John Leguizamo

Whoopi Goldberg
THE 2012 ALL FOR ONE THEATER FESTIVAL begins Friday, September 14th at The Cherry Lane Theatre/Mainstage, 38 Commerce Street, NYC, with 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by 10 extraordinary artists. This second AFO season, which continues through September 30, features the World Premieres of Alice Eve Cohen’s “WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW” based on her bestselling memoir, and “THE PURPOSE PROJECT” by Elizabeth Van Meter; and the NY Premiere of Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan’s new solo piece “FRUIT FLY.” AFO Festival directors include Lynne Taylor-Corbett, BD Wong and Colman Domingo. With solo icons Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo and Lily Tomlin on its Advisory Board, the AFO Theater Festival’s mission is to present the next generation of solo voices. The Festival offers two performances of each of the 10 plays plus 8 solo workshops with Advisory Board members Nilaja Sun, Gretchen Cryer, Matt Hoverman, Deb Margolin and Lynne Taylor-Corbett among others; a special master class with Leslie Jordan, AFO Advisor and 2012 AFO performer; and panels covering topics such as entering festivals, marketing, producing, and contracting for solo shows. The AFO Theater Festival will also present. works in development and talk-back audience sessions after every performance. Nilaja Sun will lead a special Mentoring Program for high school students.

The 2012 AFO Theater Festival performance schedule September 14 through 30 is: Wednesday-Sundays at 7 PM; Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM and 4:30 PM. All performances, panels and workshops in the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The CHERRY LANE THEATRE, 38 Commerce Street, NYC.

Regular Seats: $25, Student Rush: $15, Senior Citizen: $20, Group Discount (10+): $15, Festival Pass (1 ticket to a performance of each show): $200

Buy tickets online at or call Ovation Tix at (212) 352-3101. Tickets for all performances will also available for purchase at The Cherry Lane Box Office, 38 Commerce Street, one hour prior to performance.

The 10 solo plays and musicals written and performed by the authors in the


 Jennifer S. Jones

APPEARANCE OF LIFE by Jennifer S. Jones A riveting thriller set in Buenos Aires in 1976 about an upper class woman who becomes radicalized when her daughter is ‘disappeared’ by the Argentine junta. Directed by Jessica Lefkow

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 7pm & Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 4:30pm

ASKING FOR IT by Joanna Rush If you had a strict Catholic upbringing, ran off to pursue a dancing career in NYC, and were sexually assaulted by a ‘helpful stranger’ you meet at Port Authority Bus Terminal…were you just ‘asking for it’?

Directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett

Friday, September 14 @ 7pm & Saturday, September 22 @ 2pm

 Aizzah Fatima

DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE by Aizzah Fatima Sex, politics and religion collide as six Pakistani-American women air their dirty lingerie.

Directed by Erica Gould

Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 4:30pm & Thursday, Sept. 27 @ 7pm

FRUIT FLY by Leslie Jordan Emmy-winner and theatre favorite Leslie Jordan asks, “Do gay men become their mothers?”

Directed by David Galligan NEW YORK PREMIERE

Thursday, Sept. 20 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 7pm

 Carlo D'Amore

NO PAROLE by Carlo D’Amore From Peru to the streets of NY, the struggle between a con-artist Mother and her trusting son who tries to save her from her self-destructive habits of lying and stealing.

Directed by Colman Domingo

Sunday, Sept. 16 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 4:30pm

THE PURPOSE PROJECT: THAO’S LIBRARY by Elizabeth Van Meter Video and live performance combine to tell the story of a woman who finds meaning building a library in rural Vietnam.

Directed by Joe Ricci WORLD PREMIERE

Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 2pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 7pm

Cindy Cheung 

SPEAK UP CONNIE by Cindy Cheung “Nice Chinese girl" Cindy learns to speak up - as an Asian American, an actor and a daughter in this ukulele musical.

Directed by BD Wong

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 2pm & Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 7pm

WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW by Alice Eve Cohen Alice has an emergency CAT scan for an abdominal tumor, but is stunned to learn the bulge in her belly is not a tumor at all - she is 6 months pregnant!

Directed by Elizabeth Margid WORLD PREMIERE

Saturday, Sept. 15 @ 4:30pm & Friday, Sept. 28 @ 7pm

Debra Barsha 

A WOMB WITH A VIEW Award-winning composer Debra Barsha’s rollicking musical about a Lesbian couple’s quest for a baby

Directed by Frank Ventura

Sunday, September 16 @ 2pm & Friday, September 21 @ 7pm

YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?! by Mary Lou Shriber An original musical about an actress who never intended to be a nurse.

Directed by Joe Ricci

Wednesday, Sept. 19 @ 7pm & Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 2pm

The AFO Workshops, with a fee of $85 each, are:

Jump Starting Your Personal Narrative/Jennifer S. Jones

Wednesday, September 19 2:30-5:45pm

Tell Your Story: The Art of the Autobiographical Solo Show

Matt Hoverman Thursday, Sept 20 11am-2:15pm

Using Music in Your Solo Piece/Debra Barsha

Thursday, September 20 2:30-5:45pm

Tapping the Source: Creative Writing for Any Reason at All/Deb Margolin Friday, September 21 11am-2:15pm

Leslie Jordan

The Director/Performer Collaboration ($35.)/Leslie Jordan & David Galligan Friday, September 21 2:30-5:45pm

Alice Eve Cohen

Creating Characters From Your Life Stories/Alice Eve Cohen Thursday, September 27 11am-2:15pm

Writing for Solo Performance/Gretchen Cryer 

Thursday, September 27 2:30-5:45pm

 Joanna Rush

Making It Move: Using Movement in Your Solo Piece/Lynne Taylor-Corbett & Joanna Rush Friday, September 28 11am-2:15pm

Moment by Moment: Perfecting Your Solo Show/Nilaja Sun
Saturday, Sept. 15 11:30-1pm & Sunday, Sept. 16 11:30-1pm

The AFO Panels ($5 suggested donation) are:

Behind The Scenes of a Solo Show Sat., Sept. 22 @ 12 noon

Shannon Romines, Matt Hoverman, Cindy Cheung

Marketing your Solo Show Sun., Sept. 23 @ 12 noon
Gioia De Cari, Matt Hoverman, Rock Wilk

Festivals and You Saturday, September 29 @ 12 noon
Elena Holy,Paul Adams, Jennifer Conley Darling, Cheryl King

Producing and Contracting for your Solo show
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12 noon

Peter Breger, Peter Ligeti, Jenni Wolfson

Michael Wolk is Executive Producer of the AFO Theatre Festival

Associate Producer Megan Kolb, and Town Square Productions as General Managers. The Advisory Board of the All for One Theater Festival includes: Daniel Beaty, Gretchen Cryer, Mike Daisey, Tovah Feldshuh, Carrie Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Hoffman, Matt Hoverman, Leslie Jordan, John Leguizamo, Deb Margolin, Jackie Mason, Dael Orlandersmith, Eva Price, Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart, Nilaja Sun, Lily Tomlin and BD Wong.

All performances, panel and workshops in the 2012 AFO Theater Festival will be at The CHERRY LANE THEATRE, 38 Commerce Street, NYC (west of 7th Avenue South, 3 blocks south of Christopher Street), and accessible via the A, B, C, D, F and M trains to West 4th Street or the #1 to Christopher Street. 

Off Broadway Photos By: Carol Rosegg