Nineteen one-woman productions in various stages of development will be presented May 12-18 at the Roy Arias Theatre Center in Manhattan. The week-long developmental series is curated by Stacy Mayer and Jennifer Lee Mitchell.
The schedule for One Woman Standing follows:
Written and performed by Cheryl Hamilton; directed by James Bunzli.
"Refugee Integration Specialist, Grand Jury Witness, and Just a Girl Looking for a Decent Date, a young woman relives her harrowing and hilarious two years in Maine fraught with disaster, success and unexpected grace." (May 12, 7 PM)
Written and performed by Mary Ethel Schmidt; directed by N. J. Stanley.
"A young woman hears her mother's wacky justification for her neglected childhood echoed in her own personal tirade against herself and decides to give her young self a gift of rebellion that could change her future." (May 13, 7 PM)
Written and performed by Myla Pitt.
"A woman's remembrances help her recapture the freedom and anarchy of her girlhood in the sixties." (May 13, 7 PM)
Written and performed by Gioia De Cari; directed by Matt Hoverman.
"A gifted young Berkeley chick takes on sexism while pursuing a math Ph.D. at MIT, where girls aren't supposed to be girls . . . especially girls with a penchant for fighting back with fashion!" (May 14, 7 PM)
Written and performed by Heather Harpham; directed by Deb Margolin.
"A new mother unearths joy amid the chaos of life with a dangerously ill child, and tries to comprehend the fragility and regenerative power of the human body." (May 14, 9 PM)
Written and performed by Emily Mitchell; directed by Rasa Allan Kazlas.
"Women's four-footed friends can be imagined or heart-breakingly real." (May 15, 7 PM)
Written by Robert Charles Gompers; conceived and performed by Stacy Mayer.
"One woman's comedic journey into the known and unknown as she examines the words and lives behind eulogies." (May 15, 7 PM)
Written by William Allen; performed by Leslie Lynn Meeker.
"An imaginary interview with the late couturier, Coco Chanel." (May 15, 9 PM)
Written and performed by Raquel Cion; directed by Victoria McNichol Kelly.
"Our hostess Mindy instructs us on how to throw a flawless party. While finding the proper way to entertain, Mindy rummages through childhood stories and how frightening it can be to live among other people." (May 16, 7 PM)
Written and performed by Jenny Rubin.
"A humorous, but touching, look at the life, of a native New Yorker — moving out of NY, struggling to have kids, being married and not feeling cool anymore." (May 16, 7 PM)
Written and performed by Veronique Jeanmarie.
"A play about music, memory, siblings, and Los Angeles, featuring the music of Paul Robinson, Maxim Moston, and Joan Harkness." (May 16, 9 PM)
Written and performed by Tanesha Ford.
"The many voices of Tanesha Marie as she grows through artifice, assimilation and finally acceptance." (May 16, 9 PM)
Written and performed by Susan Laubach; original music by Michael Kingsley; directed by Linda Masson-Kingsley.
"A 19 year-old from the Middle West takes on the emerging Off-Off-Broadway of the late Fifties." (May 17, 4 PM)
Written and read by Staci Swedeen.
"A staged reading of a one-woman show about an encounter with a rabid raccoon, a near-death experience and life's ironic twists." (May 17, 7 PM)
Written and performed by Robin Gelfenbien; directed by Matt Hoverman.
"The true story of a young woman who creates the perfect solution for overcoming torment, a fear of men and her struggle to speak up - driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!" (May 17, 9 PM)
Written and performed by McNeely Myers; directed by Maura Hanlon.
"This fresh comedy is set in a spiritual workshop where our host channels a Swami to answer our questions . . .is there a god? . . .paper or plastic? . . .we get hilarious pity answers and visits from more folks on the other side." (May 18, 4 PM)
Written and performed by Elizabeth Whitney; directed by Mark Finley.
"Florida, 1977. The road to Damascus is paved with orange pulp, Anita sings campy songs of salvation, and the children are finally saved... or are they?" (May 18, 4 PM)
Written and performed by Jessica Carr Phillips.
"You can only put it off so long. Eventually your time will come. Juror # W1258, welcome to Supreme Court of Queens County." (May 18, 7 PM)
Written and performed by yvonne fly onakeme etaghene; directed by Maija Garcia.
"Nigerian dyke poet & dancer stitches together an intimate and fierce one-woman show of raw poetry & uncensored monologue that asks: in the face of genocide and war, 'are poems enough?'" (May 18, 7 PM) All performances will be followed by a talkback session with the performers and writers.
Tickets for One Woman Standing, priced $10, are available by visiting www.eatheatre.org or by phoning (866) 811-4111.
The Roy Arias Theatre Center is located at 300 West 43rd Street (5th floor) in Manhattan.