This time out, the podcast takes in a very different, very personal show, brought to New York’s off-off-Broadway from Seattle—Be Happy Be Mormon, written and performed by Kimball B. Allen & directed by Emma Hassett. Kimball grew up gay & Mormon in rural Idaho—and given that combination, his life didn’t exactly go according to the plan his parents had in mind for him. A letter his mother wrote to him while he was still a baby provides the spark for this auto-biographical exploration through Kimball’s childhood, to his coming out.
Listen in as Kimball & Emma discuss the boxes that others set up for us check (and what happens when you don’t check off any of them), the changes a director can pull out of a solo performer, dinner-table collaboration, and how you travel across the country to present your solo piece (hint: minimal props).
“I just got to sort of hear the stories, and say, ‘hey, what about this, or what about that?’…it was a great collaboration.”
“Yeah, we can’t wait for the next one!”
United Solo Theatre Festival presents
Be Happy Be Mormon
by Kimball B. Allen
directed by Emma Hassett
Wednesday, September 24 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, September 27 @ 7:30pm
410 West 42nd Street
tickets available via TeleCharge
production photos by Scott Wells
Kimball’s photo by Erin Schiedler
Emma’s photo by Pako Macias