Mono a Mono

Mon, 30 March 2015 // 07:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Two solo performers pair up to share an evening based on a common theme and the audience is invited into a conversation on the work.

Tickets $12 at the door.

Premiering a new piece, performance artist and monologuist Melissa Shaw explores New York, death, the new age movement, childhood and the unbearable lightness of not being a millennial.

Barbara Kahn, downtown theater maven and recipient of the Torch of Hope Award for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre, will perform an excerpt from CO-OP, winner of the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival "Best Short Play" Award. In CO-OP, Martha, evicted from her home of 28 years by developers who converted the building into co-op apartments, is homeless, yet she faces her new life on the streets with humor, optimism and a will to survive.

Mono a Mono is a solo performance salon where two provocative solo performances with interconnected social themes are performed back to back, in dialogue with each other. Afterwards, the audience is invited into the conversation in a guided discussion with the artists about the themes and issues illuminated by the performances.

Mono a Mono is hosted and curated by Nancy Kelly.

About the artists:

Melissa Shaw: Melissa Shaw is a storyteller and performance artist living in Brooklyn. She has performed at the Moth, the Red Room, Stage Left Studios, Panoply Lab, Jimmy's No 43, the Annoyance Theater, and Cinestories in Williamsburg. She is a big believer in the beautiful mess of talking to living humans in a room.

Barbara Kahn: Barbara Kahn’s plays have been produced in the U.S., France and Germany. She has directed in New York, Paris, and at the National Theatre in London. Theater for the New City has been the primary New York City home for Barbara’s plays since 1994. Among her many awards, she was honored with the Torch of Hope Award for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre. She received the joint 2011 Robert Chesley Playwriting Award/Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in Taos, NM and the James R. Quirk Award for the Performing Arts. With Jackie S. Freeman, she co-authored the lyrics to “Actions are the Music of the Free,” music by Jennifer Giering, performed at the United Nations Tribute to Dame Nita Barrow. Member: The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, 365 Women a Year.