Mono a Mono with Douglas Taurel and Mary Dimino

Mon, 25 May 2015 // 07:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Mono a Mono is a solo performance salon where two artists pair up to share an evening based on a common theme and the audience is invited into a conversation on the work.

This month: a special Memorial Day Mono a Mono with outstanding performers Douglas Taurel and Mary Dimino!

Tickets: $12 at the door.


Mary Dimino, an award-winning comedian and writer, performs "Big Dummy: Me & My Old Man". In the piece, Dimino recalls her father's simple philosophy on life, which she later interpreted to be a cross between Forrest Gump and Aristotle. The comedian explores what it was like being raised by a special needs dad, along with her own desires to go to college and avoid the stereotypical careers of the time. This powerful one-woman show uses humor to discover the heart in a loving family. Big Dummy is the winner of the United Solo Award of Theatre Row.

Douglas Taurel performs "The American Soldier". The piece reveals the struggles American soldiers face at war and their internal struggles to come back home. It is based on real stories and accounts from soldiers’ letters written from the American Revolution through current day Afghanistan. The show strives to help us understand how and why it is so difficult for men and women in the armed services to re-enter our pedestrian life when they come home. It honors and exposes their flaws, their scars, their families and spirits with both humor and darkness.

About the performers:

Douglas Taurel (writer/performer) is originally from Texas. He attended the University of Mississippi better known as Ole Miss. He has trained with legendary acting teacher Wynn Handman, and has worked and studied with renowned artists such as Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Marian Seldes and Edward Albee. He recently appeared in The Cobbler, directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman and has had Guest-Star appearances on Nurse Jackie, The Americans, Damages, NYC 22, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Following, Believe and The Culture of Silence which was a PBS Award Winning Series. On stage he performed Lee & Austin in True West where he reversed the roles at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received 5 stars. Other roles include Paddy in The Hairy Ape and George in Of Mice and Men.

Mary Dimino (writer/performer) is a Fringe NYC Outstanding Solo Show Award Winner for her critically acclaimed sold out hit Scared Skinny. She has been described as "riotously funny" by The Wall Street Journal, "utterly captivating" by, and "a born ranconteur with exuberance and heart" by Curtain Up. Her book, Scared Skinny No More, based on her original autobiographical solo show, Scared Skinny, was recently released by Sunbury Press and debuted as #10 on their bestseller list. A 2010 MAC Award winner for Outstanding Female Comedian, author and actress Mary Dimino also won a 2008 Gracie Allen Award for the PBS documentary, Fat, What No One is Telling You and was featured on NBC’s Today Show. TV appearances include the new FOX series Laughs, HBO's The Chris Rock Show, Comedy Central, VH-1, American Movie Classics, New York Undercover, The Graham Norton Effect and in sketches on Late Shows with both David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. A regular on the national comedy club circuit, her engagements include Stand Up New York, Caesar's Palace, The Improv and The World Famous Laugh Factory. Also a regular member of the renowned, all female comedy troupe The Italian Chicks, Mary has opened for Janeane Garofalo and Kevin Meaney on Comedy Central. On stage she played the Maid of Honor in Tony and Tina’s Wedding and Carmella in the Off-Broadway musical, Surprise. Her latest solo show BIG DUMMY, made its world debut to a sold out run at The Player's Theatre in August 2013 in The New York International Fringe Festival. In 2014, BIG DUMMY enjoyed a sold out run on Theatre Row, where it was the winner of a United Solo Award.

Nancy Kelly (producer/host) is a theater artist and educator who has produced, directed and performed extensively in San Francisco and New York City at such venues as Theater for a New City, Red Room, Bowery Poetry Club, The Cell, Union Hall, Theater Artaud, and ODC Gallery. She directed ‘Meet John W.T.O.’ which won a ‘Best of Fringe’ award at the San Francisco Fringe Festival and is a member of the Brass Tacks Theatre Collective. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has been on the faculty of St. Francis College and New York City College of Technology.