Northwest Tour Update

9 11 2013

I lived in the pacific northwest–Seattle, specifically–for nine years.  Although I’m from the south originally, the pacific northwest always felt like home.  It was a no-brainer for me to at least attempt to do a tour out this way.  I toured my first solo show, The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey to Bellingham, Seattle, and Portland–the same three great cities I’m visiting for my 185 Buddhas tour.

But because the nature of this show is even more personal and quite conspicuously about my journey as a performer, it has been an honor and a joy to perform in the region where so much of my journey transpired.

Last night I had the first of two performances of 185 Buddhas in Seattle hosted by my home theatre of Unexpected Productions.  It was sort of like coming home and doing a show for my family and all of their friends in our living room.  I couldn’t have asked for a better night.  The audience was delightful and I am filled with gratitude that I got to share my story in a theater that takes up a big part of my heart.  And I get to do it again tonight!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar 
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison 185 Buddhas
Unexpected Productions at the Market Theater
1428 Post Alley
Seattle
$15 Buy tickets
Saturday, November 9, 8:30 pm

And next week, I’ll be in Portland, Oregon:

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar 
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
The Brody Theater
16 NW Broadway
Portland, OR
$12
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.

The Chicago Reader says, “Amanda Rountree is a riot!”  Audience members have described the show as “inspiring,” “funny,” “beautiful,” “insightful,” and “a must-see!“  The Chicagoist picked this show as one of their “three to see.”  Click here to watch a trailer for the show.  You can also click here to read a review of the show.





Buddhas/Bruiser: Only ONE more chance!

20 10 2013

My solo show, 185 Buddhas has one more performance in Chicago before it heads to the west coast!  And if you come out to see one of these Chicago performances, you’re in for a treat, because my show is running on a double bill with Kelsie Huff’s solo-show, Bruiser.

But you only have one more chance!  We’d love to see you there!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar & Bruiser
An evening of two solo shows!  Amanda’s 185 Buddhas and Kelsie Huff’s Bruiser
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago
$20
Sunday at 6pm:  November 3

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE STUDIO BE CALENDAR TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Chicago, you have three more chances to buy one ticket and see these two shows!

Chicago, you have only one more chance to buy one ticket and see these two shows!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.

The Chicago Reader says, “Amanda Rountree is a riot!”  Audience members have described the show as “inspiring,” “funny,” “beautiful,” “insightful,” and “a must-see!“  The Chicagoist picked this show as one of their “three to see.”  Click here to watch a trailer for the show.  You can also click here to read a review of the show.

BRUISER: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy

Some girls dream about their wedding day. Others long to play with ponies. Only a select few name and collect their scabs, speak to imaginary rodents in their minds, and make mortal enemies out of cute yellow doggies. Kelsie Huff brings to the Chicago stage the true story of how a misplaced tomboy blossoms into an even more awkward adult. “BRUISER” tackles the hilarity of adolescent and adult humiliation using Huff’s trademark blend of uproarious characters, crushing and unavoidable hereditary influences, and engaging storytelling. Huff shares her unique brand of humor in a new knock-down, drag-out solo show hailed as “comic gold” by the Boulder Daily Camera.

“Huff…a big-time talent, mixes a friendly Midwestern manner with a darker, slap-your-face-funny edge… a fearless chronicler of the awkward and the excruciating…” – The Daily Camera (Boulder)

“Her performance crackles with life and at its very best, gets into rare reaches of emotional ambiguity.” – The Daily Camera

“Bruiser” received 4 out of 4 stars in the Chicago Stage Review and won Best Solo Performance of 2011.

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185 Buddhas returns to Chicago in October!

23 09 2013
Chicago, you have four chances to buy just one ticket and see both of these shows!

Chicago, you have four chances to buy just one ticket and see both of these shows!

If you missed seeing this solo show during its run earlier this year, now you’ll have another chance to see it!  But I have even more good news:  185 Buddhas will be appearing along side Kelsie Huff‘s fantastic solo show, Bruiser!  Essentially, you can buy one ticket, but see two great one-woman shows in one night!  Wonderful!

 

 

 

 

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar & Bruiser
An evening of two solo shows!  Amanda’s 185 Buddhas and Kelsie Huff’s Bruiser
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago
$20
Sundays at 6pm:  October 13, 20, 27, and November 3

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE STUDIO BE CALENDAR TO PURCHASE TICKETS

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.

The Chicago Reader says, “Amanda Rountree is a riot!”  Audience members have described the show as “inspiring,” “funny,” “beautiful,” “insightful,” and “a must-see!“  The Chicagoist picked this show as one of their “three to see.”  Click here to watch a trailer for the show.  You can also click here to read a review of the show.

BRUISER: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy

Some girls dream about their wedding day. Others long to play with ponies. Only a select few name and collect their scabs, speak to imaginary rodents in their minds, and make mortal enemies out of cute yellow doggies. Kelsie Huff brings to the Chicago stage the true story of how a misplaced tomboy blossoms into an even more awkward adult. “BRUISER” tackles the hilarity of adolescent and adult humiliation using Huff’s trademark blend of uproarious characters, crushing and unavoidable hereditary influences, and engaging storytelling. Huff shares her unique brand of humor in a new knock-down, drag-out solo show hailed as “comic gold” by the Boulder Daily Camera.

“Huff…a big-time talent, mixes a friendly Midwestern manner with a darker, slap-your-face-funny edge… a fearless chronicler of the awkward and the excruciating…” – The Daily Camera (Boulder)

“Her performance crackles with life and at its very best, gets into rare reaches of emotional ambiguity.” – The Daily Camera

“Bruiser” received 4 out of 4 stars in the Chicago Stage Review and won Best Solo Performance of 2011.

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Buddhas at the Bunbury

3 09 2013

Produced in conjunction with the Bunbury Theatre Company, I will perform my solo show, 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar… in the beautiful and historic Henry Clay building in downtown Louisville this Saturday night, Sept. 7th.  Please click here to purchase tickets.

The Chicago Reader says, “Amanda Rountree is a riot!”  Audience members have described the show as “inspiring,” “funny,” “beautiful,” and “a must-see!“  The Chicagoist picked this show as one of their “three to see.”  Click here to watch a trailer for the show.  You can also click here to read a review of the show.  To purchase tickets for the Louisville performance, click here.

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison 185 Buddhas
Bunbury Theatre in the Henry Clay building
604 S. Third Street
Louisville, KY
$14
Saturday, September 7, 8pm

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.





185 Buddhas heads to the west coast this fall!

8 08 2013

The tour of my solo show about my journey through the world of improv is going on a little journey itself!  I’ve just confirmed some tour dates in some very cool cities on the west coast.  185 Buddhas is coming to Washington state and Oregon in November!  For exact showtimes and locations, please visit my show page.  If you live in one of these cities, I hope to see your face in the audience; if you know anyone who lives in any of these areas, please let them know about the show!  Thanks!

The Chicago Reader says, “Amanda Rountree is a riot!”  Audience members have described the show as “inspiring,” “funny,” “beautiful,” and “a must-see!“  The Chicagoist picked this show as one of their “three to see.”  Click here to watch a trailer for the show.  You can also click here to read a review of the show.

185 Buddhas185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Bellingham, WA:  Thursday, November 7, 10pm
Seattle, WA:  Friday/Saturday, November 8/9, 8:30pm

Portland, OR:  Thursday, November 14, 7:30pm

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.





185 Buddhas is coming to Louisville later this year!

29 05 2013

Louisville, Kentucky is a fantastic little city/big town.  I was very lucky to perform my first one-woman show, The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey there a few years back.  Well, I guess they must have liked me or something (or maybe they just liked the monkeys?), because they’ve invited me back!  Produced in conjunction with the Bunbury Theatre Company, I will perform 185 Buddhas in the beautiful and historic Henry Clay building in downtown Louisville this September.  (I just hope no one will be disappointed about the absence of monkeys.)

185 BuddhasThe Chicago Reader says, “Amanda Rountree is a riot!”  Audience members have described the show as “inspiring,” “funny,” “beautiful,” and “a must-see!“  The Chicagoist picked this show as one of their “three to see.”  Click here to watch a trailer for the show.  You can also click here to read a review of the show.  To purchase tickets for the Louisville performance, click here.

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Bunbury Theatre in the Henry Clay building
604 S. Third Street
Louisville, KY
$14
Saturday, September 7, 8pm

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.





A great, big “THANK YOU!”

29 03 2013

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating:  One cannot do a solo show alone.  I had great help from the obvious suspects, of course, like my director, Jen and the technical support of Joey and Andrew.  But there were also others who helped with a variety of skills and talents, including, most definitely, my amazing opening acts!  I was very lucky to have gotten so many talented people to open for my solo show.

One cannot do a solo show alone!  Thanks to everyone who helped me!

One cannot do a solo show alone!
Thanks to everyone who helped me!

In addition to all of these people on my list of “Who To Thank” I add every single audience member who carved out a bit of time on their schedule to see the show.  Life is busy and it can be hard to make time to see a bit of art on a Thursday night.  So I’m grateful and honored for everyone who took the time and came out.  Beyond that, I again thank the audience members who were generous enough with their enjoyment of the show to tell me (an actor’s ego thanks you for that) and to tell others.  I had quite a few audience members over the run who had heard about the show because someone they knew saw it, loved it, and suggested it.  And let me tell you, it certainly gives a performer a warm fuzzy feeling to look out into the audience and see so many familiar faces!  Yet it gives the same performer another type of joy to look out into that crowd and realize she doesn’t recognize every single face; that there are people who came–not because they’re supporting their friend–but they just want to see a good show, and heard that this was one.

I hope I gave everyone–friends and strangers–a good show.