Monday, March 30, 2009

Mike Daisey set to open the 6th annual soloNOVA Arts Festival

terraNOVA Collective is proud to announce it will honor Mike Daisey (How Theater Failed America, If You See Something, Say Something) as this year's soloNOVA Artist of the Year at the 2009 soloNOVA Arts Festival, running May 6-31 at the DR2 Theatre and D-Lounge at the Daryl Roth Theatres off Union Square. Mr. Daisey will open the festival with a fiery keynote address, Why Solo Performance Matters: A Manifesto on May 6, 2009 at 8pm in the DR2 Theatre.

"We couldn't be happier that Mike is a part of this year's festival." terraNOVA artistic director Jennifer Conley Darling said. "He breaks out of conventional expectations of the art form and explores new and important issues to not only theatre but the world. It's what great artists do."

Mike Daisey had this to say about being part of this years soloNOVA, "Monologuists, performance artists, and solo performers of all kinds are hungry for the kind of opportunities a festival like soloNOVA creates, and I'm delighted to have been asked to talk about the unique value and position the solo form occupies in the theater as a vital force for illumination and change."

The festival settles into its new home this year at the DR2 Theatre and the D-Lounge, presenting ten main stage solo performers, two solo fine art shows, and three late night evenings at 10pm on Thursdays called the Ones at Ten, featuring shorter form lone singer/songwriters, spoken word artists and comedians.

"A few years back, we toured the Daryl Roth Theatres and saw the potential for bringing all aspects of the festival together under one canopy," James Carter, soloNOVA's lead curator, said of the festival's new residency. "The main stage performers show in the DR2 Theatre, late night performers in the D-Lounge, and visual artists show in the lobbies of both spaces. It's the next evolution of the festival."

For more information on soloNOVA 2009, go to www.terranovacollective.org

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