BEST OF FEST is here!
MEET THE ARTISTS
John Posey hails from Florida with a career that began with an Atlanta comedy group. After 30+ years in Los Angeles, he's a veteran of many TV/Film projects including "Boston Legal" and "How To Get Away with Murder." One of his biggest joys is seeing his two sons become successful actors in their own right. John's show, "Father Son & Holy Coach" was started in LA but since toured the country many times over. It's story of a conflicted father/son relationship mirrors John's with his own father. Determined not to have such a distance between himself and his boys, he's acted along side them every chance he gets. He's been able to work with Tyler in both the series "Teen Wolf" and the recent film "Alone." Jesse is currently starring in "Selena: The Series." John has recently discovered the joy of teaching, and has even made the pivot to teaching acting over Zoom...always tricky. No matter what, John maintains a love of doing solo theater, because he knows that there's no better way to connect to an audience.
Tanya Thomas started writing her story ten years ago when an acting coach asked to write about her cross-cultural experiences. The process began with a crippling struggle. Eventually, after a myriad of healing experiences, the doors opened for her to continue to write. Growing up as a minority in Singapore, she existed as someone who existed as someone who was always trying to assimilate. She always felt like she never reached the intended mark. Her move to LA didn’t change her view of herself – not until her writing unfolded. Ms. Thomas hopes the audience will step into their own light, celebrate their own uniqueness and deepen the understanding of what it means to be human.
Sheila Silver knew since birth that she was born to act. Her passion for theatre was fueled by performances from a few of the great Broadway actresses Mary Martin, Bernadette Peters and Katherine Hepburn. She shared her love of theatre teaching and directing. Writing this solo show was the ultimate leap of faith - sharing her own story raising an autistic child. She hopes that the audience will see the challenges that comes with the world of special needs. With those challenges she met amazing people always supporting her. She was never alone. She embraces these few simple words by Henry David Thoreau. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams – live the life you’ve imagined.”
Heather got bit by the acting bug in high school when she got to play "Dorothy" in The Wizard of Oz. In creating Fertile, her one woman show, she got to tap into a personal story she found was shared by countless other women. For Heather, solo performance in particular is a challenging and vulnerable art form with a unique power to communicate stories. The impact on the audience in itself can be a very personal experience, even with a fictional story! Since Fertile is based on a real story though, Heather has had amazing and countless interactions with women and couples having the same fertility issues, and there's nothing that can mimic that intimate connection with the audience. One of Heather's most fun theatrical experiences was playing "Mrs. White" in a stage version of Clue, but the move into solo performance has given her a whole other artistic satisfaction.
BEHIND THE SCENES ______________
NATURALLY TAN...catch the trailer for the groundbreaking show!
FERTILE...an interview with creator Heather Dowling!
Island Girl: A Rescue Mission - Sunday, May 23rd @6pm PST
Island Girl: A Rescue Mission is a fantastical tale of faith. Join Sprite Named Spot, a Divinity Sprite who is assigned on a mission to rescue the faith of a young woman. Sprite weaves through formative moments of spiritual insight as the girl grows up in Hawaii, leading us to the life-changing crisis which ultimately threatens her faith.
All The Adams In The World - Wednesday, May 19 @7pm PST
Join Sheila and her river guide, Scout, as together they navigate an atypical river called "Autism". Sheila and Scout travel through over 30 years of extraordinary experiences as she learns how to do what is best for her son, Adam, who is severely autistic.
Follow them as they travel both calm waters and furious rapids! Meet the angels who support Sheila and Adam through every through every twist and turn of the river.
Fertile - Thursday, May 20th @7pm PST
Jenny’s test results keep coming back negative. That’s when she runs into real problems and questions about fertility. Ultimately, she must look within to discover what motherhood and fertility means to her.
Lady Libertease - Saturday, May 29th @3pm PST
Before there was Karen, there was Columbia!
At first, Kirsten is thrilled to have discovered the long forgotten American goddess, Columbia- an inspiring symbol of female empowerment! But when Kirsten makes a commitment to anti-racism, she uncovers truths about her family's history that connects her to Columbia’s own problematic past. Together, they wrestle with being white and female- of being both oppressed and an oppressor. Is liberty for all, just a tease?
After The Fall - Sunday, June 6th @6pm PST
Want to make God laugh...tell him your plans! Life had always gone as Johnny Ray planned until a freak tragic accident forced him to take a leap of faith and Live by the quote by Nelson Mandela, “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell and got back up again .”Even when planes go down!
Dogs Are Better Than People - Saturday, June 12th @ 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.
Yes? No? Maybe So? -- Sunday, June 13th @6pm PDT
After an unsettling doctor’s appointment, Catherine’s inner social justice warrior, Professor Sarah P. Outrage, takes Catherine on a hilarious musical tour of her own fraught relationship with boundaries. Will Catherine find the courage to speak up about what happened to her even though she sucks at consent?
For Love Or Money - Friday, June 18th @ 7pm
In life, we have choices. And often, we look back and wonder, what if? Having given up on his dreams to spend decades in pursuit of accumulating wealth, Mitchell Feinstein’s advancing age plus a year of Covid bring him to a reckoning. In “For Love or Money,” Mitch shares the stories of his life, the relationships and pivotal moments and of his childhood and adulthood that led him away from his poetic-artist heart, and unravels the ties that bind to discover his way home.
Speak Out! Encore Award Winner
Best of Fest Winner!
Best of Fest Winner!
Best of Fest Winner!
World Premiere Encore Award Winner!
Female Empowerment Encore Award Winner!
Resilience Encore Award Winner!
Best of Fest Winner!