I am pleased to announce that my one-woman show, “Kookspeak,” has been selected for Art House Productions’ inaugural So Low Theater Festival!
“Kookspeak” is a series of monologues from the mouths of people who live inside their heads about everything from delightful death fantasies and gravely serious hand-puppet conversations to the Most Annoying Girl in the World voice and performing at the Grammy’s with your true love, a FIFA World Cup star/YouTube phenomenon.
Ooh, look, it’s a video of me performing “Something Inside that Head of Yours”
I am super excited because this will be my first major theatrical role since 2008 and marks my return to the Art House stage. (When I was 17, I was one of their first Emerging Artists when I directed an offbeat production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” there in 2007.) Also, one of my monologues will use “Under the Great Wave” by The Ugly Club and maybe even photo and film by Brett Wilshe starring myself and a local rockstar (dun-dun-dun!)
My show will run on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 pm and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 pm, at Art House Productions, 1 McWilliams Pl., Jersey City, NJ. The So Low Theater Festival runs Sept. 27-30. Tickets are $6 both online and at the door. For more information, visit http://www.ArtHouseProductions.org.
These are the monologues I will be performing. You can click on the names to read the short story that inspired them — except for “Talk,” which was written especially for the festival:
- Something Inside That Head of Yours: A paranoid whose idea of fun is thinking up wacky ways to die imagines that a young man working at a new bakery is a serial killer, but falls in love with him anyway.
- Totally Engaged: A woman finally meets a man she wants to marry. He’s perfect, except for one little thing – he doesn’t want her, a subtext she “hears” during all their conversations.
- Talk: Street-smart Selena has mastered the Chilltown dating scene with two lethal weapons — the Most Annoying Girl in the World’s voice, and that of the Sexiest Female in the World.
- Senses: A woman’s mischievous mind refuses to let her deny her love for her soulmate, sending her on a journey through different idealized lives with him until the lines between the perfection of reality and of her imagination are blurred.