Solo Show Festival, September 27-30

The Lake Erie College Department of Theatre will present a Solo Show Festival September 27-30, 2018 in the C.K. Rickel Theater of Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts.

Solo headliners include playwright Eric Jaffe (New York), “professional talker” Paul Strickland (Cincinnati), actor and writer Nancy Ma (Los Angeles), and local Orson Welles expert Chris Lambert.

Several smaller solo acts will open with oral storytelling at 7:30 p.m. each night, and one of the four headliners will follow. These short performances in the first act will include a variety of individuals discussing topics ranging from personal experiences with mental health challenges to handling post-traumatic stress disorder as a veteran. The headliners for each evening are as follows:

Thursday, September 27:  Eric Jaffe, “C-”

“C-” is a comedy about a once promising student who tracks down his formerly hard-partying, now middle-aged fraternity brothers in order to understand the value of the education he largely squandered. Based on 65 interviews with Jaffe’s former fraternity brothers, “C-” is a funny yet poignant look at the value of education, the trials of finding your way in world, and how perspectives change as people age.

Friday, September 28: Paul Strickland, “Balls of Yarns”

Winner of the Cincinnati Fringe’s Pick of the Fringe Award, “Balls of Yarns” is a wild new world from Paul Strickland where creaky doors sing, libraries are separate from truth-braries, and extraordinary stories travel through yarn and tin-can. It has been described as “David Lynch meets The Wizard of Oz.”

Saturday, September 29: Nancy Ma, “Home”

“Home,” a one woman show written and performed by Nancy Ma, is based on her experiences growing up in an immigrant family in New York City. Ma has performed “Home” at the 2017 Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, the Pan Asian Repertory Theater, United SOLO and more.

Sunday, September 30: Chris Lambert, “An Evening with Orson Welles”

The night before his death, Broadway and Hollywood legend Orson Welles was persuaded by his good friend Merv Griffin to finally open up about the old days. This one man show begins with larger than life Orson (Lambert) reviewing some notes about his life and preparing to tape a show that will be broadcast the next week.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 a night or $10 for the entire weekend.

In addition, there will be an opening night reception on September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the B.K. Smith Gallery in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts. Registration for the reception is not required.

For more information, contact Dr. Jerry Jaffe at

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