About Each Solo Flight
Written by Michael Shayan (Discovery+’s “The Book of Queer”)
It’s Nowruz—the Iranian New Year—and who better to spend it with than our fabulous hostess, Roya? She’ll teach you how to celebrate in style. They say that on Nowruz, the souls of ancestors come alive and visit. Perhaps that’s what’s happening here tonight. Or maybe it’s just the strong Persian chai.
A Special Solo Flights Concert with Tony and Grammy Award® nominee Beth Malone, accompanied by David Dyer
Written by Gotham Award nominee Michael Gaston (“Power”)
In 2009, Michael Gaston, an actor, was encouraged by his boss to write about his family. So, he did. Slowly. Thirteen years later, he produced two pieces, a monologue, and a short story, and wove them into a play. The monologue is all true. The short story is not. The true story starts with one relative’s Union Army service, then another’s immigration to America from Belfast during the Great Depression, then heads to Tulsa, Hollywood, New York City, and finishes in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. The short story starts in Northern California and stays there. Both are about a lot of things, a whole lot of things, but, mostly, they’re about the measurable healing power of empathy, kindness, and love. With an original score written and performed live by Daniel Pearce, Gaston brings these stories together with Low Expectations.
Sally: A Solo Play
Written by Sandra Seaton (From The Diary of Sally Hemings)
Mistress, Common-law wife, or First Lady? Sally Hemings, the sister of Jefferson’s deceased wife Martha, demands that Jefferson, whose days are numbered, must keep his promise to free their children. In the solo play SALLY the stakes are high. Does Jefferson’s will soothe the grief, the memories held by blood kin, or does it revive old wounds and become a battleground?
Written by Kim Powers
It’s Friday night, March 2, 1960, and the very final episode of The Lucy/Desi Comedy Hour is about to film. And after years of playing Ethel Mertz, America’s favorite sidekick, Vivian Vance has a lot to get off her chest. Does she stay on to do the Fred and Ethel spin-off Desi Arnaz wants her to do – or does she abandon everything that’s made her rich and famous and try to find herself, before it’s too late?
Sparrows at the Bar
Written by Mike DiSalvo (Broadway’s Twelve Angry Men)
McCreary telling the story of his life, his love, and the unexpected shot at redemption he finds in a rural pub in Ireland. Over the course of the evening we’ll hear how Frank got into the newspaper game, how he covered City Hall for the New York Post, how he met, left, met again, and ultimately lost the love of his life, and how his search for peace led him to this particular seat in this particular bar. His story takes us from Baltimore, to New York, to Donegal, Ireland. Guinness is poured, and spirits are consumed.