For 2018 I am contemplating entering my solo show, The F Words, into United Solo in New York City. In fact the applications are now open and the early-bird deadline is tomorrow. I know this because I just took a quick peak at the website to check. I have checked several times already and I still haven’t committed to it by just signing up.
Today I see that Michael Moore won the United Solo Special Award
Here’s what United Solo had to say, “At the United Solo Gala held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Theatre Row in New York many artists were recognized with awards for their achievements in the art of solo performance. On behalf of the United Solo Academy, Omar Sangare, the Artistic Director of the festival, presented the United Solo Special Award to Michael Moore for his show, “The Terms of My Surrender.”
During its ten-week run, the United Solo Festival offered 120 stage productions representing six continents. Nearly 60 shows sold out, and were presented several times due to popular demand. “
I feel overwhelmed and a little anxious when I think about the possibility of my show being in a theatre right after Michael Moore’s show and yet, I want to try. Some little voice is niggling at me in the back of my mind, and I know who’s voice it is too. It’s my Nana’s voice, in her thick Greek accent saying “Nothing from nothing… is nothing.” and I know exactly what she means. If you have nothing and you do nothing you will still have nothing…. so today I will get my application in. I hear you Nana and I will try.
You can check out more about United Solo at http://www.unitedsolo.org and please cross your fingers for me that I get in and will have the opportunity to present my show at the United Solo Festival held on Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York in 2018!
REVIEW: SEPT 13, 2016
Despite the show’s title, The “F” Words is not a celebration of curse words and vulgarity. There IS cursing, but there’s more to it.
Yvette Dudley-Neuman takes us through the emotional roller-coaster of the life of Frannie, variously known as Funny Frannie and Fat Frannie by her friends and detractors, respectively. By now, you can see the alliteration that will weave through the play and give it its name.
In her early years, Frannie is inspired by her strong Greek grandmother, a woman who gives her hope. But like many of us, Frannie’s later years are fraught with fear and an overbearing sense of dread. She drifts away from her friends and becomes forlorn, a mess of confusing feelings and fatalism dragging her into depression.
Will Frannie throw in the towel and give in her to her Fattist (OK, I think that one’s made up) adversaries or will she put her fortitude on display and drag herself out of her funk?
Yes, some of the “F” words that come up include curses and vulgarity, and this may not be a show you will want to bring the kids along for. But you would be missing out on this incredibly alliterative journey if you skip it entirely.
As Frannie, Dudley-Neuman is the perfect mix of manic energy and depressed stupor. She embodies the highs and lows most of us feel as we grow older, the self doubt that creeps in turning from a slow simmer to a rolling boil.
The “F” Words does suffer from a few faults. The opening is a bit slow and the whole show could have cut about 10 minutes. But don’t let that stop you from checking this amazing emotional tour de force.
— Justin Bell – Edmonton Journal
The “F” Words
• 4 stars out of 5
• Stage 8 Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre
Fierce, funny & fearless, follow Fran & friends on this fast-paced frolic. Experience Fran’s unrelenting compulsion to explore The F Words from Fat, Forty, Forgotten & F**cked to…
Source: The F Words – Fringe Festival Tour 2016