8PM: MY JANIS
An Intimate Portrait
Starring: Arianna Veronesi
My Janis is a window into Janis Joplin's private world as she struggles to find her identity in the summer of 1966. Joplin spent a reclusive year at her parents house in Texas after she nearly died from speed and alcohol addiction in San Francisco. At 23, she works hard to fit in and get rid off her destructive habits: she goes back to college, gets a part time job, goes to psychotherapy and waits for her boyfriend to come to marry her... He never shows up. But she keeps singing. She keeps having very controlled fun. While on a vacation with her friends in Austin she waits for a call from her old friend, Chet Helms who is now a big manager in San Francisco. Things are changing fast with the music revolution and the hippie movement and he wants her to sing for one of his groups "Big Brother and The Holding Co." Janis doesn't know what to do. She is scared of San Francisco, scared of her own monsters, but this is her dream come true, after years of failures. Can she finally be true to herself and be loved for what she really is?
Winner of The Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers' Award 2017
Winner of The Hollywood Fringe Festival Critics Choice Award 2017
Winner of DOUBLE SWEET Critic & Audience Choice on BETTER LEMONS
"It's a heartbreaking and riveting play. Ms Veronesi captures Janis Joplin in exquisite detail and looks uncannily like her. I can't take it out of my head... in a very good way. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!" NoHo Arts District
"Veronesi did an excellent job in evoking the rock goddess and showing her vulnerability without looking feeble. A beautiful portrait of a complex woman trying to do right, even if it kills her." All About The Stage
"Arianna Veronesi may well have been born to play Janis Joplin, whom she does not merely imitate, but powerfully embodies in her self-directed one-woman show My Janis." LAist
"Arianna Veronesi’s intense, delicate, consummately artistic living portrait lasts only a half-hour. Then it lives on, in what it’s done to the lives she’s touched." Theatre Ghost
Written and directed by: Arianna Veronesi
Creative consultant: Greg Braun
Photography: Rudolf Bekker
9PM: "Matthew Marcum - Pollock: A Frequency Parable"
"Matthew Marcum - Pollock: A Frequency Parable" is an avant-operatic sound performance piece that explores elements of abstract expressionism through nonlinear narrative and extended vocal techniques. By re-conceptualizing key elements used in this revolutionary style of art making such as energy, motion, scale, and improvisation, a challenge is presented to both the performer and the audience to free the voice from the confines of form and language allowing it to transcend tradition and be experienced for it's potential - Modern Art. The creator of this piece, Matthew Marcum, is an interdisciplinary performance artist that infuses text, sound, movement, and optics to create contemporary theatre productions, live art exhibitions, and conceptual installations. Mixing southern charm and fierce intellect Marcum's work is both innovative and captivating giving new definition to what it means to be an "expressionist." After premiering at The New Experimental Works Festival in San Francisco, CA this piece has continued to pick up steam across the country, most recently appearing to critical acclaim at the St. Louis Fringe Festival, where it received the Artistic Innovation award.
Official Selection of the St. Louis Fringe 2017
Winner - Artistic Innovation Award
Official Selection of the Sideshow Fringe Festival 2017
Official selection and main-stage appearance for The New Experimental Works Festival (San Francisco, CA) 2017
"In a show where abstract art meets modern beauty, Marcum takes you on a journey that leaves you mesmerized and wondering what the heck you just watched...Modern Art at it's finest." - St. Louis Limelight Magazine
Written and Directed by: Matthew Marcum
Produced by: Shannon J. Spencer and The Unconventional Empire