2016 began with an invitation to return to the United Solo Festival in NYC as an Encore Performance. And we wrapped up with two sold-out shows in October and November! A highlight was our terrific write up in BroadwayWorld.com. The Bubbe couldn’t have said it any better.
Revving up for United Solo 2016. Returning for a second year at a festival means at least I know the ropes, so every single thing won’t be brand new. Working on some surprises in the script.
Gobsmacked is the only word I can think of. Just won the Best Dramatic Script Award at the United Solo Finale Event. Sitting in the audience with 100 fellow show folks, my name is called from the stage, I go up to receive my award. Unbelievable!! First script I’ve ever written.
The Bubbe had the BEST TIME in Times Square, chatting up total strangers. New Yorkers! Nobody blinked an eye. Video Man Tyler Milliron (www.millironstudios.com) made some great promo videos. Take a look here.
What a thrill to be accepted as part of the 6th annual United Solo Theatre Festival, just me and 149 other solo performers from 6 continents doing our thing on West 42nd Street in New York City. Starting to get crazy-busy working with Boston-based director, Ilyse Robbins and NYC-based producer, Sara DeViney to make the show ever-tighter and better!
This mini-travelogue captures some of the best memories of the remarkable Edinburgh experience. Truly an amazing adventure.
It’s taken a while to track down my video (done by a young woman from Glasgow), and get it edited into a 3-minute clip. This will give you a flavor of the show.
Up-close and personal audience engagement is a unique aspect of Edinburgh; anyone can write and post personal reviews and comments of shows they like (or don’t like)! I am touched by the many heartfelt comments I’m receiving. Here’s one of my favorites. Reverend Shawn Clerkin, Vicar of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and a theater professor in Erie, PA introduced himself as Father Shawn and gave me a big hug after today’s show. Thank you!!
“A poignant affirmation of the challenges of life and the power of grace to overcome them. Diane Ripstein’s performance is moving and inspiring, presenting several characters from her life that reveal our shared weaknesses and mutual strengths. Using the metaphor of movement, she literally dances us through her life. Yet the discoveries she shares transcend gender, culture, and perspective. MOVE ON THE CHA-CHA’S is a wonderful hour spent with a truly beautiful person!”
We’re all trying to get reviewers to come see our shows! Here’s a review from my very first preview performance (yup, still kinks to be worked out).
Marketing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an everyday affair, and you’ve got to spread the word any way you can. The scale of this Festival is HUGE. Here’s a quickie done on my Stage Manager’s iPad.
How exciting to SELL OUT Friday and Saturday nights at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. Love that home team crowd.
Before the show’s Watertown debut, I had coffee with the writer Holly Van Leuven, who produced this beautiful piece for WBUR’s The ARTery.