My one-woman show “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.
The show is made up of four monologues. You can click on the names to read the short story that inspired them — except for “Talk,” which was written especially for the show:
- 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.
Check out a video of me performing “Something Inside that Head of Yours”
The show premiered at the Art House Productions’ So Low Theater Festival in Jersey City where it was the top-selling show. It was also featured at the Jersey City, Land of the Freeform Festival in 2012. In February 2013, it was one of the opening acts for Grammy- and Tony-nominated writer Reg E. Gaines’s solo show, “The Last Celebrity.” The finale monologue, “Senses,” was be part of the Tri-State Arts and Music Festival in Hoboken in May 2013 and the Tachair One-Act Play Festival in Jersey City in February 2014. The entire piece was most recently performed at the Digable Arts Festival in Hoboken in October 2013.
Here is a video promo with an excerpt from “Senses,” starring myself and Life Eaters bassist John Feuerbach. Video by Brett Wilshe.
The Jersey City Independent: The Power of One: SO LOW Theater Festival Brings Solo Dramas, Comedies to the Stage
The Examiner: “Kookspeak” by Summer Dawn Hortillosa performs at the So Low Theater Festival
The Examiner: ‘Kookspeak,’ 9/27 @ 8pm & 9/29 @10:30pm, at Art House Productions
The Jersey Journal: SO LOW Theater Festival in Jersey City features ‘Kookspeak’ and other work
Broadway World: Digable Arts Festival to Present KOOKSPEAK, 10/12-13
New Jersey Stage: “KOOKSPEAK” ONE-WOMAN SHOW MAKING HOBOKEN DEBUT
Riverview Observer: ‘Kookspeak’ One-Woman Show Making Hoboken Debut
Hoboken Patch: Independent DIY-Themed Arts Festival Returns to Hoboken
NJ.com: Finnegan’s, Hoboken’s newest pub, has music on the menu (mention)
The Jersey Journal: Kooky and quirky, Hortillosa brings her one-woman show to Hoboken
Dislocations (blog): Tachair Bookshoppe’s First Annual Play Festival (review, “Senses” only)