The Two Questions Posed to Artists Most Frequently

22 11 2010





I’m in Philly. And I’m prepared.

9 09 2010

I arrived in Philly today (in town in plenty of time for my three fringe shows this weekend) and have been bopping around on my own exploring different areas of this cool city.

Like anyone else who goes to see the Liberty Bell, my bags had to be checked.  Of course, I came right from the airport, so I actually had serious bags–not just a purse or a backpack.

After lifting up a container of homemade scones for my breakfasts and homemade cookies for my host, the officer discovered not one but three sock monkeys carefully curled up and tucked in amongst my clothing.  “Well,” he said, summing it up, “you seem to have everything.”

Yes, sir.  Yes sir, I do.

Oh!  What’s that you say?  You are (or someone you know is) in Philly and want to know about my show?  Well then, pretty please click right here and get all the monkey details!





The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey comes to Philly this weekend!

3 09 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey
Singlehood, Dating, and the Search for Something Real
Amanda Rountree takes a hilarious–and at times, heartbreaking–look at the cycles of relationships and the myths that we tell ourselves about finding a soul mate…..using sock monkeys.

Written and Performed by Amanda Rountree
Directed by Jen Ellison 

There are three performances in Philly as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival:  Saturday, September 11th at 4pm and 8pm, and Sunday, September 12th at 8pm.

The Shubin Theatre (The home of Philly’s Improv Theatre, PHIT)

407 Bainbridge Street

Philadelphia, PA

$10 at the door or on the web

If you know any folks in the Philly area, please tell them about this show!  If you’re into facebook, here are some links to event listings for the Saturday 8pm show and the Sunday show.  Thanks!

Amanda Rountree’s Bio
Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992. She relocated to Chicago in 2007 from Seattle where she was a performer and instructor with Unexpected Productions and a performer and co-artistic director of Playback Theater Northwest. Amanda has entertained audiences in seven countries and countless North American cities utilizing a wide variety of styles, disciplines, and formats. She’s performed everything from improv games in Kentucky and improvised Shakespeare at the Colorado Shakes Fest to drama therapy in Japan and breakthrough formats in Germany. Chicago audiences have seen her in Impress These Apes 2, Don’t Spit the Water, Soiree DADA: Shmukt die Hallen, The Beast Women Cabaret, and Rhino Fest . She is a graduate of Second City’s Conservatory and a company member of WNEP Theatre.

Jen Ellison’s Bio
Jen Ellison has been performing, writing and directing in Chicago for 13 years. Recent directing credits include The Lost Shakespeare Play (by Dave Stinton), Metaluna and the Amazing Science of the Mind Revue (by Joe Janes) for WNEP, Hackneyed for the Collaboraction 2008 Sketchbook, Funsplosion and Single Entendre (which most recently appeared at the TBS Just for Laughs Festival in Chicago) with Kerpatty!. Jen also wrote and directed Let There Be Light..! (Co-written with Dave Stinton in 2003) and Invasion of the Minnesota Normals, which had its Chicago premiere with WNEP in 2006 and was produced by Buzzworks of Los Angeles in March 2008. Jen currently teaches Screenwriting at DePaul University.

“Rountree is amusingly unafraid…”  –Chicago Tribune

“Amanda’s energetic and light performance style is the real anchor of the show…her sense of comedic timing is in full display.”  –An Angry White Guy in Chicago

“Amanda Rountree is radiantly endearing…”  –Chicago Theatre Blog





Only two and a half weeks till Philly!

25 08 2010

The monkeys have finally started unpacking from our Louisville trip and now I’m telling ’em to get ready to tour again.

The Good, the Bad and the Monkey has three performances (click here for dates/times/address) at the Shubin Theatre as part of PHIT’s “Side of Sketch” in the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or online by clicking here.

The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey
Singlehood, Dating, and the Search for Something Real

Amanda Rountree takes a hilarious–and at times, heartbreaking–look at the cycles of relationships and the myths that we tell ourselves about finding a soul mate…..using sock monkeys. This is certainly not the expected  one-woman show about being single or dating.  Rountree warmly invites the audience to come along on her own journey, playing herself for the entire show.  It’s the sock monkeys who take on the other characters in her life–friends, boyfriends, dates–bits of her own psyche.  Because the voices of the other “actors” are easily provided inside the heads of audience members, the viewers are gently wrapped up in this sincere and engaging world in a very amusing way.

“Rountree is amusingly unafraid…”  –Chicago Tribune

“Amanda’s energetic and light performance style is the real anchor of the show…her sense of comedic timing is in full display.”  –An Angry White Guy in Chicago

“Amanda Rountree is radiantly endearing…”  –Chicago Theatre Blog





The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey ~ In Philly!!

21 08 2010

The monkeys and I are hittin’ the road again….east to Philadelphia!  No one in the cast has ever been to Philly before, so it’s all pretty exciting.  Also exciting is that we have not one, but three shows scheduled!  Please see below for the details.

The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey
Singlehood, Dating, and the Search for Something Real

Amanda Rountree takes a hilarious–and at times, heartbreaking–look at the cycles of relationships and the myths that we tell ourselves about finding a soul mate…..using sock monkeys.

The Shubin Theatre

407 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, September 11 at 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, September 12 at 8pm

What critics are saying about Amanda….

“Rountree is amusingly unafraid…”  –Chicago Tribune

“Amanda’s energetic and light performance style is the real anchor of the show…her sense of comedic timing is in full display.”  –An Angry White Guy in Chicago

“Amanda Rountree is radiantly endearing…”  –Chicago Theatre Blog





Back from Louisville and heading to Philly!

21 08 2010

Taking The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey to my hometown was a success on all fronts!  I’m still so touched and overwhelmed by the number of people that came out to see my show.  There are about 140 seats in the lovely Bunbury Theatre and I was hoping to fill half of them.  So I was delightfully surprised when we were just a few seats shy of selling out last weekend!  I felt very good about the performance.

Since this is a one-woman show about being single (involving sock monkeys, no less), I recognize that some folks may not be exactly expecting great theatre.  Many, many folks came up to me after the show remarking with great surprise, “Wow. That was really good!  I mean, you’re really good!”* I am most flattered, however, when audience members tell me that they saw a lot of themselves in the show.  Not only is it a splendid co-validation (Cool, neither of us are crazy or alternately, Cool, we’re both crazy in the same way), it’s what I’m always after in my theatre–being awkwardly, vulnerably, unmistakably real, and connecting to that “real” in everyone else.  Isn’t that where true tragedy–and therefore comedy–reside?  Following the performance, the splendid folks at the Bunbury invited me back and I’ll definitely take them up on it.  Hooray!

Now, I’m getting my monkeys in a row for our three Philly shows next month!  I’ll perform the show multiple times in one weekend (and two will be on the same day)!  I’ve performed three or four ensemble shows in a row before–and even over thirty hours straight in an improv-a-thon (although admittedly, that particular situation ended with me on stage in a sombrero laughing and creating a dance to honor the bosom).  But performing my solo show multiple times in one weekend is something new to me.  It’s such an energetic and emotional journey to perform the show…I’ll have to make sure to take my vitamins when I’m in Philly.

*The monkeys insist that audience members who have high expectations will still enjoy the show.