Seattle based Playwright/Performer, KIMBALL B. ALLEN, collaborates with Cornish College of the Arts alumna, Director EMMA HASSETT, for their first Off-Broadway premiere as part of the official selection of 2014 United Solo Theatre Festival. “Be Happy Be Mormon” is a voyeuristic look into the childhood of a Bambi-loving vegetarian, ballet slipper wearing, Diet Coke drinking gay Mormon Boy Scout.
Allen’s one-man show will debut on September 24 & 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC. A special preview in Seattle, before their New York City premiere, will take place on September 4 & 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Calamus Auditorium, Gay City, 517 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA. Washington State Senator, Marko Liias, will conduct a panel Q&A discussion (9/4 show only) following the performance with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Born into a large conservative Idaho family he doesn’t relate to, Kimball Allen chronicles his upbringing as a fabulous black sheep through colorful narration, private home movies, songs, dance and the occasional acrobatics in this hysterically tragic 60 minute performance. “Be Happy Be Mormon” is recommended for adults, theatre and LGBTQA communities.
More than 130 one-person shows will participate in this year’s annual United Solo, the world’s largest festival of solo theatre. The Festival will not only feature award-winning, internationally renowned performers, but also emerging new talents and it will present shows in a wide variety of categories including drama, comedy, musical, mime, stand-up, and magic. There will be shows based on original texts, as well as adaptations from classic theatre and literature. Many of the shows at this year’s United Solo will be world premieres.
New York City tickets are available now at Theatre Row box office, 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, as well as over the phone at 212.239.6200 and online at telecharge.com. Tickets for the Seattle preview show are available July 1st online at strangertickets.com.
Playwright/Performer: Kimball Allen. Director: Emma Hassett.
Producer: Scott Wells. Voice Talent: Keely Wolter. Photo by Erin Schiedler.