SOLOs

SOLOs, a co-production of The Rock River Players and the Hooker-Dunham Theater, filmed on the Hooker-Dunham stage, is a video montage of monologues, poetry & songs by talented local actors filmed by Brattleboro Community Television — premieres simultaneously on BCTV and YouTube.

Even though the performances are by single individuals, the aim of SOLOs is to bring actors, directors, and writers together with their audience during the COVID crisis until live theater is again possible.

If you’re interested in being part of this project, please contact us at info@hookerdunham.com or info@rockriverplayers.org.

Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6Episode 7Episode 8

00:09​ – Welcome
02:18​ – “Always Ridiculous” performed by Rose Watson
06:01​ – “Milo the Cat” performed Jonathan Kinnersley
09:05​ – “Annabelle Lee ” performed John Ogorzalek
11:41​ – “The Cherry Orchard” performed by Annie Landenberger
15:48​ – “The Meaning of Life” performed by Tino Benson
23:38​ – “Saint Joan” performed by Tom Ely
33:11​ – etc.. – “The Stranger’s Speech” performed by Dan Lloyd
36:18​ – “Richard III” performed by Cameron Cobane

“Shakespeare on Sleep” – Michael Kennedy
“Charles Henry’s Last Curtain” – Ron Bos-Lun
T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of Alfred Prufrock” – Jon Mack
Prospero in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” – Adrienne Major

00:09​ – Welcome
02:18​ – “Walter Simmons” performed by Stewart McDermet
05:10​ – “Diary of Adam” performed by Annie Landenberger
15:36​ – “Diary of Eve” performed by Thomas Ely
26:15​ – “Enoch Dunlap” performed by Stewart McDermet
28:50​ – “LEGACY (Grandfather, Father, Son)” performed by T. Breeze VerDant
32:56​ – “Judge Somers” performed by Stewart McDermet
34:36​ – “Macbeth” performed by Dan Lloyd
37:33​ – “Penniwit the Artist” performed by Stewart McDermet
39:23​ – “The Gettysburg Address” performed by John Moran
42:22​ – Credits & Thanks

Filmmaker, philosopher, circus performer, and actor William Forchion shares his spiritual and philosophical journey in this unique performance.

“Sense and Nonsense” is of a series of monologues that take aim at the destructive nonsense of gender/role stereotypes interweaved with the whimsical nonsense of Lewis Carroll’s poems.

(0:34​) Anneli Curnock performs “The Creature Speaks” from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The creature confronts Frankenstein demanding that he create another creature to end the torture of being totally shunned and alone.

Jenny Holan performs interludes of Lewis Carroll’s poetry.
(6:05​) “The Walrus and the Carpenter”,
(22:57​)“Father William”,
(32:52​),“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat”
(41:54​),“Jabberwocky”

(11:24​) Cyndi Cain Fitzgerald’s “Aphra Behn: A Woman of Ideas” introduces this powerful 17th century playwright, poet, translator, and author who was denied her rightful place in literary history because she was a woman. Directed by Jessica Gelter.

(23:35​) In “Elinor” , written and directed by Michael Nethercott, Cassandra Holloway portrays a stoic wartime nurse who felt she had to hold her feelings inside herself in order to care for severely injured soldiers.

(33:17​) Ian Hefele, in “Who’s the Mom?” by Sadie Portman, struggles to maintain his sanity living “24×7” with his husband and their children. He rails about those who treat him as their “token gay friend” and those who demand to know which of his children’s two fathers is the “mom.”

“Originals”

“Gertrude” written & performed by Annie Landenberger, directed by Bahman Mahdavi
“Moffit” written & directed by Michael Nethercott, performed by Joel Kaemmerlen
“Take Me” written & performed by Gary Keiser
“T” written by Matt Cogswell, performed by Charlene Kennedy, directed by Carrie Kidd
“The Daisy” written & performed by Johanna Gardner, directed by Bahman Mahdavi
“Open the package, Denise” written by Erica Walch, directed by Austin Rice


Running the Gamut

Veronica Stevens as Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion;
Joel Kaemmerlen in “Charles,” written and directed by Michael Nethercott;
Fred Lawrence in his original,”A Windy Tale from a Traffic Jam”;
Marisa Imon in her original, “The reason I’ll never know if my mother is losing her mind”;
Anneli Curnock in Hamlet, I, ii, by Wm. Shakespeare;
John Moran in three poems of war: “The Man He Killed,” “Base Details,” and “Dulce Et Decorum Est”;
Thomas Ely as the great and powerful Oz.