In addition to already-announced performances in January and April, the solo show will play Feb. 18 at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO (presented with Theatre Aspen) and Feb. 25-26 at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Meredith Vieira Productions is booking engagements of the show around the country. Hal Brooks (Off-Broadway's current No Child…) directs the performance.
This production premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008, played sold-out houses at 59E59 Theaters in New York City and transferred to critical acclaim at Off-Broadway's Soho Playhouse.
Here's how the work is billed: "The poignant, darkly humorous autobiographical comedy is set improbably in a hospice, where James sits at the bedside of his dying sister, who asks him to trade places with her. Until she realizes that would mean trading places with him…being in his marriage…a fate worse than death! The monologue cuts back and forth between the hospice, where his sister is engaged to be married, and scenes from his marriage, exploring infidelity, near-death childbirth and other high-stakes yet hilarious adventures. In the process, the comedy explores the roots of romantic love in familial love, and the notion: not only can you go home again, you can't not go home again; you can't escape your past. Until you confront it…which James does through his sister's deathbed wedding, before returning home to confront whether his own marriage should come to an end."
Braly's stories have been broadcast nationally on "This American Life," NPR and "Marketplace," and his essays appear in the recently published anthologies "Afterbirth" (St. Martin's Press) and "Mr. Beller's Neighborhood" (W.W. Norton). He has performed autobiographical stories at The Whitney Museum, Long Wharf Theatre and The Moth, where he was featured on the TNT National Story Tour and is the first two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling competition. His full-length monologue, The Monthly Nut, directed by Seth Barrish (director of the Off-Broadway hit Sleepwalk with Me) is in development at The Barrow Group Theatre. His full-length monologue, Asylum, premiered at Dixon Place April 2010 and is in development as a television series with Meredith Vieira Productions.
The tour schedule currently includes: Jan. 13 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC
Jan. 14 at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC
Feb. 18 at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, CO (presented with Theatre Aspen)
Feb. 25-26 at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, CO
April 14 at Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL
April 27-28 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, FL
For more information, please visit www.jamesbraly.com.
Meredith Vieira Productions, founded by Emmy Award-winning journalist and host Meredith Vieira ("Today," "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?," "The View") and headed by Amy Rapp, develops and produces film, TV, web and theatre. The company's first feature film "Return," starring Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon and John Slattery, recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. MVP "is dedicated to producing smart comedies and dramas with authentic characters."