The stage comedy events selected to appear at the Aspen, Colorado festivities play in repertory March 8, 10 and 11.
Seen at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival — where it earned an Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Solo Show — The Miss Education of Jenna Bush poses that the President's daughter gets a job as a public school teacher. The rowdy, gossip-page regular prepares for her first day while fielding well-wishing gifts and phone calls from familiar names.
Winston Beigel directs the one-woman work which he co-created with Rauch. The Miss Education of Jenna Bush played sold out performances at the Village Theatre during the Fringe.
Cleveland penned his solo My Buddy Bill, based on his relationship with former President Bill Clinton. The one-time "The West Wing" writer takes us "from touring the White House to playing catch with the First Dog Buddy and flying in George Harrison’s jet to Amsterdam." Peter Birkenhead directs the work which debuted at the Geffen Playhouse in Nov. 2005.
Also featured at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival will be the monologue series Fired! created by Annabelle Gurwitch. After New York and Los Angeles runs of her show, Gurwitch takes Fired! to the next level this year with the documentary version of the compilation of actors' and others' stories of being let go in "Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed." Celebrating the film, the actress leads an all-star cast who relive their tales of woe and unemployment Fired! Live! For a complete lineup and more information, visit the official U.S. Comedy Arts Festival website at www.hbocomedyfestival.com.