THE 2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL featuring 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by 10 extraordinary artists, begins Friday, September 14th at The Cherry Lane Theatre/Mainstage, 38 Commerce Street, NYC, and continues through September 30th. This second AFO Theater Festival features the World Premieres of Alice Eve Cohen’s “WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW” based on her bestselling memoir, and “THE PURPOSE PROJECT” by Elizabeth Van Meter; and the NY Premiere of Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan’s new solo piece “FRUIT FLY.” AFO Festival directors include Lynne Taylor-Corbett, BD Wong and Colman Domingo. The Festival offers two performances of each of the 10 plays plus 8 solo workshops with Advisory Board members Nilaja Sun, Gretchen Cryer, Matt Hoverman, Deb Margolin and Lynne Taylor-Corbett among others; a special master class with Leslie Jordan, AFO Advisor and 2012 AFO performer; and panels covering topics such as entering festivals, marketing, producing, and contracting for solo shows. The AFO Theater Festival will also present. works in development and talk-back audience sessions after every performance. Nilaja Sun will lead a special Mentoring Program for high school students.
The 2012 AFO Theater Festival performance schedule September 14 through 30 is: Wednesday-Sundays at 7 PM; Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM and 4:30 PM. All performances, panels and workshops in the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, NYC.
Michael Wolk, Executive Producer said: “The All For One Theater Festival is a nonprofit organization presenting outstanding solo shows that inform and inspire, along with workshops and panels to promote excellence in solo theater.
“This year, we have Lily Tomlin, Sir Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo, Carrie Fisher and many other solo legends standing with us on our Advisory Board, and their message is clear: solo performance matters.”
The 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by the authors in the 2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL are:
APPEARANCE OF LIFE by Jennifer S. Jones (formerly called Letters to Clio) A riveting thriller set in Buenos Aires in 1976 about an upper class woman who becomes radicalized when her daughter is ‘disappeared’ by the Argentine junta. Directed by Jessica Lefkow
Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 7pm & Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 4:30pm
ASKING FOR IT by Joanna Rush If you had a strict Catholic upbringing, ran off to pursue a dancing career in NYC, and were sexually assaulted by a helpful stranger you meet at Port Authority Bus Terminal…were you just ‘asking for it’? Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett
Friday, September 14 @ 7pm & Saturday, September 22 @ 2pm
DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE by Aizzah Fatima Sex, politics and religion collide as six Pakistani-American women air their dirty lingerie.
Directed by Erica Gould
Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 4:30pm & Thursday, Sept. 27 @ 7pm
FRUIT FLY by Leslie Jordan Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan asks, “Do gay men become their mothers?”
Directed by David Galligan NEW YORK PREMIERE
Thursday, Sept. 20 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 7pm