Ann Randolph Trailblazes Outrageous New Comedy Theatrical Experience
“…a show like no other…100% fun…” Huffington Post
Popular and provocative performer, Ann Randolph returns to WICA Mainstage with her new show Inappropriate in All the Right Ways—a magical mystery tour of the creative life, complete with TED style pointers that leave the audience awed and inspired. Randolph is just coming off a sold-out extended run of her new transformational theater experience in San Francisco.
Inappropriate starts with Randolph sharing her own wild ride: from living in a mental institution in Appalachia; to living on a boat off the coast of Alaska pretending to clean the Exxon Oil spill with some good ol’ boys from Louisiana; to a homeless shelter in Santa Monica; to hooking up with Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft for an off Broadway run on 42nd St; to teaching thousands to take the stage and speak their truth. Each step of the way, we watch Randolph face tremendous obstacles and defeats and are witness to how each of these challenges illustrates potent lessons for living a creative, engaged life.
Randolph says, “People often come up to me after my autobiographical solo shows and share their own stories with me and I thought why not do it in the theater. We all want to feel that our story matters and I wanted to create a structure and format for the audience to have a chance to speak their story.”
The audience is then invited to map their own life stories—with a focus on the highs and lows. Randolph says, “I use a collaborative process and what emerges is extraordinary. We see how a person’s losses often lead to illumination and a sense of purpose in life.” Randolph also shares, “Whether you decide to take the stage or not, (yes, it is optional), you will be inspired by the shared humanity and the resilience of the human spirit.”
About Ann Randolph:
Ann Randolph is an Ovation Award® winning playwright and performer. Her multi-character solo show Squeeze Box was originally produced by Mel Brooks and the late Anne Bancroft and went on to become a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit. Her most recent solo show, Loveland, premiered at The Marsh and for which she was named, Best Solo Performer in San Francisco 2010” by the San Francisco Examiner. The show has toured both nationally and internationally and enjoyed a critically-acclaimed run at the Arena Stage in D.C. It also won San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award for “Best Original Screenplay.”
Randolph’s previous solo shows and plays have garnered many awards. She was a former member of the Groundlings and Unsafe Sketch, receiving LA Weekly’s “Best Female Comedy Performer.” Her solo show, Miss America was awarded “Best Solo Show” and as an actress she has appeared in numerous plays including the long running cult classic, Bob’s Office Party for which she created the roles of Brandy and Carol. The LA Times wrote of Randolph’s performance: “In a pair of wickedly hysterical roles, Randolph steals the show.”
As a writer, she has contributed personal essays to NPR, Weekend America and the BBC. Ann has also made numerous TV and film appearances including the release of Internet Dating with Kat Williams.
In addition to writing for the stage, she has also created original programming for Gullane Pictures, PAX, Lifetime, and Klasky Csupo.
As an educator, she travels around the country, leading a multitude of writing and performance workshops. The emphasis of these workshops varies from transformational writing for healing to crafting a performance monologue. She has taught at NYU, Ohio University, Wells College, Hollyhock, Esalen, Kripalu, Omega, and many other academic institutions.
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