Exclusive: Watch Tony Nominee Sarah Stiles Open the Closet on Squirrel Heart

Cabaret & Concert News   Exclusive: Watch Tony Nominee Sarah Stiles Open the Closet on Squirrel Heart
The Hand to God actor-singer offers bite-sized previews of her 2018 show at Joe’s Pub in NYC.
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Sarah Stiles, who earned a 2015 Tony Award nomination for playing Jessica in Hand to God, is back with a solo self-described “cabaret extravaganza” titled Squirrel Heart, scheduled to return in January 2018 to Joe’s Pub in New York City, where it premiered in 2016.

Written by Stiles and Holly Gewandter with direction by Darren Katz and musical direction by Brian Nash, the show will play January 3 at 7 PM, and January 8 at 9:30 PM.

She said, “It’s been a blast working on the West Coast, but I’ve missed the sparkle of theatre in NYC. I thought what better way to get my fix then work on this crazy show? Squirrel Heart is a marathon of musical genres and caffeinated emotions wrapped up in 20 or so costume changes and big hair. I’m so excited to share it again, and twice!”

Working with her brother, David N. Stiles, the actor created a series of tease videos that give a sense of the show and her style as a solo artist. “This is my world!” she told Playbill. “My brother directed and wanted to keep everything authentic to me and my process. Because he’s my brother and I felt so safe and comfortable with him, the result is just that. We shot them over the course of two days in my apartment. We wrote them on the spot and just played. It was so much fun. I hope you enjoy them.

Playbill will post the clips over the next few weeks. In this first one, Stiles said, “This is me rehearsing the opening number in my bedroom and rehearsing an outfit, which is equally as important. Fun fact: Geneva Carr, my buddy from Hand to God, gave me the orange squirrel pin you see in the opening shots the last time I did Squirrel Heart.”

Tickets ($25 with a $12 food & beverage minimum) can be purchased online, by phone at (212) 967-7555, or in person at the Joe’s Pub box office (10am-7pm daily).

Stiles plays Gladys in the new TV series Get Shorty on Epix. She appeared previously on Broadway as Muriel in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever with Harry Connick Jr. and Jesse Mueller, played Kate/Lucy in Avenue Q, and took turns playing multiple eccentric children in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee. She played Little Red Riding Hood in The Public Theater’s Into the Woods, presented as part of its Shakespeare in the Park series. She voices Lacey on Nick Jr.’s Sunny Day and Spider on Pasek and Paul’s James and the Giant Peach album.

Tickets for her Joe’s Pub performances cost $25 (plus a $12 foo/drink minimum) and can be ordered here. Joe’s Pub is located inside the Public Theater complex at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.


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