An arbitrary, idiosyncratic selection of one-person shows at the 2019 SaraSolo Festival.
Yes, it’s that time of year again. SaraSolo Productions is launching its annual celebration of the individual performer at the Crocker Memorial Church. The solitary shows happen from Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 2-3. There are 16 shows in all, not counting their “Betwixt Week” workshops at The Starlite Room. If you live a life of leisure, by all means see them all. I’ll try to see as many as I can. But these are the shows I don’t plan to miss …
Saturday, Jan. 26 • 1 p.m.
Glenn Schudel’s “Asides” or “My Life With Will”
Schudel shares his recollections of taking Shakespeare on the road. This long strange trip involved three vans, twenty-six states, and a tour manager on the verge of a nervous breakdown. You want to be in show business? This is what you’re in for. Shakespeare himself can’t protect you from Murphy’s Law.
Sunday, Jan. 27 • 1 p.m.
Hendrik Morsman’s “Magic Flute”
Hendrik Morsman’s performance isn’t mostly Mozart—it’s all Mozart, although a tad condensed. Morsman retools “The Magic Flute” as a one-man opera. Along with telling the story with the help of puppets, he’s a one-man band, singing and playing the flute and alto sax. Be sure to bring the children in your life. They’ll probably grow up to be legendary musicians.
Sunday, Jan. 27 • 5 p.m.
Matthew McGee’s “Waltzing Matilda”
McGee performs, backed up by Michael Raabe on piano. This one-man show finds humor in a painful topic — homophobia. The bullies of McGee’s childhood christened him “Waltzing Matilda.” Instead of rejecting his redneck roots, he celebrates the honky-tonk legacy of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and other country music legends. Behind the laughter, McGee’s point is clear. When life gives you lemons, make stand-up comedy.
Saturday, Feb. 2 • 7 p.m.
James Rayfield’s “Charles Lindbergh: A Life In Flight”
Chris Jackson embodies America’s most beloved and controversial aviator in Rayfield’s one-person play. Was Lindbergh a man with the right stuff—or a closet fascist? This one-man show traces Lindbergh’s flight path, from his days on the America First Committee, to the kidnapping of his child, to the famous flight that made his name a legend.
Sunday, Feb. 3 • 5 p.m.
Kuniko Yamamoto’s “Oh, Origami!”
According to Japanese legend, your wish will come true if you fold 1,000 origami cranes. The legend unfolds in the life of Kuniko. She wishes for her dead uncle to come back to life. That wish doesn’t come true—but other wishes do, in an amazing story of survival and a love of nature as big as our planet.
That’s just a sample, folks. For the big picture, be sure to check out the SaraSolo website. And check out as many shows as you can. You won’t be alone.