Excerpt from One Breath, Then Another
In my first two years studying at the Stella Adler Conservatory, I discovered my vast range of physical, vocal, and emotional expression. I couldn't believe this all lay within me before without my knowing. Movement classes had me stretching, dancing, rolling on the floor, rolling over others, massaging others, being massaged, absorbing the connection between breath and movement. Voice classes taught me that generating powerful, resonant vocal sound was a full body endeavor. I practiced by lying on the floor, inhaling deeply into the space below my navel, uniting my breath with my voice, relaxing my face and body, opening my mouth and expelling voice at the ceiling in a slow, steady stream. Exercises with the muscles of my lips, face and tongue taught me to fully experience the formation of vowels and consonants. The mechanics of speaking and moving, basic things I did all the time, began to entice me.
My classmates and teachers were all fiercely creative and talented, inspiring me beyond belief. I became fearless on stage, amazed at how I could conjure any emotion and really experience it if I connected deeply with the imagined reality of the scene. I could do anything: scream, cry, dance, flail, strip, make out. I loved pushing myself to extremes and receiving positive feedback. I had never felt so alive and free.
After catching her fiancé screwing her friend in a bar bathroom, Celeste reads under a Snapple bottle cap: We can't stop ourselves from suffering, but we can learn how to suffer better. Mystified, she seeks out a homeless man, maid, elderly woman and lowly massage therapist to showcase their suffering for an audience that will determine who’s suffering best.
Premiered Sun, Nov. 23rd at 6pm.
Magnet Theater. 254 W. 29th St. $5.00
Last year, Edith Shlivovitz shared her life story in "Edith Shlivovitz: Eighty-Five & Still Alive." This year she’s eighty-six and hard at work on a highly abridged (25 minute) solo version of the beloved Sondheim musical, "Into The Woods." She is a devout fan of musicals because of their impactful life lessons. Her favorite musical (aka her Holy Bible) is "Into The Woods" due to the inclusion of a heart twisting lesson in every song, likely attributed to all those fairy tales being crunched in there together. Since "Into The Woods" is three hours long and usually somewhat expensive, Edith is creating the abridged, solo, a cappella version as a charity project, summing up its valuable lessons so people in need can experience the show’s profound wisdom and also save some time and money. With a suitcase of wigs, props, and costumes, and at least one line from every song, she’s planning to tour children’s hospitals, homeless shelters, waiting rooms, emergency rooms, psychiatric wards and maximum security prisons. In the meantime, she’ll be premiering it at the Magnet Theater, thinking that it might be a good place to make some connections with doctors, nurses, corrections officers, prison wardens, paramedics, homeless people, hospital receptionists, and the like.
Based on my memoir. The show is part yoga class, part solo performance.
Premiered on Sat. Nov. 9th 4:10pm as part of Solocom at The People's Improv Theater. 123 E. 24th St. NYC.
Written & Performed by Amanda Miller
When Edith’s husband’s liver gives out during a bar fight, she doesn’t know how she’ll recover. A Talking Heads video soon inspires her to spearhead a campaign for peaceful drunkenness, which leads to homelessness, a threesome, escape to Kansas, and reconnection with an old girlfriend who becomes her domestic partner.
Featuring all the characters in this comedy reel and more, (Manic Yogi, Drunk Homeless 80s Girl, Purnima the ashram lady, Kevin the angry yoga guy):
Previously performed at The People's Improv Theater, The Magnet Theater & The Tank
Does lonely New York living ever make you want to open your tiny window and scream “F$%@!!!” at the brick wall? Meet Susan and George, lovelorn neighbors with tired voices and weary souls who plunge crotch first into the dark world of dating. Guided by Jolly Bean, the magical-musical hobo who lives outside their building, Susan and George brave psychos, stalkers and sex addicts, only to find that love might be right next door. Shawn Shafner and Amanda Miller perform all thirty parts in this 55 minute dark comedy. Directed by David McGee.
Trailer By Blake Drummond: