A series of shows dedicated to monologues and poetry performed by local actors
SOLOs — a co-production of the The Hooker-Dunham Theater, the Rock River Players and Brattleboro Community Television — is a series of shows consisting of sets of monologues and poetry filmed on-stage in the Hooker-Dunham. The first show in the series will be premiered on BCTV and YouTube in late October. Many of our area’s most talented actors are contributing performances ranging from Shakespeare and Chekov to Edgar Allan Poe and T.S. Eliot as well as original material developed for the project.
“There is tremendous creative energy in our community. All of us in the arts are finding innovative ways to connect with our audiences. We conceived of this series of solo performances as a means of enabling local actors to reach their audiences while keeping everyone safe and healthy,” says Jon Mack, who hosts the series.
“As we have witnessed live theater go dark, the idea of this collaboration project between the Rock River Players, the Hooker Dunham Theater and Brattleboro Community Television to produce a series of well rehearsed monologues, soliloquies and poems in front of a camera for on-air & online broadcast seems like the natural next best option,” says Bahman Mahdavi of the Rock River Players, producer and lead director of the first show in the series.
In this first show, John Ogorzalek will perform of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem Annabelle Lee, Dan Lloyd will enact a Shakespeare’s Sir Thomas More monologue on the plight of immigrants, Cameron Cobane takes on Richard III’s “Now is the winter of our discontent,” and Annie Landenberger — founder of the Rock River Players — will perform a piece drawn from Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. Tom Ely will perform the Inquisitor’s monologue from George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan. Comic relief will be provided by a monologue of a cat’s view of its human “master” and Rose Watson will perform Always Ridiculous by Jose Echegaray. Tino Benson will perform an original piece, titled The Meaning of Life.
Subsequent shows in the series will include Michael Fox Kennedy performing a series of Shakespeare monologues on troubled sleep, Ron Bos-Lun will reprise his role from Cass Morgan’s Charles Henry’s Final Curtain, Jon Mack will take on T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and Adrienne Major will perform a Prospero monologue from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
All shows will be available to all without charge on BCTV and on the Hooker-Dunham’s YouTube channel.