The Whitefire Theatre will open its 40th season with SOLOFEST 2022 January 14-March 20.
Whitefire Theatre’s SOLOFEST 2022, a celebration of the solo journey, has been recognized as the largest solo theatre festival on the West Coast. This year’s festival program offers premieres and audience favorites live on stage, with some shows available with a stream on demand option. SOLOFEST 2022, hosted by Bryan Rasmussen and Victoria Watson Winkler.
January 14 at 8:00 pm
Starring Synthia L. Hardy, directed and produced by Bryan Rasmussen. This award winning and audience favorite offers timeless hits like “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Embraceable You” and the devastating “Strange Fruit,” delivered with one of the most distinctive voices in the history of music, Billie Holiday has had an incalculable influence on popular music.
January 16 at 7:00 pm
Written and produced by Callie Ott. A one-woman musical with original songs written and performed by Callie Ott. Based on her true story, Callie was in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend Jeff. But if she ever broke up with him, he would threaten to kill himself. Finally, she did…and he did.
January 20 at 8:00 pm
Written and performed by Jannie Fahn, directed by Tom Cavanaugh. Her mom hid her post-mortem instructions in a specific spot – it turned out, she was also hiding a secret! In Jennie Fahn’s award-winning comedy about the end of her mom’s life, everyone can find something they relate to in this story about love, loss, and being of sound mind and body!
January 21 at 8:00 pm
A passionate but perplexed Italian American woman searches for a solution to her addiction with a hypnotherapist, but uncovers her addiction to her family bondage. Written and performed by Barbara Saba. Directed by Debra De Liso.
January 23 at 7:00 pm
Performed by Cindy Pierce, developed and directed by Traci Mariano. Nancy attempted to tamp down her deepest sorrow, yet it proved to remain sharp even in the depths of dementia. Her busy, interesting and hilarious life was not enough to keep the pain of loss at bay.
January 28 at 8:00 PM
Written and performed by Shelley Cooper, directed by Mariangela Chatzistamatiou. Inspired by the life and work of the 20th Century dramatic opera singer Maria Callas, the show provides interesting tidbits from the singer’s life – how opera kept her alive during World War II and her complicated relationship with Aristotle Onassis, while offering insight into the singer’s own complications. Review>>
January 29 at 8:00 pm
Written and performed by Azo Safo. A lively solo show featuring a mix of wacky characters, multi-media and edutainment, I HEART MAROC will take you on a journey into the lives of rural Moroccans as experienced by Azo, wide-eyed a 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. Will Azo get through her two year service in one piece or will she obey her Armenian immigrant mother’s wishes and move back to Glendale to marry an Armenian dentist?
January 30 at 7:00 pm
Written and performed by George Steeves, directed by Megan Ford-Miller. An atypical romantic comedy, that explores all of the awkward firsts that come with dating, sex and love from a late bloomer’s perspective. Being on the autism spectrum is challenging enough, now add dating to the mix. There’s quite a learning curve.
January 14-March 20
Tickets for the live shows are $25.00 and $19.99 for the virtual shows.
For information, tickets and current Covid policy please visit www.whitefiretheatre.com or call 818-687-8559.
The Whitefire Theatre
13500 Ventura Blvd. (at Sunnyslope Avenue)
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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