I am lucky enough to be involved in not one but TWO amazing solo shows this year, A GOOD DIVE by Puja Mohindra and TAKE ME TO THE POORHOUSE by Liz Femi. Both shows just featured at NYC’s UNITED SOLO Festival, and are truly amazing productions with great futures ahead of them. I played Dramaturge for both, and from here the work continues. S/O to Liz for winning “Best of Fridge Extension” and “Best International Show” at the Hollywood Fridge festival, and to Puja and AGD director Marti Lyons for their big NYC workshop debut. Follow the shows below!
First up is Liz Femi’s TAKE ME TO THE POORHOUSE
Take Me To The Poorhouse is is a sparkling new comedy about Lizzie, a middle-class Nigerian third grader who dreams of becoming poor to win the heart of her popular classmate.
Told through Lizzie’s perspective, we meet a charming 72 year old “African Matlock”, tackle Voltron (defender of the universe), experiment with Jerry curls, discover a local cook who serves “secret delights of a cow”, and reluctantly befriend a headstrong 7 year old suitor with an over-confident lisp.
Inspired by true events, this “upside-down Cinderella story” is a children’s story for adults – witty and wise, hilarious and heartfelt. Audiences are offered a fresh glimpse of African life as they are introduced to a girl eager to reject herself in to order to feel like she belongs.
Next is Puja Mohindra’s A GOOD DIVE
Geeta Gidwani doesn’t want the arranged marriage her parents have. She’s an American girl and wants to fall madly in love, like she’s seen in Shakespeare, Bollywood movies and her favorite show, “Friends.”
But, after a family trip to a holy Indian temple inspires her to wish for a soulmate, she meets Manish, standing at the corner of tradition and fairytale.