The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey: full video

14 11 2012

Born out of a silly idea of having very emotional moments with inanimate objects on stage, I wrote and performed my very first solo show, The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey in 2009.  I was fortunate enough to have the very talented, Jen Ellison direct me in this endeavor.  I previewed it on the west coast–in the supportive and friendly theaters that are like second-homes to me:  The Upfront in Bellingham, WA, the Brody in Portland, OR, and of course, Unexpected Productions in Seattle.  A few months later, I had a successful (read: I didn’t lose tons of money and people really seemed to like it) run in Chicago.  I took it to more cities after that (Philadelphia, Austin, TX, and my hometown, Louisville, KY), then back to Chicago for a couple more runs.

Here is that show in its entirety.  As an artist, posting a recording of a live performance is never completely easy or comfortable.  Watching it on a screen is a different experience than in the theater.  Yet, now as I begin working on the staging of my next one-woman show (directed again, by Ms. Ellison), posting a recording of my first one seems right.  It’s good to completely close a chapter before delving into the next.

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.

 

Special thanks to Fuzzy Gerdes for filming the performance!





Over and Out

19 11 2011

Whew!

The short run of The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey has come to a close.  I am very grateful that it was a success!  I’ve said (typed) it before, and I’ll say (type) it again….  A solo show can’t be done alone.  It truly takes so many people supporting the performer to make it a success…..   And I’m not just talking about the director, stage manager, house manager, etc….  In addition to these fantastic folks, a solo show could still not be done without an audience.  I am so very grateful to all of the friends, colleagues, students, and also the folks I don’t know that came out to see this show.  I’d like to also mention how thankful I am to all of the people who urged their friends and colleagues to see it.

I’m split right now between thoughts of touring Monkey again next year and writing a new solo show.  Well, actually, it’s a three-way split.  I also just want to go to sleep.  The monkeys, it seems, have already made up their minds with what they’ll be doing in the near future…..

…perhaps I’ll join them.





One More Chance, Chicago!

11 11 2011

We are nearing the end of my short, three-performance run of my show, The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey at Stage 773.  I hope you’ll be able to make it out to this funny, unique show!

The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey (with Evan Jacover opening) 
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Stage 773′s Cabaret Theatre                                  
1225 W. Belmont
Chicago
$12
Thursday, November 17 at 8:00 pm

Please click here to get your tickets online!





The new phonebooks are in!

11 11 2011

Last week, Ms. Nellie Huggins from the cool Chicago-based online publication, Gapers Block contacted me.  She interviewed me about my one-woman show and comedy in general.  Please click here if you’d like to read the interview.





November 10 and November 17

8 11 2011

There are only two more chances to see this show!  If you only see one solo-show with sock monkeys this year, make sure it’s this one!

The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison 
Stage 773′s Cabaret Theatre
1225 W. Belmont
Chicago
$12
Thursdays, November 10 & 17 at 8:00 pm

This week, Jet Eveleth opens!

Evan Jacover is the opening act on the 17th!

Click here to purchase your tickets online!





Two More Chicago Monkey Appearances!

4 11 2011

Last night’s show was great!  The folks at Stage 773 are delightful, Kelsie Huff’s opening act was stellar, and the audience was terrific.  It’s always fun to hear people’s take on the show after seeing it.  It’s admittedly not your run-of-the-mill solo show.  Because there are three sock-monkeys whose dialogue the audience “fills in” in their minds, one audience member mentioned to me last night that “It didn’t even feel like a one-woman show!”  I love that the voices in my head have begun to inhabit other people’s heads.  Heh, heh…  Please check out one of the next two shows!

The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison 
Stage 773′s Cabaret Theatre
1225 W. Belmont
Chicago
$12
Thursdays, November 10 & 17 at 8:00 pm

And the opening acts continue to be fantastic!  Check out Jet Eveleth on the 10th or Evan Jacover on the 11th.

The two biggest misconceptions about this show (from folks who haven’t seen it) are that it’s a puppet show or that it’s a male-bashing show.  Nope on both accounts.  I don’t speak for the sock monkeys–I just react to ’em.  And if I’m making fun of anyone in this show, it’s myself.  So, come out and see it, why don’t you?  You’ll be glad you did.  (Ooo, I’m getting good at this marketing thing.  While I’m on roll, please “like” my fan page.)  Thanks!





The Good, the Bad, and the Monkey returns to Chi-Town!

18 10 2011

The monkeys are back!  And this time, they’re bringing opening acts!

You’ve only got three chances to see the monkeys in action at Stage 773’s Cabaret (1225 W. Belmont).  We’ll be there the first three Thursdays in November at 8pm.

And each night brings you a different opening act!

November 3:  Kelsie Huff

November 10:  Jet Eveleth

November 17:  Evan Jacover

Click here to get your tickets!  Hope to see you at the show!

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 Good, the Bad, and the Monkey
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Stage 773′s Cabaret Theatre
1225 W. Belmont
Chicago
$12
November 3, 10, & 17 at 8:00 pm