Chicago and Me

4 06 2014

Seven years ago, I moved to Chicago from Seattle.  I landed in a whirlwind of auditions and new opportunities and took on all sorts of fun and wonderful projects.  One of these projects was a ridiculous show called “Impress These Apes,” which, if you’re in Chicago and haven’t heard of it, you should totally check out.  Each week we had a new challenge (e.g., write a short song about yourself and sing it with a musical instrument, make a puppet and perform an act, choreograph and perform a dance number, etc…).  For the final week, our challenge was to do anything we wanted to do.  The only limit was that it had to be under ten minutes, I believe.

I wrote and performed this piece:

Now, here I am in 2014, about to get married and move away from Chicago, to Georgia.  I was getting sentimental (typical me) and I wrote a new conversation with Chicago.  I’m delighted to say that I’ll be performing this new piece with Beast Women THIS SATURDAY at 10:30 pm at the Den Theater (1333 N. Milwaukee).  The Beast Women Cabaret is a show that runs three or four times a year.  They are a powerhouse of female talent from all performing art disciplines (sbeastwomenlogo_thumbtand-up, poetry, music, dance, and more).  I wouldn’t have become the solo performer I am today without all of the opportunities to try stuff out and stretch myself through their auditions and performances throughout the years.  I performed my first “conversation with Chicago” in their show seven years ago and am absolutely honored that they’re giving me the space–one more time–to put up something new and personal on their stage.

I’d love to see you there.

Beast Women
Amanda performs a new, original solo piece at this cabaret
The Den Theater
1333 N. Milwaukee
Chicago
$20 (cash only)
Saturday, June 7, 10:30 pm

 





The Fillet of Solo Festival is happening now!

4 01 2014

Chicago’s solo performance festival is happening right now and it’s kind of a big deal.  Lots of amazing performers are on the two-week long schedule and I am delighted to be performing two different times.  The annual festival is hosted by Lifeline Theatre and all of the wonderful details can be found by going to their website, here.  

Some amazing performers are in the line-up of shows this year! Check it out!

So many amazing performers are in this festival–check it out!

I’m performing a new story along with four other storytellers in, “Five From Rogers Park.”  Tickets are only $10 for any of the festival performances; you can also buy a fest pass for only $30!  Hope to see you at one of the shows!

Five from Rogers Park at the Fillet of Solo Festival
Amanda performs a new piece as part of Chicago’s solo festival
Heartland Studio
7016 N. Glenwood Avenue
Saturday, January 4, 6pm &  Sunday, January 12, 5pm





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.

5.5x4.25_postcard





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.