How to Be a Singular Sensation: What Makes a Successful Solo Show at The Player's Theatre

05/21/13 115 MacDougal Street Map
(212) 714-7628 0-$12

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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces its April panel, How to Be a Singular Sensation: What Makes a Successful Solo Show on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre’s Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Panelists include Michael Alden, producer (Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel, Spalding Grey Stories Left to Tell, The King's Speech on stage, Grey Gardens, Bat Boy); Kevin Bailey, producer/general manager, co-founder MB Artists (executive producer of Ann with Holland Taylor, produced and represented Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard and the four highly successful plays in the Greater Tuna cycle); Matt Hoverman, writer (The Audience, In Transit, Who You See Here), actor and teacher of “Create Your Own Solo Show” workshops (helped create winners of the 2005, 2009, 2010 & 2012 FringeNYC Best Solo Show Awards); Paul Lucas, producer/general manager/international touring booker (Obie Award winner Taylor Mac, Lortel winner Iris Bahr's Die (Enough), Obie winner David Drake's Son of Drakula, A Conversation with Edith Head); Josh Rivedal, writer-performer-producer (The Gospel According to Josh). This panel will explore the production of solo shows: from how to identify a solo performance with commercial potential to how to move a solo show from the personal vision of a single artist to something with broad appeal. The panel will also discuss other markets that can sustain the life of a one-person show and how to define success in this specialized world. Admission is $12 (free for TRU members). Please RSVP by email to or by phone at (212) 714-7628 at least one day in advance. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-one year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

TRU’s monthly panels have been a core program of TRU since its inception, and in recent years executive director Ost has partnered with Back Stage to generate topics of interest to both TRU members and Back Stage readers. Founded in 1960, Back Stage is the world’s most trusted name in casting, auditions, and entertainment-industry opportunities. “Through TRU, Back Stage is able to reach beyond its actor base to a wider theater community,” said Ost, “and we get more visibility through the Back Stage connection.” For information about Back Stage, visit Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin Crisp, Psycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy. The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit or call (212) 714-7628.

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