What’s the Story?

“What in my story is in all of our stories?” is the million dollar question for artistic director Stacie Chaiken and her fleet of 15 solo performers.  “The audience is your scene partner,” Chaiken explains, “it’s tremendously intimate.”  Over two weekends, this festival of frank, cheeky, and headstrong one-person monologues showcases the results from her yarn-spinning workshops.  Though the pieces sprung from group dramaturgy, the diversity ranges from Stephanie Stephenson’s wedding fatigue after her mother’s multiple marriages to Kane Phelps’ saga of an easy rider redeemed who went from Jack Nicholson’s student to a mentor for foster children.

Originally published in the LA Times

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