Molly for Lez-ident!” - Village Voice, Michael Musto
      Saturday, May 25th - 7pm
      Tuesday, May 28th - 9pm
      Saturday, June 1st - 3pm
    Written & performed by Dacyl Acevedo
    Directed by Jo Cattell
    Collaborator Tamilla Woodard
    Photographer, Illustrator, Costume Designer - Heather Anderson
    World Premiere
    • Unemployment and the adventure begins! On a journey into the unknown, Dacyl Acevedo has to dodge through booby-trapped interviews, face demons of her employment past, hold tight to her dream while surviving the economic crash. Will Work For is a farcical and satirical journey into the new world of work and tells of how one person is surviving.
      Saturday, May 25th - 9pm
      Tuesday, May 28th - 7pm
      Saturday, June 1st - 1pm
  • WIGGERLOVER [whiteboy+blackdad=greyareas]
    Written & performed by James Anthony Zoccoli
    Deejay & Sound Design by Gregor Mortis
    Projections & Lighting Design by Elizabeth Boros-Kazai
    NYC Premiere
    • Chicagoland, 1979: In this too-good-to-be-true story of one boy’s life in an interracial family, James Anthony Zoccoli recalls growing up as a half-Italian, half-Polish kid who wants to be Black when his White mom marries an African-American man. Hilarity ensues!
      “Deftly strikes a wonderful balance of hilarious-meets-poignant.”- Chicago Theatre Blog
      Wednesday, May 29th - 7pm
      Saturday, June 1st - 9pm
      Sunday, June 2nd - 1pm
    Presented by The Movement Theatre Company
    Written & performed by Eric Lockley
    Directed by Jonathan McCrory
    • “Think Spike Lee directing The Incredible Afro-Hulk from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, and you get a sense of the inner transformations and character mutations that Lockley performs in his 60 minutes on stage.” Says Daniel Lehman, Backstage, as Eric Lockley reprises his sold-out soloNOVA show exploring if laughter is the best medicine.
      Wednesday, May 29th - 9pm
      Saturday, June 1st - 7pm
      Sunday, June 2nd - 3pm


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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • 2011 soloNOVA Arts Festival, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett in And Stockings for the Ladies, Photo Credit SGPhotos
    • 2011 soloNOVA Arts Festival, Charlotte Bydwell in Woman of Leisure and Panic, Photo credit Matt Sundin
    • JOBZ, Joseph Keckler
    • POLANSKI, POLANSKI, Grant Neale
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    New York, NY 10009
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