SOLOFEST 2021

10th ANNIVERSARY

Celebrating the Journey of the Solo Artist

Mar 8 - Mar 27

MEET THE ARTISTS

TL Forsberg

TL Forsberg learned to listen and understand “her truth” writing this show. She decided to consciously speak the show as a way to stand up to the bullying that happens within marginalized communities. Ms. Forsberg hopes that audience will realize there are diverse kinds of Deaf in the world. That living divided really hurts us and we can all begin to love all parts of the self and be more accepting of people of duality. She believes a solo show is an advanced art form and the artist is birthing something creatively significant that will change you from within.There is a power she cultivated from backing herself to tell her own story rather than playing other peoples scripts and agendas A quote that brings her inspiration is from Ghandi – “Be the Change you want to see.”  

Justin Sandler

 Justin Sandler faced the biggest obstacle of his life in the way of a germ cell tumor that was aggressively growing into his heart and lung. The philosophy of Embrace Love Free became his roadmap for this journey. He chose to share his story through theatre because of the strong connection with an audience. He hopes that his audience leaves with hope and inspiration – he wants them to laugh, cry, and understand that by changing our perspectives, we open up a whole new world of possibilities. While his body was still very much recovering writing and performing this show (still recovering from surgeries and chemo) it was exhilarating, exhausting and healing! It was a powerful way to share his story and message in an intimate and beautiful way.

 Juliette Jeffers

Juliette Jeffers was born with acting in her blood.. As a child she knew she wanted to perform so she attended he High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan.  Ms. Jeffers story was inspired by the tragedies of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile who were murdered one day apart by the police.. She hopes to inspire thought and compassion and enlighten the audience on different points of view. This show felt “bigger than her” and knew it was a story she needed to tell.  A main message of this story is that our beliefs create our reality.  Juliette Jeffers, a veteran of the theatre, also develops and directs solo show artists and has written and performed five of her own shows.

Mark Curran

Mark Curran has always admired and been inspired by the films of Woody Allen and the plays of Neil Simon. This show depicts a time of innocence growing up in Brooklyn in the late 50’s early 60’s during a time of cultural change. Curran hopes that the audience, will take away that doing the right thing should always win even if it means sacrificing money and fame. In writing this story, he realized there is never a time when you are “ready” so he jumped in and started wrtiting. His experience is that he can’t take criticism nor praise to heart. Everyone will see the play from their own unique perspective.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Embrace Love Free

Justin Sandler invites you into a Sneak Peek at his story/journey with cancer in 2017 with Love, music, poetry and humor! 

            Judgment Day                Enjoy a Sneak Peek from Writer/Performer Juliette Jeffers about where this story came from!

             Wild At Hart                Meet one of Kamakshi's most popular characters introduce you to the show!     

IT'S SHOWTIME!

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Embrace Love Free - Feb 25 @ 6pm PST

Embrace Love Free - Feb 25 @ 6pm PST

Justin publicly shared his cancer journey through vulnerable live videos and has translated that into a multi-media, multi-character, powerful one-man show. He tells his dramatic tale through music, comedy, poetry, and above all, a lesson in overcoming obstacles.

Wild At Hart Feb 26 @ 7pm PST

Wild At Hart Feb 26 @ 7pm PST

Wild At Hart, strikes a timely chord for all ages with Character portrayals from thick New York dialects to wise old oak trees, songs, pathos and humor, all masterfully tell Hart's courageous tale of sexual trauma and the healing she found along her surprising, transformational journey.

Soaring Solo Studios -  Feb 27 @ 3pm PST

Soaring Solo Studios - Feb 27 @ 3pm PST

Award winning Director & Developer, Jessica Lynn Johnson, hosts a Matinee of brand new solo show excerpts taken from the Soaring Solo Community all around the world! This enticing program will be pre-recorded and will feature 6 superb Solo Artists throughout the show. The talented lineup includes: Christion Ty Edwards, Veronica Matthews, Phyllis Gordon, Michael David Ker, Mary Guillermin and Bethany Vee. Know that a large portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the Whitefire Theatre

Cry For Wolf - Feb 27 @ 7pm PST

Cry For Wolf - Feb 27 @ 7pm PST

This show is a multimedia, multiple character, multi art one woman show. It is a tale of love and loss. How many shows deal with family love and trauma, the strong bond between siblings, an unusual twist- of elder abuse, betrayal, scams, the Holocaust and the effect of the survivors? If that was not enough - what about religion and even circus?! Healing from trauma and grief comes in many forms. Sometimes, by swinging high on a trapeze towards the sky.

Judgment Day - Feb 28 @ 1pm PST

Judgment Day - Feb 28 @ 1pm PST

African-Americans have been struggling since the first slaves were brought to the United States. From Nat Turner to George Floyd, there has been much progress, but the struggle still continues. Why has God allowed this to happen? What if He were held responsible for all the injustices that African-Americans have endured? “Judgment Day” is a powerful piece that questions God’s motives. Juliette Jeffers brings twenty characters to life in this thought provoking solo play.

Forever Brooklyn - Feb 28 @ 6pm PST

Forever Brooklyn - Feb 28 @ 6pm PST

Through song, dialogue and comedy. A Jewish-American comic recounts his life growing up in Brooklyn during the 50’s – 60’s. Melvin Kaplofkis longs for a career in show business. Forever Brooklyn! Is a poignant funny coming-of-age story about dreams, family, and a way of life that’s been all but forgotten in the modern age.

For Love or Money - Mar 6 @ 7pm PST

For Love or Money - Mar 6 @ 7pm PST

The onset of the pandemic forces a successful 76-year-old businessman to examine his choices in life, what he thinks he has achieved, and what he feels he has lost. Why did he so fervently quest for money and security at the expense of his own happiness and the trampling of his artistic soul? Join writer/performer Mitchell Feinstein on this autobiographical journey that invites all of us to consider: Can we learn lessons and make changes, or is it too late?

Dogs Are Better Than People - Mar 13 @ 7pm PST

Dogs Are Better Than People - Mar 13 @ 7pm PST

Follow Sarah through her divorce, her drinking days, her move to L.A., and her retirement from teaching. The multimedia story is told by her five dogs: Lilly the Airedale, Shadow the shepherd, Liebling the mongrel, and the twin chiweenies: Koa and Louis the 14th. Her dogs tell us about her pursuit of all the wrong men, and finally, when she’s sober, co-writing her web series, “We’re Not Dead Yet”. It’s a story with a happy ending.

Naturally Tan - March 21 @ 6pm PST

Naturally Tan - March 21 @ 6pm PST

Told through the bold perspective of a vivacious drag queen from Singapore named Tanvi, this seriocomedy utilizes multimedia and 36 characters to explore themes ranging from the cruelty of body dysmorphia – to the adventures of finding one’s place in the world.

50 Shades of Mix - Mar 24 @ 7pm PSTT

50 Shades of Mix - Mar 24 @ 7pm PSTT

“What are you?” “I would make a pillow out of your hair!” and other things you shouldn't say to a human is the topic in this hilarious confessional of a Bi Racial Woman. Anastasia spills all the tea on the shady moments of a Bi Racial Woman’s life. She shares heartbreaking and often hilarious stories. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn and you’ll wake the hell up!

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