Thoughts about the show from an audience member…

22 03 2013

I am having a delightful time performing my one-woman show, 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar…  I can’t believe that the run is almost over!  When I got online this morning, I was greeted by a lovely message from an audience member who saw the show last night.  Here is the message:

“I cannot stop thinking about your show, it’s still talking to me in so many ways. It needs to go viral, more viral than the book of Mormon.  😉  I’m going to promote it to as many people as I can force. Thank you for writing it and sharing it with us.”  -Tareq M.

You don’t have to take his word for it, come check it out on your own!  …But you only have one chance left!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar (with opening act, Amy Sumpter)

Amanda Rountree in 185 Buddhas

Amanda Rountree in 185 Buddhas

Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door Buy Tickets!
Thursday, March 28 at 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 artform, 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.





Ever Mainard opens for 185 Buddhas this week!

4 02 2013

I am so very happy that one of Chicago’s top comics is opening for my one-woman show, 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar this week!  Ever Mainard is delightful to watch and if you’ve never had a chance to see her perform live, please come on out to the show and check her out!  If you want to buy tickets in advance for Thursday’s show, please click here.

Want to know more about Ever?  The following bio was taken from her website:

Ever Mainard  is a stand up, writer, improviser, all around funny gal.

Ever Mainard

Ever Mainard

Ever is one of Chicago’s top stand ups. Chicago Magazine credits her being one of the top 100 comics, Metromix/ Redeye says she’s one of the Top Seven Acts to Watch in 2012, and Gaper’s Block credited her to being one of The Most Influential Women in Chicago Comedy

Ever has appeared in the Just For Laughs Festival (2012) along side with Pete Holmes, Hannibal Bueress, and Jeff Garlin.  Ever has also performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (2012, Best of Bridgetown, Best of Chicago), Chicago Sketch Fest, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival (2012, Headliner) and more.

Ever’s monthly show “The Shit Show” has been called “gangbusters” by the Chicago  Suntimes and  ’…Hip-(with) cross genre comedy..” by The Onion A.V. Club.   Ever is also  a cast member of  the esteemed Chicago Underground Comedy and performs regularly at The Beat Kitchen select Tuesday nights.

Ever has worked with  Maria Bamford,Nick Thune, Fortune Feimster, Greg Berhandt, Sonya White, Bill Dwyer,and more.

Her work has been seen on Jezebel.com, The Apiary, N.P.R., The Onion A.V. Club, and countless other websites!

Ever’s spontaneous characters, quick witted anecdotes, and quirky mannerisms will have you laughing well after her performance.  Her background in improv gives her the ability to create visceral and border line cathartic moments in her crowd work and off the cuff riffs.  She performs regularly at The Beat Kitchen with her cast mates of Chicago Underground Comedy and as a co-producer/host of the A.V. Club recommended and Critics Pick-’The Shit Show.’

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison 185buddhas_palmcard_front-01
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door Buy Tickets!
Opening Night:  February 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.





One more chance to see a preview of 185 Buddhas BEFORE the run!

16 01 2013

Lifeline Theater’s Fillet of Solo Festival is still running through most of this month–and that means you still have another chance to check out Amanda Rountree’s one-woman show, 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar…  If you can’t make it this month, no worries!  185 Buddhas runs every Thursday in February and March at Studio Be on Chicago’s north side.

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Heartland Studio Theater
7016 N. Glenwood Avenue
$10 Buy Tickets!
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4pm

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door Buy Tickets!
A different opening act each night!  Thursdays in February and March at 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.

There are some pretty fantastic acts lined up to open for 185 Buddhas in the Feb/Mar run!  Look at this list!

Feb. 7:  Ever Mainard                                   185buddhas_palmcard_front-01
Feb. 14:  Ian Foley
Feb. 21:  Ed Smaron
Feb. 28:  Dave Stinton
Mar. 7:   Janna Sobel
Mar. 14:  Kelsie Huff
Mar. 21:  Twitty Birds
Mar. 28:  Amy Sumpter





Opening Acts for 185 Buddhas

21 12 2012

I’m delighted and honored to announce the opening acts for the Feb/Mar Chicago run of my solo show, 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar…

Feb. 7:  Ever Mainard, comedian
Feb. 14:  Ian Foley, comedian
Feb. 21:  Ed Smaron, singer/songwriter/musician
Feb. 28:  Dave Stinton, comedian
Mar. 7:   Scott Whitehair, storyteller
Mar. 14:  Kelsie Huff, comedian/solo-performer
Mar. 21:  Twitty Birds, Conway Twitty covers on ukelele (Jeff Gandy and Andrew Thorp)
Mar. 28:  Amy Sumpter, comedian/storyteller

Talk about some talented people!  I am incredibly excited to have such amazing folks warmin’ up the crowd for my run!  Hope you’ll make it the show!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison              185buddhas-poster
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door
Thursdays in February and March at 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.

 





Frickin’ Awesome Theater Company

1 11 2010

When I first moved to Chicago, a friend told me about a theater that performed “What No one Else Produces.”  I was immediately intrigued.  A little over a year later, I was fortunate enough to become an ensemble member of that company–WNEP Theater.  We do about one or two big projects a year.  It’s made up of some amazingly talented writers, performers, and directors.  And if you haven’t checked out a WNEP show, I hope you will.  Any company that can successfully pull-off a Dadaist take on Christmas or a beautiful theatrical exploration of Edward Hopper paintings is something folks should see.  Our next big production will be after the holidays.  WNEP is bringing back its acclaimed improvisational performance, Postmortem, a documentary based on an obituary from the day’s newspaper.  Until then, WNEP fans can satisfy their appetites once a month at our Frequency show on Chicago’s north side.  And if you’re a performer, please contact us to get a spot for your piece!  (More info on WNEP’s Frequency and the next show on November 20th can be found by clicking here). Oh!  And if you’re on facebook, please become a fan of WNEP Theater and/or of our monthly shows at Transistor!

Dave Goss, managing director for WNEP and friend asked all of the company members to answer two pretty big questions.  Below are the questions and my answers.  Please check out the site for more company members’ profiles!

1) List ten things a person would have to do to understand you as an artist.

Read my teaching notes.
Find the connections in everything.
Play with the audience.
See both the show I did in the aged turret in Switzerland and in the beer tent at the Kentucky State Fair and observe the similarities.
Paint with calm impatience.
Turn an agonizingly long primal yell into a funny story.
Taste words.
Be affected by what you think the world is trying to tell you.
Journal about it, sleep on it, and then make it into a show.
Make up a song about fruit and perform it for your plants.

2) List ten things a person would have to do to understand you as a person.

Accidentally move to a new city. Then live there for several years.
Become vegan–or at least vegetarian.
Be tormented and bullied by a cruel caste system in grade school and then blessed and honored with amazing friends thereafter.
Journey alone to Ruby Beach.
Recycle. Even if you live in a city that doesn’t make it easy. Sigh.
Walk. A lot.
Allow yourself an uncontrollable laughing fit (30 minutes or more) now and again.
Work no less than twelve ridiculous jobs while you follow your dream.
Feel guilty that you’re not doing more.
Feel bad that you made yourself feel guilty. Take a nap. Then start the cycle over again.