"2.5 Minute Ride" by Lisa Kron - July 30
Laura Ekstrand will perform, as the audience takes a roller coaster ride through the writer’s family album. Rising and falling between high hilarity and deep disquiet, the play demonstrates with disarming simplicity that humor and horror can share the same human moment. The play switches back and forth between Kron's journey to Auschwitz with her septuagenarian father, a Holocaust survivor; her Michigan family's annual pilgrimage to a Sandusky, OH, amusement park; and her brother's marriage to his Internet bride. The Sunday Times of London called the play "an unexpectedly powerful evening... hilarious...clever...and moving."
"Buyer & Cellar" by Jonathan Tollins - August 6
Scott McGowan will perform in this Off-Broadway hit, Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? The playwright ruminates with wit and creativity on the solitude of celebrity, the love-hate attraction between gay men and divas, and the melancholy that lurks beneath narcissism. Newsday
called it "a fantasy so delightful you wish it were true."
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"Panther Hollow" by David Lee White - August 13
White performs his own memoir, a play that tells the story of how the writer found a dead guy hanging from a tree in Panther Hollow when he was 25. He spent the next year finding solace in therapists, psychiatrists, psychotropic drugs, Tom Stoppard, skinheads, Satanists, Elizabeth Wurtzel, and a CD of Nordic death metal. Also, there was a second dead guy. Panther Hollow is the new, autobiographical one-man show from the playwright that brought Dreamcatcher Blood: A Comedy several seasons ago. It displays White’s characteristic neurosis, insight, and wild flair for comedy against a highly personal backdrop.
"High Dive" by Leslie Ayvazian - August 20
Janet Sales will perform as an American woman about to turn fifty, standing on a high dive at a pool in a hotel in Greece. She, being terrified of heights, has managed to climb to the platform and now clings to the railings, trying to summon the will to leap. As she struggles, she considers her life. Through a series of stories about harrowing natural and personal disasters that take place during past family vacations, the woman draws the audience into her decision whether to take this moment’s risk or to reconsider. "High Dive is well worth the plunge. This brief and light-hearted look at Ayvazian’s misadventures…is an engaging and often hilarious show from beginning to end," said the New York Daily News.
Tickets for all "Monologues at MONDO" are $20 when reserved in advance. and $25 at the door. Advance reservations -- strongly encouraged due to limited space -- are available by email via firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 917-969-4534. MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Parking is available in the lot behind the building, and the facility is wheelchair accessible.