Three Cat Productions is excited to announce the lineup for its Sixth Annual Festival the 2018 SOLO Chicago Festival. The 2018 SOLO Chicago will run May 15 to June 6, 2018 with individual performances by vocal artists, storytellers, and more. 2018 performers will include Marilyn Campbell-Lowe, Ralph Gerbie, Madelyn Loehr, Roberta Miles, Janki Mody, Wendy Parman, and Raymond Wohl.
May 15 at 7:30pm
Janki Mody in The MTHFR Gene: Evidence of a Uterus in Crisis
Lofty dreams of growing a family often becomes a series of hurdles through infertility and miscarriage. Though the narrative is so common, women are bearing the burden mostly in isolation. How do these events change us? What can they help us discover within ourselves? This show is a look into my personal journey through pregnancy loss and my search to find community and my own inner strength.
Janki Mody is a writer, performance artist, educator, and women’s infertility and pregnancy loss advocate. She is a second generation Asian-American and likes to share her experiences of that complex upbringing. She works to bring awareness to women-centric issues pertaining to fertility, motherhood and other monthly happenings. She has two sons who are curious risk takers and require most of her human energy. She craves a Netlfix binge but there are not enough hours in the day, so she waits until she has the flu to do so. She is honored to be a part of this festival.
May 16 at 7:30pm
Roberta Miles in CRACKED! Surviving My Life
Roberta Miles explores all things in her new show CRACKED! Surviving My Life. Her hysterically funny and deeply poignant show will keep you on the edge of your seat.
ROBERTA MILES is a jazz singer, writer and visual artist. Her award-winning autobiographical monologues touch on growing up in Chicago in the 70’s and her life’s indiscretions and romantic regrets.
Roberta chronicles her quest for mental and physical health with brutally hilarious candor. She has crafted her monologues into the one-woman show, “I Want a Banana, and Other Desperate Love Stories.” Roberta performs her work at live lit and storytelling events including God, Sex & Death, This Much is True, The Make Ready at the Dandelion Theatre, Stoop Stories, Seven Deadly Sins, Serving the Sentence, TenX9, and Sappho’s Salon. She is a staple performer with Beast Women and Three Cat Productions, and is a co-host at the Flabby Hoffman’s Radio Extravagonzo.
She is the producer of the long-running shows Cafe Cabaret and Loose Chicks, and has written and performed with Steppenwolf’s Project Compass.
May 23 at 7:30pm
Ralph Gerbie in EIGHT NIGHTS & Twelve Days: A Serious Comedy About Tradition, Trade-offs and Tolerance
Did you ever bask in the joyous warmth of a beautiful family Christmas? In this heartfelt solo tribute to family and tradition, writer and performer Ralph Gerbie takes us on a personal journey through his experience growing up in a Jewish home that celebrates Christmas. Big time.
What happens when he marries a nice Jewish girl who sees things differently?
Ralph Gerbie is a Chicago based writer, spoken word performer and musician. He is a member of the Writer’s Studio at The University of Chicago, where he studied creative non-fiction essay writing for two years. Previously, he spent three years as a member of the highly acclaimed New Tuners Musical Theatre Writer’s Workshop. His full-length musical, “Skyscraper” received a reading at Theatre Building Chicago for which he wrote the book, lyrics and music.
Ralph performed his solo show “Growing Up Gyne,” about life as the son of a world-renowned Obstetrician and Gynecologist, to an enthusiastic sold-out audience at the 2017 SOLO Chicago Festival produced by Three Cat Productions.
He has presented his creative non-fiction essays in staged readings at 57th Street Books and The Gleacher Center, and has performed spoken-word solo material with “Page to Stage” at Chicago Dramatists, “Do-Not-Submit” at Uptown Underground, “VoiceBox” at Fitzgerald’s and “In One Ear” at The Heartland Café. He was a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where he studied Play Writing and completed the Solo Show and Storytelling Curriculum developed by acclaimed playwright, educator and solo artist, Arlene Malinowski.
Ralph holds a BA from the University of Colorado, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a Creative Non-Fiction Writing Certificate from the University of Chicago.
May 29 at 7:30pm
Wendy Parman in Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here
How an empty nesting divorcée survives potato chips with cream of mushroom soup and lonely wine drinking in a long Winter of Disconnect to emerge with a newfound lemon-scented zest for life. Singing included.
Singer/actor Wendy Parman recently created a musical/comedy for YouTube called Callie’s Solo Web Series, about the antics of a voice teacher in Chicago. It was screened at Cinema New York City Film Festival, and Web Festival Global in 2017 as well as Columbia College Chicago’s Alumni Filmmaker’s Night in the fall of 2016. Her experiences rekindling her acting career in middle age were partly the inspiration that lead to its creation. Wendy enjoys a thriving voice studio on the north side of Chicago and sings frequently about town. Last fall she appeared in Blue Fish in a Tall Clear Vase at Three Cat Productions, and the yet to be released Venere, a film about women’s reproductive issues. She’s exceedingly pleased with this opportunity to weave together story and song at Three Cat Productions. Find out more at https://wendyparmanvoice.com/
May 30 at 7:30pm
Raymond Wohl in L. Frank Baum: The Royal Historian of Oz
“L. Frank Baum: The Royal Historian of Oz” is solo theater extravaganza filled with stories. The audience is invited to go on a fantasy journey into the life of the creator of the Wizard of Oz Books. Along the way, the play uncovers and discover the scores of other books and stories penned by this prolific American writer. The audience gets to interact with real and imagined characters from Baum’s life and the scores of memorable stories he created. The play is set in the early days of Hollywood when Frank Baum risked his fortune on a movie studio to produce the famous OZ stories that had brought him acclaim.
Raymond Wohl is an actor, playwright, teacher and producer. He started his life in the theater in Toledo, Ohio with his family of twelve. He has acted professionally in 20 states with touring theater and Shakespeare, Regional theater and Dinner theater, Summer stock and children’s theater. In addition, Ray has performed at over 300 schools, libraries, parks and churches. He wrote a comedy cabaret, adapted plays for children and is working on his third solo show. In 2017, Raymond wrote and performed and premiered, “Help Santa Go Green,” a new solo musical with story, song and sing-a-long about sustainability. “Help Santa” is ready to be produced at theaters around the country. And actors may license the script to portray Santa in their community as well. Ray taught the arts and performing arts for Chicago Public Schools for 25 years. He continues to be a life-long “Ozzie” and fan of all thing Oz. He is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA. firstname.lastname@example.org and Raymond Wohl on Facebook and Linkedin.
June 5 at 7:30pm
Madelyn Loehr in See That Girl
An autobiographical analysis of how early childhood experiences have shaped her life as an adult, Madelyn explores how trauma is passed on from parents to children, the ways in which we are entangled from generation to generation, and how her mother empowered her to be the dancing queen she is today.
A recent transplant to Chicago, Madelyn graduated with a BFA in acting from Otterbein University and is originally from Colorado. She can be found teaching yoga at CorePower Yoga and Green Shirt Acting Studio, and is a proud company member of Akvavit Theatre as well as The Agency Theatre’s collective ensemble. Madelyn was recently seen in Akvavit’s productions of Bad Girls: The Stylists and Ghosts & zombies, Actor’s Theatre of Columbus’s production of The Winter’s Tale, and Season 1 Episode 9 of Chicago Justice. She is wonderfully excited to debut her first solo performance piece with the SOLO Chicago Festival, and gives all the love thanks and gratitude to Mom, Dad, and Vassil for raising and supporting a dancing queen.
June 6 at 7:30pm
Marilyn Campbell-Lowe in Skin Trip
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to cross a color line? In celebration of the 50-year Anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia landmark civil rights decision, “Skin Trip” will answer that question through a humorous, intimate, family portrait that explores the myths, realities, obstacles, joys and love of one couple’s experience of interracial marriage in America.
Marilyn Campbell-Lowe is a published playwright, actor, co-founder (Writers Theatre) and comedy writer. She is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award (w/Curt Columbus), Best New Adaptation (Crime and Punishment). Other award winning plays include: My Own Stranger (based on the work of Anne Sexton) and The Beats, based on the work of Ginsberg, Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, and others). Her plays have been performed both nationally and internationally (Berkeley Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Cleveland Play House, Writers Theater, 59 E 59th Street Theater in NY, the Edinburgh Festival and in 2017 at Brockley Jack Studio, London). “Mixing It Up I: All About The Hair” was co-written with her daughter, Maria Merrin, and produced and directed by Ann Filmer, 16th Street Theater. Currently she is co-adapting a play based on Anne Ream’s book, Lived Through This, which will receive a lab production in Oct. 2018 at Piven Theater. She can currently be seen on the web series, Easy Abby, on Revry.